Rain fails to dampen spirits at annual Roma Cup race meeting

Even the rain couldn’t keep them away as I enjoyed the hospitality of Paul Tully and Mark Woolley of McInnes Wilson Lawyers at the annual Roma Cup race meeting.

Following a huge downpour on Friday night at the Calcutta, a drenching that conspired to cancel the last race on Saturday, much to the joy of all graziers and those who took to the track for a sprint in the downpour.

Great to catch up with the Landmark crew – Rod Turner, Mark Bourne, Jason Michelmore, Darryl Langton and Richard Bright.

With the election looming, candidates for Warrego Ann Leahy and Robert Loughnan were also on the hustings.

Boyd Curran and Don Noon popped around for a chat and had smiles as long as the Roma straight after the downpour.

Michael Taylor of Midwest Rural Traders also continued his long association with the Cup, a keen supporter on the day.

It is always great to catch up with old friends every Roma Cup day, including Roma Turf Club president Ranald Ferrier, Peter Moody (guest speaker at Calcutta evening), Margie Neill, Surat, and of course Betty and Colin Tully.

Once again the top owners of the Mandalay Motel looked after us so well.

National AgDay provides an opportunity for all Queenslanders to celebrate and be proud of our state's contribution towards feeding and clothing the world, AgForce General Grant Maudsley said on Tuesday.

Mr Maudsley made the comments ahead of a community barbecue AgForce hosted in Australia's beef capital, Rockhampton, for the inaugural National AgDay early this week.

"Agriculture is a foundation of the Queensland economy and a vital contributor to our society, underpinning tens of thousands of jobs in regional, rural and remote communities and thousands more in our cities," he said.

"The recent Agricultural Census revealed Queensland is now the most valuable agricultural state in the country, producing almost a quarter of Australia's food and fibre.

"Over 330,000 Queenslanders are employed across the whole food supply chain, meaning that about one in seven Queenslanders are either partially or entirely supported by the food sector.

"No matter where you are in Queensland, agriculture provides employment opportunities and supports small businesses that keep our country towns ticking."

Mr Maudsley said it was fitting to be celebrating National AgDay in Rockhampton as the Fitzroy region was the biggest beef producing area in Australia with 2.6 million head of cattle, while there was also significant grain, cotton and horticultural production in the area.