Farmers have important message for meat-eaters

AUSSIE BBQ CATTLE
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – NewsWire Photos JANUARY 26, 2024: Abby and Hugh Thomas from Eungella Shorthorns with bull Tony under the Harbour Bridge on Australia Day. Picture: NCA NewsWire / Nikki Short

There were wild scenes in Sydney as farmers brought the country to the city, with working dogs rounding up cattle and sheep under the looming silhouette of the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

Celebrating the Great Aussie BBQ at Hickson Rd Reserve, people from all walks of life gathered at the picturesque site on Australia Day – including our bovine friends.

Farmers from all around the state also attended the event, proudly demonstrating the efforts of their incredible working dogs and prized livestock.

AUSSIE BBQ CATTLE
Chloe, Abby and Hugh Thomas from Eungella Shorthorns with bull Tony under the Harbour Bridge on Australia Day. Picture: NCA NewsWire / Nikki Short
AUSSIE BBQ CATTLE
People enjoy the Great Aussie BBQ under the Harbour Bridge on Australia Day. Picture: Nikki Short

The sight of cattle being herded in the middle of Sydney CBD was intended to remind people of where their food comes from, and reconnect consumers with the hard work of the state’s farmers.

With supermarket price-gouging playing a key role in the lives of farmers in recent times, the demonstration also sought to remind city-slickers that farmers exist and highlight their struggles.

NSW Northern Rivers farmer and founder of Our Cow Bianca Tarrant attended the event and said the purpose of the unorthodox demonstration was to raise awareness.

“It’s getting harder and harder for us to produce food, especially sustainably on the farm,” Ms Tarrant told Today.

AUSSIE BBQ CATTLE
People celebrate Australia Day in Sydney. Picture: Nikki Short

“Our costs are going up, input costs are going up, so we want to be able to showcase what we’re doing and just show people that there are other ways to support farmers.”

The crunch of supermarket price gouging is currently under investigation by the ACCC, however the investigation is not expected to be completed for another year.

Ms Tarrant said regardless of how long it took, the inquiry was a very important one and an issue worthy of investigation.

AUSSIE BBQ CATTLE
People enjoy the Great Aussie BBQ on Australia Day with a sausage sizzle. Picture: Nikki Short

“It’s really important, especially times like now, to be thinking about where your food comes from, connecting with farmers and thinking about what the future looks like for farming in Australia,” she said.

“We want to be able to keep farming as a sustainable and a viable option – thinking about where your food comes from.

“Everything that we do everyday as a society has something to do with farming, from the food we eat to the milk in our coffee, the fibre on our clothes, we really need to be thinking about looking after farmers and putting farmers first ahead of profits.”