Strong bull sales are expected to make the 75th annual Williams Lake Bull Show and Sale a hit.
Pam Abrahamse, secretary for the Williams Lake Bull Sale Association, who also works for the B.C. Livestock Producers Co-op, says there are 148 bulls entered this year from 43 contributors at the annual show and sale that takes place Thursday, April 19 and Friday, April 20 at the BC Livestock Producers Stockyards.
The bull breeds this year are Simmental, Angus, Hereford, Shorthorn, Charolais, Limousin, and Gelbvieh.
Darrell Comazzetto from Kamloops, B.C. will be the judge and Wilf Smith, manager of BC Livestock, Williams Lake Stockyards, will open the show at 1 p.m. Thursday, April 19.
Haltered bulls are shown in the ring in age and breed classes and are judged during the show.
The bulls that score high marks from judges will be awarded trophies before they are then sold the next day at the sale.
“The Stampede Queen, Davana Mahon, and Princesses Bobi Bracewell and Alexia Colton will be here on show day presenting ribbons and trophies, and to help with the festivities.” Abrahamse says. “Everyone is welcome to come and watch the show and attend the sale as it is very interesting.” There will also be a pen show taking place before the regular show, and a large outside agriculture display with Cariboo GM hosting a tasty lunch at its booth.
The sale is one of the biggest in B.C. agriculture. Every year about 700 catalogues with bull listings are printed and distributed through the mail or at the Williams Lake Stockyards, where the show and sale takes place.
The bull listings are also available online at www.bclivestock.bc.ca for buyers to look at before the sale.
While much of the sale will be strictly business, there will also be time for sellers to meet and greet each other in a fun, relaxed atmosphere at the sale’s social, which will be held at the Williams Lake Curling Club at 7 p.m. April 19.
The social includes a dinner and drinks and is a great way for the buyers, sellers and the social’s organizers and sponsors to meet and network and have a little fun before they get down to business.
Tickets for the social are free and available at the door.
This year there will be four groups of commercial heifers to kick off the sale.
The sale April 20 will be at 11 a.m. with auctioneers Larry Jordan, Wilf Smith, Wayne Jordan and Alan Smith.
The buyers and sellers social evening is hosted by the Williams Lake Bull Sale Association and is funded by many generous sponsors. Georgio’s Catering is once again providing a wonderful beef on a bun buffet.
For more information contact Abrahamse at 250-296-4744 or visit www.bclivestock.bc.ca.