Bull sale returns to area
April marks the return of the annual Northwestern Colorado Bull Sale. The event is an opportunity for ranchers to buy and sell bulls and heifers and keep money in the Yampa Valley.
“This is a great opportunity to support your neighbors,” said Marsha Daughenbaugh of the Community Agriculture Alliance. “We have already filled up the available pens for this year’s sale.”
The sale, which will be April 8 at the Routt County Fairgrounds in Hayden, will features 62 bulls and 5 pens of 5 heifers each.
“We’ve got mostly Black Angus, some registered and some not,” Daugh–enbaugh said. “We also have three Gelbvieh bulls and one pen of heifers.”
An added bonus will be the chance to bid on a Scottish Highlander raised near Steam–boat Springs.
Animals will be sold at a live auction conducted by Craig auctioneer Chad Green. Viewing opens at 9 a.m. followed by lunch from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sale organizers hope to hire a guest speaker to entertain the lunch crowd and kick off the auction at 1 p.m.
“The sale offers a chance to buy locally, without having to pay travel or lodging expenses,” Daughenbaugh said.
The sale was organized four years ago, when the Community Agriculture Alliance and the Routt County Cattle Women teamed up with the Colorado State University Extension to organize a late-season sale to benefit cattle producers in the valley.
Consignors pay $125 per bull or pen, and are allowed to set a minimum bid for each. Sales have increased through the years. More than 41 bulls were sold at last year’s sale for an average price of more than $2,000.
“Prices are competitive with other auctions,” Daughen–baugh said.
“Quality has been on the increase since the beginning of our auctions.”
Dan Olsen can be reached at 824-7031, ext. 208, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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