SHOW TIME: Busy preparing for this year’s North Coast National at the showground yesterday are dairy goat breeder Louise Woolbank (front), of Tuckurimba, and fellow exhibitors (rear, from left) Gordon Starkey, of Whian Whian, Nigel Taylor, of Nashua, Terry Woolbank, of Tuckurimba, and Ken Northfield, of McKees Hill; and (front, from left) Tony Powell, of Lismore, Greg Sparks, of Wyrallah, and Mich
SHOW TIME: Busy preparing for this year’s North Coast National at the showground yesterday are dairy goat breeder Louise Woolbank (front), of Tuckurimba, and fellow exhibitors (rear, from left) Gordon Starkey, of Whian Whian, Nigel Taylor, of Nashua, Terry Woolbank, of Tuckurimba, and Ken Northfield, of McKees Hill; and (front, from left) Tony Powell, of Lismore, Greg Sparks, of Wyrallah, and Mich Jacklyn Wagner

It's all hands on deck on eve of show

GOATS don't eat tin cans or the washing from your clothes line.

Just ask Tuckurimba goat farmer Louise Woolbank, whose dairy goats are some of the best in the world and will be on show at the North Coast National this Saturday.

“Goats are browsers - they like to eat weeds and bushes and things like that,” she said. “But there are a lot of myths about goats.”

More than 50 top quality dairy and boer goats will be on display at the Lismore Showground this week, and there will be some cute baby goats for the children to pat.

“This year we're pleased because we are hosting the dairy goat spring show, which is a statewide event,” Ms Woolbank said.

“We're expecting a very good roll-up this year. There will be some very good goats on show.

“All the action will be on Saturday, with two rings judging at the same time.

“There will also be some goat milk and goat cheese sampling. We've also got some goat soap to show people.”

With the North Coast National about to get into full swing, a lot of work is happening on the ground and behind the scenes to prepare for opening day.

Cousins Emily Hand and Kahira Goodwin, both 17, who are studying tourism and event management at Wollongbar TAFE, are doing work experience at this year's show.

“It's going well. Some of it is hard work and other parts aren't,” Emily said. “But the phone is ringing constantly.

“We've been doing surveys, putting up signs and helping out people who need a hand around the showground.

“I like the people and all the volunteers, they are really helpful.”

The North Coast National officially starts tomorrow and continues until Saturday.

NO PUBLIC HOLIDAY LISMORE residents no longer enjoy a half-day public holiday on the Thursday of the North Coast National. Last year's application for the holiday was approved, but the show society cancelled it because of concerns from schools and the business community. No application was made this year.


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