Primex promotes local livestock
LOCAL livestock displays will be one of the highlights of the 26th Primex agricultural field day when it kicks off at Casino on Thursday.
Primex provides breeders and livestock associations with the opportunity to promote themselves and their breeds.
The Northern Rivers Hereford Breeders will again have a livestock display at Primex.
“We have been coming to Primex since it started,” the group's president,Neville Gibbs, said.
On display will be seven horned Hereford bulls from Franco Herefords at Woodview and Poll Herefords from the Pocupar Hereford Stud at Old Bonalbo.
Breeders also use Primex to showcase stock which is available for sale, Santa Gertrudis breeder John Sivewright said.
Mr Sivewright has been coming toPrimex for three years.
Last year one of the bulls on display at the exhibition was subsequently sold at the All Breeds Sale for $12,500.
“It definitely pays off coming to Primex,” he said.
This year, Mr Sivewright will have bulls, heifers, cows and calves on display.
Preparations for the opening got under way last Friday, with much of the accommodation in Casino already booked out.
Casino Motor Inn owner Ian Gibson said the ‘No vacancy' sign was up at his motel.
“It's excellent. You look forward to it every year,” Mr Gibson said.
“The trade is always strong when Primex is on.”
Guests at the motel booked every year and usually stayed for between three and four days, he said.
Mr Gibson said much of the accommodation in Lismore, Kyogle, Alstonville and Ballina also was booked out because of the event.
Mr Sivewright's JGS Santa Gertudis stud will be holding an open day on July 31, starting at 9am at his stud at Three Chain Road, South Lismore.
Franco Herefords will be holding a sale at their Woodview stud west of Casino on July 30 at midday.
Primex is on from Thursday to Saturday. Gates open at 9am and close at 4pm.
For more information visit www.primex.net.au.