About $650,000 and 130 bulls changed hands at the 79th annual Williams Lake Bull Show and Sale last week.
“We had an awesome bull show and sale. Everybody was very, very happy,” said Wilf Smith, regional manager for the B.C. Livestock Producers Co-operative Association.
“Prices were really good.”
Smith said bulls averaged about $5,000 per bull, with some of the show winners taking top prices.
In the Hereford class, Haley Bell took home the Grand Champion trophy presented by Finning, while one of Cliff and Kari-Ann Pogany’s bulls won the Reserve Grand Champion trophy sponsored by the Williams Lake Tribune.
Both the Grand Champion and Reserve Grand Champion herefords were purchased for $8,750 and $10,500 respectively, by local ranchers Lois and Cliff Hinsche.
In the Angus class, Grand Champion honours went to Dan and Janette Speller of Sealin Creek Ranch while Reserve Grand Champion was won by Todd Marchant and Pam McGuiness of Schochaneetqua Angus of Big Lake.
The Grand Champion and Reserve Grand Champion angus sold for $9,500 and $8,000 respectively, purchased by Durness Angus of High River, AB and Meadowbrook Ranch of Horsefly, B.C.
The 79th annual Williams Lake Bull Show and Sale, the largest of its kind in B.C., saw the show opened Thursday by Grant Huffman, director of the BC Cattlemen’s Association.
A highlight of Thursday’s show was when longtime Chilcotin ranchers Tony and Barri Bayliff took to the ring Thursday to accept the prestigious Hereford Legacy Award for their contribution to the Hereford cattle industry along with their son Mike and his wife Corrine. It was only the second time the award has ever been handed out.