February was all about big, bigger and biggest.
The story that attracted the most Queensland Country Life readers was the gallery of images from the Miles Picnic Races, which saw hundreds of racegoers pour into the small town.
But the biggest theme throughout the February stats was the many stories on business expansions and job opportunities.
A popular story was news the Ravenswood Gold project was set to bring more than 160 jobs and $50 million in goods and services to North Queensland.
Located 90km south-west of Townsville, it was expected to bring on an additional 60 permanent positions and more than 100 construction jobs in the year.
The mine had secured a 254-person workforce as it undertook its expansion and spent more than $50 million on goods and services from businesses in Townsville, Ravenswood, the Burdekin and Charters Towers.
Also of interest was that Queensland's largest commercial-scale sheep and goat abattoir was set to embark on a $9 million expansion of its facility at Charleville that would open up 60 more jobs for the community.
As well as ramping up the number of animals processed a year from 460,000 to 900,000, Western Meat Exporters managing director Campbell McPhee said it would enable them to begin value-adding and to look into regional branding.
The state government was contributing $4m to the expansion, through its $175m Jobs and Regional Growth Fund, and WME is putting up the other $5m.
The rapid take-up of exclusion fencing and projected expansion in sheep and goats was the catalyst for the investment, according to Mr McPhee, who said the continued government investment into the sheep industry was greatly welcomed.
Readers also raced to learn more about the dangers of unguarded bore pumps after a station worker was tragically killed in the Northern Territory.
The station worker failed to return after checking bores and was later found entangled in a bore pump with fatal injuries.
Preliminary findings indicated the worker's clothing got caught in the bore pump's moving parts, police said.
WorkSafe NT said the pump's pulleys and belt were unguarded exposing the worker to a number of hazards including entanglement, friction and abrasion hazards, when the pump was running.
Bull sales also made a comeback with the Big Country Brahman Sale with a first time vendor selling their sole sire for $130,000 to top the grey section.
Katrina and Gary Lynch, Gracemere Brahmans, were overwhelmed with the result which saw Gracemere Play Boy 14 sell for the eye-watering sum to Kelvin and Margaret Maloney, Kenilworth Brahmans.
The sale, which had never cracked the $3 million mark, this year blitzed the former total to gross $5,259,500, with an average price of $13,250.
Throughout the sale 289 bulls sold to gross $4,519,500 and average $15,640.
Another 108 heifers sold to gross $725,000, to average $6715 and top at $32,000.
Photos from the Roma Rugby 7s were also a hit.
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