Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Season for Bull Sales

It's about time of the year. First, calving. In typical "spring calving" management ranches, probably first-time heifers are laying their first ever babies on the ground (snow or straw). Ranchers and cowboys are experiencing some of the busiest times of the year!! (I was there!!) Then, it's also a season for bull sales. Ranchers look for new bulls for upcoming breeding season. As a Master Breeder, this is a great opportunity not only to meet people but also to see what kind of genetics, blood-lines, etc., etc., ranchers around me are looking for. I started to visit bull sales around me found in each breed associations website. Around here, Angus is definitely popular. Schedules are at American and Montana Angus Associations' websites.

Yesterday, February 11th, I visited Felton Angus Ranch, just a short drive from Livingston, in Springdale, MT. I was at Montana State Animal Science about the same time with manager Jim. It's been quite a while that I saw him!!!! With Roger Jacobs as an auctioneer, they sold over 200 bulls and a set of bred-cows. It was really fun to be there.

Joint horse sales with LD Ranch was also fun to watch. I'm strongly attracted to dark-black horse!!

No, he wasn't for sale!!

 Today, February 12th, I visited Fairview Ranch in Big Timber, MT. It's a great cow-country to drive around.
Lots of local ranchers were bidding on elite bulls!!

I really had fun at both ranches. I'm going to analyze why some bulls were so popular and bid for such grand prices. Genetics, blood-lines, ranchers' interests & tendencies, etc., etc....... As a Master Breeder, it's also fun to consider those factors!! That will help me when I choose AI bulls for breeding projects for each ranch or ranchers' needs. I will be visiting more sales around here till April!! See you along the way!!

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