There will be boot scootin' and boot scrubbing as one of Australia's largest agricultural shows, the Ekka, makes its return.
The Queensland institution, in its 143rd year, opens on Saturday after a two-year hiatus due to COVID-19, but amid a new threat - foot and mouth disease.
As livestock gathers from across the nation for displays and judging, organisers have implemented measures to reduce the risk of the potentially devastating biosecurity hazard.
"We have introduced footbaths and boot scrubbers at the livestock pavilions, just to ensure when people are coming in and out of those areas they can scrub any manure off their boots," Queensland's agricultural association boss Brendan Christou told AAP.
"There is a lot of signage ... with mostly city people coming to the show, just reminding them about biosecurity and how important it is for the safety of our livestock and for the industry."
Australia has been on high alert after the contagious foot and mouth disease was identified in Indonesia. But the show must go on.
The Ekka is billed as Queensland's premier agricultural competition event, attracting on average more than 20,000 entries across 11,000 classes in 55 competitions.
The stud cattle competition is the largest of its kind in the southern hemisphere.The champion of champions award will be named on Saturday.
About 400,000 people will attend the Ekka over nine days.
Queensland minister for agricultural industry development Mark Furner says the Ekka is a great opportunity for people to better understand rural life.
"We are talking about an industry forecast to produce more than $23 billion in economic value this financial year and contribute to 13 per cent of the value of Queensland exports," he said.
Australian Associated Press
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