The Riverina has lost one of its most well-known livestock agents with the death of Greg Hulm on Tuesday.
Fellow agents and livestock sellers were left in shock as they came to terms with the loss of not only a business acquaintance, but a close friend.
Mr Hulm, age 58, was the principal of G.J. Hulm and Co until about three years ago when he was bought out by business partner Issac Hill and subsequently retired.
Mr Hill said Mr Hulm’s passing was a big loss for the region and it was a shock to lose him at a relatively young age.
“Greg was an outstanding livestock judge, he was very well respected among clients, other agents and buyers,” Mr Hill said.
“He was too young for that to happen.
“It will be a loss of a familiar face around the saleyards every Monday and every Thursday.”
Wagga Livestock Marketing Centre business unit manager Paul Martin said, on behalf of the centre and its staff, that Mr Hulm was a valued stakeholder and he would be sadly missed.
Representatives of Mr Hulm’s family were not able to provide a statement before publication.
Mr Hulm could be frequently seen in the The Rural auctioning off sheep and lambs alongside Mr Hill and G.J. Hulm and Co stock agent Tyler Pendergast.
His firm set a national lamb price record in August, 2010 by hitting the national record of $200.
Mr Hulm told The Rural at the time that lambs were as heavy as he had seen and he was thrilled to witness prices climb so high at Wagga.
“I don’t think we will see it (the market) go too much higher, this is as high as it will go ... we are coming to the end of the supply of these heavy lambs now,” he said.
Mr Hulm also purchased newspaper advertisements to “congratulate the Fowler Family of Kooroogong Pastoral Co. for producing 186 magnificent lambs which sold for a record of $200”.
The company broke the record again one month later.