It will be a long wait until the 2022 Royal Adelaide Show for Lucindale siblings Emily, Maddi, Charlotte and Austin Hann, but they have already started planning.
Their mother, Nampara Angus stud principal Nat Hann, says to come so close to having a show this year was more disappointing than 2020 when it was called off much earlier, although she knows the decision was out of the organisers' hands.
Nampara stud debuted at the Royal with their stud cattle for the 2019 Angus feature show and they were excited about their second time as exhibitors with 10 head entered.
Emily says it took a while to sink in when she heard the "horrible news" last week and Mrs Hann expects during show week they will reflect on what they are missing out on.
It is now another year with those from the city not getting a chance to learn about agriculture too.- Natalie Hann, Nampara Angus stud
"We were really looking forward to catching up with people and the children are at an age now where they are doing a lot more with the cattle so it was going to be nice for them to do that down there," she said.
"It is now another year with those from the city not getting a chance to learn about agriculture too."
Mrs Hann says the show ring is a "great shop window" for any stud and enables her and her husband Stuart to benchmark their genetics.
The Hanns have now turned their sights to the spring country shows.
"We did Mount Pleasant and Mundulla earlier in the year and while some shows have already been cancelled, hopefully we can get a few more in like Murray Bridge and Naracoorte, " Mrs Hann said.
"It is a nice family day out that we can do as a family and we have other children that will come along with us that went to the Heifer Expo - it is just good fun."
ROYAL Agricultural & Horticultural Society of SA beef cattle committee chairman David Copping said last week's decision was "devastating", with stud cattle exhibitors putting months of work into their entries.
"It was always in the back of our minds that it could happen, but we were hoping we would get through this time," he said.
"When it happens this late we can't offer much for the stud cattle but we can still offer the carcase part which is what the industry is all about."
Mr Copping is pleased they can continue with the carcase competition and expects 130 to 140 steers from schools and breeders to be processed at Teys Australia's Naracoorte abattoir on Monday, September 6.
The winners will be announced at 11am on Sunday, September 12 at the showground.
And while there will be no live judging, the Ag Teachers Association of SA and the SA Young Beef Breeders are looking to hold a virtual on-hoof competition with schools submitting photos of their steers.
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