More than 5000 bulls from 196 studs will be on display throughout Victoria and the Riverina when Beef Week gets under way next week.
Representing 26 breeds, studs are expected to net up to $35million in total during Beef Week through on-property bull sales in February and March.
Of the 196 studs participating in the week, 35 will conduct bull auctions during the busy autumn sale season.
These annual sales have catalogued 2500 bulls that will be on display for potential buyers to inspect throughout Beef Week.
‘‘The 161 studs in Beef Week that do not have on-property sales will offer bulls during Beef Week and will also have on display bulls catalogued for the big multi-vendor national sales coming up at Wodonga and Dubbo later in the year,’’ Beef Week director Geoff Phillips said.
‘‘We estimate another 2500 bulls will be cleared by these 161 studs.’’
A total of 58 Angus studs will be on display, making it the best represented breed, closely followed by Hereford with 57 studs.
Long established breeds such as Shorthorn, South Devon, British White and Belted Galloway will be displayed while newer breeds such as Speckle Park and Wagyu will create interest.
There will also be lesser known breeds on display such as Australis, Senegus, Simangus and Speckleline.
‘‘All breeds have a contribution to make to the beef industry depending on target markets and environment in which they need to operate,’’ Mr Phillips said.
Stud breeders will be on hand at host properties to explain the attributes of the various breeds and discuss the needs of stud and commercial producers.
Livestock agents and breed society staff will also use Beef Week to visit clients and members and gain first-hand knowledge of the latest industry trends.
The RASV Heifer Challenge conducted in conjunction with Beef Week has attracted 45 entries with participating studs to display 10 heifers from their 2016 drop that will be replacements in their registered breeding herd.
These entries will be on display on their Beef Week day and will be judged by former Galloway, Angus and Buchan Black breeder Malcolm Cock, who has been breeding, showing and advising in the cattle industry for more than 40 years.
Beef Week opens on Monday, January 29 in the north-east Riverina and progresses through nine days until it concludes in north-east Victoria on Tuesday, February 6.