History

Gary Prior (Life Member) recalls…

In 2001 the CBBA was able to obtain a government grant to mark the Centenary of Federation celebrations. An application for a statue of a Poll Hereford bull to be erected was granted, which is now owned by the CBBA.

The funding submission and construction of the bull was organized by Doc Cunningham and Rachelle Clark which involved costs of $15,000 to construct and another $5000 for transportation from its place of construction - Rockhampton, QLD.

Tim Fisher, the then Deputy Leader of the Federal Govt. performed the Grand Opening along with Life Member, Jean Hayes from Undoolya Station.

The Poll Hereford breed was chosen as it represents one of the main breeds of cattle which were the foundation of the Central Australian Beef Cattle industry during the last 100 years. However, cattle in Central Australia have been changing over the past 30 years with bos indcus becoming more popular. This can be attributed to live export markets opening in the north of Australia, the change in market requirements and grazier’s own preferences.