North Western Colorado Bull Sale
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Steamboat Springs The fifth annual North Western Colorado Bull Sale served dual purposes Saturday afternoon at the Routt County Fairgrounds.
The sale provided an outlet for local cattle producers who were either buying or selling, but it also provided the Routt County Livestock Judging Team with an opportunity to practice.
Coach Rod Wille guided five members of the 4-H team through the pens containing the bulls. The team's season just started last week, and they are headed to a competition in Limon this weekend.
"This is great practice," said Wille, as the team critiqued the bulls, taking notes on their muscle structure and correctness.
The team has 17 members. Practicing Saturday were Mackenzie, Cole and Austin Carnahan and Abbey and Belle Horn.
Practice was over once auctioneer Troy Allen started taking bids. He was assisted by Steamboat Springs rancher Bill Gay, who provided color commentary for the event.
"Good news," Gay said to the crowd. "Corn prices are down this week, feeder calf prices are up. The industry has never looked better. It's a great time to be in the cattle industry."
There were 47 bulls and five heifers sold at the auction, which was organized by the Routt County CattleWomen, Community Agriculture Alliance and the Colorado State University Cooperative Extension office in Routt County.
There was $88,000 in sales. The most paid for a bull was $3,200 for an Angus bull raised at the Frosty Acres Ranch in Craig.
Total sales were down compared to last year, which netted $110,000 for 45 bulls, but Community Agriculture Alliance Executive Director Marsha Daughenbaugh said sale prices were in line with the current bull market.
"It's right in there for the sales this year," she said.
In addition to the bull sale, James Grady, Western Slope field veterinarian with the Colorado Department of Agriculture, also educated cattle producers on the trichomoniasis venereal disease.