SOME of the best Hereford and Poll Herefords from northern NSW will be on offer at the 74th annual Glen Innes Hereford Bull Sale.
The two-day event is the longest running multi-vendor Hereford sale in Australia, and will feature 96 bulls and seven females this year.
The action begins with the show on July 25, where judge Ben Davies, Wild Bear Herefords, Wodonga, Victoria, will judge all sale bulls for the grand champion bull, best pen of three, and best pen of six.
There will also be a yardsman's pick, which is judged by helpers who have more than 200 years of experience at Glen Innes between them.
In last year's show, Wendouree Poll Herefords had the best pen of three, while Kylandee Herefords had the best pen of six and the grand champion bull.
There wouldn't be many Hereford studs who haven't bought or sold at Glen Innes. It's a sale that's renowned for quality, but with value for money.
Following the judging, the committee will host a get together at the New England Club, where they will auction off the inside covers and centerfold spaces for next year's guide and announce the winners from the show.
The sale, beginning at 11am on July 26, will feature genetics from 20 studs - Ashmar, Dundee Echo park, Bahreenah, Eathorpe, Booyong, Emu Holes, Braelyn, Foxforth, Courallie J, Grassy Mountain, Jindalee, Swanvale, Kylandee, Tahlan, Mahtava, Valley View, Reevesdale, Wendouree, Supple and Willgoose.
While the sale has had incredible success over the years, reaching highs of $45,000 in 2016, it's a sale designed for both commercial and stud buyers, committee chairman Angus Vivers said.
Last year's sale topped at $20,000 for a horned bull, with all bulls averaging $5973.
Angus Vivers, who has been chairman of the organising committee for nine years, said the sale catered for smaller studs that don't have the numbers for on-property sales.
- Quality line up from Courallie J
- Dry spurs shift to paddock to plate operation at Texas
- Glen Innes sires fit for stud, commercial use
"After talking to our agents Andrew Meara and Brian Kennedy are very happy with the bull, especially considering the widespread drought."
Mr Vivers said there wouldn't be many Hereford studs who haven't bought or sold at Glen Innes.
"It used to be a week-long event, and in 1985 they catalogued 795 bulls. It's a sale that's renowned for quality, but with value for money."