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Meet the farmers showcased at this year’s Ekka

Brisbane’s Ekka brings the bush to the Big Smoke, showcasing the best of Queensland’s farmers and food producers.

Kicking off on Friday 10 August, it’ll attract more than 21,000 entries for competitions like best produce and biggest animals.

Alan Jones’ favourite section of the show is Meet A Farmer.

This year’s farmers are Kay and Dave Tommerup, from Kerry in the Scenic Rim Region, who own one of the smallest commercial dairy herds in Queensland.

The Tommerup’s have been on the farm for six generations and Kay puts it down to “the ability to diversify”.

Also a farmstay, they welcome visitors to stay on their property in two of their historic homes, both built in 1888.

“We show them what it’s all about… show them all about farming really and the reality of what happens. We don’t sugarcoat anything.”

Click PLAY below to hear from Kay

You can find more information on Tommerup’s Farmstay HERE

Bill Goetsch will also be front and centre at the Ekka this week.

The 15-year-old from Kalbar, southwest of Brisbane, first starting showing cattle at the Ekka when he was five.

Previously, showmen and women have had to sleep in the pavilions, but Billy has gone “upmarket” this year and will be staying in the neighbouring hotel.

“Yeah, it’s good aye!” he tells Alan.

Click PLAY below to hear from Billy

The Ekka runs from Friday 10 August to Sunday 19 August, for details click HERE

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