Primex 'family' gathers for annual trade show reunion
CASINO'S Bennett family are no strangers to breeding cattle and no strangers to exhibiting them either.
Doug Bennett of Little Valley Braford Stud, just north of Casino, will have his cattle on display at the 35th annual Norco Primex Primary Industries Expo at Casino from May 16-18, just like they've been almost every year.
Little Valley Braford Stud, at Stratheden, just north of Casino, is celebrating 50 years of braford breeding this year and has been exhibiting at Primex since 1986 - a year after it started.
Stud owner Doug and son Cameron will again be part of this year's event.
"We were the first cattle display at Primex," said Doug Bennett, with more than a hint of pride.
"We have been here (at Primex) ever since.
"We have found that Primex is a great way of profiling what we do."
Doug's parents, Wally and Joy Bennett, bought the property at Stratheden in 1955. They launched the braford stud in 1969.
"This year we are celebrating 50 years of braford breeding," Doug said.
"Cameron is part of the business - the third generation - and he has three boys.
"So, the future is looking pretty good."
Norco Primex director Bruce Wright said the Bennetts were an integral part of the "Primex family".
"I know all four generations of the Bennetts," he said.
"There are a lot of new features of Primex, but we are also proud of our history and the strong friendships that have been created along the way.
"Primex is more than a trade show, it is also a massive, friendly social gathering."
Wright said while the event remained at its core a primary industries expo, the appeal in 2019 was to almost every demographic and age group.
"This is our 35th Primex and in recent years we have included numerous features that make it attractive to almost everyone," he said.
"Many of these features make Primex especially appealing to older people - free parking, an increased amount of seating around the entire precinct, lots of food outlets, a miniature train which will carry people around the whole site and a continuous shuttle bus to drop-off points in Casino.
"We have worked hard to ensure that people of all ages don't just have one or two reasons to come to Primex, but five or six.
"One of the big success stories of the event has been the Paddock to Plate Pavilion, which will be even bigger this year.
"Here you can see the amazing products that are growing in this region.
"We will also have top chefs using the produce to prepare gourmet meals.
"But there is so much more to see and do."
Norco Primex will be held from May 16-19 at Casino.
Gates open each day at 9am and close at 4pm.
Tickets can be purchased at the gate, however visitors are urged to buy tickets online so there is no waiting in a queue.
For tickets and all information relating to Primex, go to primex.net.au.