Cattle auction in April

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The date still is a couple months away, but Marsha Daughenbaugh of the Com-munity Agriculture Alliance wants to remind area ranchers that the Northwestern Colorado Bull Sale is April 8.

"There are other bull sales in other areas, and we want people to save the day to save your dollar," Daughenbaugh said.

At least 65 bulls and five pens of five heifers will be herded into the Routt County Fairgrounds in Hayden for the auction. A Scottish Highland bull also will be sold, but only on a one-year lease. All the cattle are tested for fertility and disease, and most will be registered.

"Some of the heritage is traced back to the great-grandparents," Daughenbaugh said.

The sale is at the tail end of the selling season, but it is becoming increasingly popular.

Cattle auctions are a rarity in Northwest Colorado, and the quality of bulls at the auction is comparable to those at other auctions, according to one buyer.

Kurt Frentress raises cattle on his ranch three miles west of Hayden and has bought his bulls from the auction the past two years.

"The upper end is as good as you'll find anywhere," Frentress said. "It's nice to have a bull sale locally when we don't have to travel to look at bulls. The bulls come to us."

It also benefits the breeders by giving their bulls exposure, Frentress said.

Viewing starts at 9 a.m. April 8. There will be a guest speaker at 10:30 a.m., and lunch will be served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

"You have all these people that are connected with the industry in one way or another, and they want good-quality heifers, and it gives them a chance to network with people who are also connected with it," Daughenbaugh said.

The bidding starts at 1 p.m.

"It becomes a very high-energy live auction," she said.

This will be the fourth year the Community Agriculture Alliance, the Colorado State University Extension Service and Routt County CattleWomen have held the auction. The late-season auction was started to support cattle producers in the Yampa Valley. Last year, 41 bulls were sold for an average of $2,087. Two pens of five heifers were sold for an average of $4,250.

Daughenbaugh said many of the attendees were return buyers.

"They don't have to spend transportation costs or lodging costs, plus they are helping their local economy," she said.

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