Marsha Daughenbaugh: Looking for a few good bulls

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Marsha Daughenbaugh

— The tradition of the North Western Colorado Bull Sale will live on in spring when regional breeders provide some of their best animals at auction April 16.

Yes, it’s true, we are looking for a few good bulls to consign themselves into this sale.

To participate, bovine bulls must be younger than 26 months old. The recommended minimum weight limits are 850 pounds for yearlings and 1,400 pounds for 2-year-olds. By sale day, all animals must be tested for fertility, PAP (pulmonary arterial pressures), BVDV (bovine viral diarrhea virus) and Trich (trichomoniasis).

And for a bull to be happy, he must have mates. Therefore, we also consign heifers that are not pregnant and that also have been BVDV tested.

The bulls will be sold in a live auction setting, while the heifers are sold using a silent auction bid process.

Consignments of registered and commercial animals are accepted. If an animal is registered with a breed association, its genealogy and production potential will be posted in the official sale catalog.

The exceptional feature of the North Western Colorado Bull Sale is that 100 percent of the auction proceeds are returned to the consignors.

This event is important to the local cattle industry because it allows a local exchange between livestock buyers and sellers.

Everyone has the opportunity to get to know their neighbors a little better and to celebrate the fact that agriculture is alive and vital in our area.

It truly is a community experience that represents the best of our agricultural heritage.

The Community Agri­cul­ture Alliance, Routt County CattleWomen and the Routt County Extension Office have sponsored the North Western Colorado Bull Sale since its inception in 2003.

The event is a partnership answer to the loss of sale barns and animal auctions in Northwest Colorado.

For decades, animals were auctioned at a sale barn in the Steamboat Springs area.

The tradition become economically unfeasible in the 1960s. The sale barn closed, thereby ending the excitement of a live, fast-paced, fast-talking public sale.

Although this sale has a small impact on the number of animals sold in the Yampa Valley, it provides the opportunity for local producers to buy top-notch animals at a local venue.

For more details or to receive information about consigning animals to the ninth annual North Western Colorado Bull Sale, call the Community Agriculture Alliance Office at 970-879-4370 or e-mail marshad@communityagalliance.org. All consignment forms and fees must be postmarked no later than Friday.

Marsha Daughenbaugh is the executive director of the Community Agriculture Alliance, a sales clerk for the North Western Colorado Bull Sale, and a member of the Routt County CattleWomen.

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