A time-honoured tradition in the ranching industry, the 82nd annual Williams Lake Bull Show and Sale is set to get underway Wednesday, April 17.
“For us, this is like a working holiday coming here,” said Leslie Richardson of Richardson Ranch.
Leslie and her husband Don travelled all the way from Tlell on Haida Gwaii for the annual show and sale and arrived in the lakecity Sunday as sellers with six, prized Polled Herefords on the offering. They have been coming to the Williams Lake Bull Show and Sale for the past 16 years, and even longer to the one in Vanderhoof held last weekend.
“All our friends are between Vanderhoof and here. Where we live we’re the only ones who do what we do so it’s nice to come here.”
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Sellers have been arriving all week from across B.C. to bring in their prized bulls for the show and sale, which is one of the top selling all breed sales in Canada. This year the event is showcasing 121 Angus, 45 Hereford, two Shorthorn, three Charolais, four Simmental and two Gelbvieh breeds for ranchers to choose from.
As it is also one of the last bull sales of the season, the show and sale attracts interested buyers from across the province.
“People come here year after year for the top quality bulls,” said Wilf Smith, who along with Bruce Rolph were busy Tuesday setting up the space for the also popular agricultural trade show.
“Come out and see the great trade fair at the 82nd annual Williams Lake Bull Show and Sale,” said Smith. “Everybody’s welcome.”
The show starts at 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 17 followed by a social held that evening at the curling club for buyers and sellers.
The sale begins at 11 a.m. Thursday, April 18. Both events take place at the B.C. Livestock Yards on Cattle Drive.