Right to the end of his life, Gregory Hulm enjoyed life on the land.
The 58-year-old stock agent and former business owner died suddenly on Tuesday October 9, following a brief illness.
Born May 13, 1960, Mr Hulm began his lifelong career in the livestock industry at age 17, training as a stock and station agent with Farmers And Graziers, Tumbarumba. He followed the company to Queensland when it relocated.
Upon his return to the Riverina in August 1996, Mr Hulm established the GJ Hulm Co company.
He retired from the company neigh on three years ago, at its acquisition by business partner Isaac Hill.
It was a shock for Mr Hill to learn of his passing at such a young age.
“He was too young for that to happen,” Mr Hill said.
“It will be a loss of a familiar face around the saleyards every Monday and every Thursday.”
Sister Lianne Hulm describes Mr Hulm’s “consummate eye in the selection of livestock, always meeting the needs of his clients [was] his main goal.”
It is therefore any wonder, with his name retained on the Trail Street business signs, that it has become synonymous with record-breaking stock sales.
The first record was shattered by Mr Hulm’s company in August 2010 after selling a pen of lambs for $200. The company managed to break that same record again a month later, consistently doing so unto the present.
Additional to his private company, Mr Hulm served twice as the president of the Livestock Agents Association.
But outside of his professional life, his family recalls Mr Hulm enjoyed spending time with his wife, Clare. Polocrosse was his sport, and camp drafting the couple’s combined passion. As members of the Southern Camp Drafting Association, they frequently competed around the nation.
Mr Hulm served as the director of the fellowship, and as the president of his local Tarcutta Camp Drafting Association.
“He was active in the mentorship and development of the youth within the sport,” said his sister.
The last competition he attended was just weeks shy of his untimely passing.
The second child and eldest son of Jack and Olga Hulm, he has been survived by his parents, wife Clare, and siblings Lianne, Vicki, and Stephen.
“He was a big man physically, but with a soft heart,” said Lianne Hulm.
A memorial service and celebration of life will be held at the Pioneer Hall at the Tumbarumba Showground from 12pm on Wednesday October 17.
He will be laid to rest in the Tumbarumba Lawn Cemetery afterwards.