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35 bulls auctioned at 7th annual event

32 animals leave ring unsold Saturday

Blythe Terrell

— Ranchers flipped papers, nodded, flicked fingers and practically winked their way into fresh livestock Saturday at the seventh annual North Western Colorado Bull Sale.

“These bulls are going to be worth the candy today,” announcer Bill Gay assured the crowd at the Routt County Fairgrounds in Hayden.

Folks shelled out $65,450 of the sweet stuff, buying 35 bulls for an average $1,870 each. But 27 bulls and 5 heifers left the ring unsold, which was disappointing, said Marsha Daughenbaugh, executive director of the Community Agriculture Alliance.

Consignors typically sell about 44 bulls at the show, she said. Last year, buyers picked up 47 bulls and 14 heifers for a total of $98,070.

“That may be a good lesson for us on how many we can put through,” Daughenbaugh said.

Bulls sold for prices from about $1,200 to $3,000. The five heifers went unsold. The Routt County CattleWomen, the Agriculture Alliance and the Routt County Extension Office coordinated the sale.

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Nine-year-old Kacie Babcock, of Hayden, led a couple of bulls through the ring. She showed off animals from Coyote Creek Ranch.

“My dad only led one, and I wanted to lead the rest : because I thought it would be fun,” Kacie said before heading to the ring.

The third-grader marched the bull down the aisle, wearing a pink and white plaid shirt and a big, silver belt buckle.

“This pretty little lady brings in a nice bull every time,” auctioneer Troy Allen said.

The animal went for $1,250.

Consignors pay $125 to participate in the sale and then get 100 percent of the sale proceeds, Daughenbaugh said. That’s possible because so many volunteers help at the sale, she said.

Behind the ring, Allen and Gay talked up the animals, complimenting their muscle, lines and shape.

“He’s long as the Colorado winters, there,” Allen said about one animal.

Three ring men watched the crowd, flinging up an arm and hollering when someone entered a bid. Andy Reust, of Steamboat Springs, handled one set of bleachers, cajoling potential buyers in his section whenever someone else upped the bid.

“Come on, one time, we’ll get it for 23,” Reust told a man after a competitor offered $2,200.

The fellow didn’t bite.

“You’ve got to try to create excitement and enthusiasm and try to get them to feed off of that, that’s all a ring man tries to do, : especially in today’s economic time,” Reust said after the show.

Daughenbaugh said she was pleased with the outcome despite the unsold animals.

“It’s good; we had some really nice quality bulls here,” she said. “We have great consignors. : We hope to have them back, and we want to thank our buyers, too.”