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Local bull sale approaching

— Local cattle producers once again will not have to go far to buy top quality bulls and heifers.

The fifth annual Northwestern Colorado Bull sale will begin at 9 a.m. April 14 at the Routt County Fairgrounds in Hayden with 55 bulls and five heifers available for viewing.

The bull sale is a way for cattle producers to buy and sell cattle locally and the sale has developed a strong reputation, becoming more popular every year.

The first bull sale in 2003 netted $68,250 in sales. Last year, there was $110,000 in sales with the 45 bulls selling for an average of $2,242.

“Bulls came from Northwest Colorado and all the buyers but one were from Routt or Moffat County,” said C.J. Mucklow, Routt County Extension agent.

The sale is one of the last bull sales of the season in Northwest Colorado.

“The first year we did it as a way for the Ag Alliance and the CattleWomen to raise funds as well as a service to the local ranching community,” Mucklow said. “It has evolved into just being a service for local ranchers.”

Cattle sold at the live auction are already acclimated to the Northwest Colorado climate, plus all the bulls have been tested for disease and fertility. Producers enjoy buying locally because it means they can save on transportation costs.

The bull sale is being organized by the Routt County CattleWomen, Community Agriculture Alliance and the Colorado State University Cooperative Extension office in Routt County.

“It’s kind of fun,” Mucklow said. “Anybody is welcome to come if they just want to come down and look at the livestock. It becomes a social event too.”

The animals will be ready for viewing after 9 a.m. and will be followed by a beef industry discussion at 11 a.m., led by James Grady, Western Slope field veterinarian with the Colorado Department of Agriculture.

Grady will educate cattle producers on the trichomoniasis venereal disease.

“We want people to be educated because the disease has shown up twice in the past three years,” Mucklow said.

A lunch will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., and bidding will start at 1 p.m.

To receive a sale catalog, call Marsha Daughenbaugh with the Community Agriculture Alliance at 879-4370.

– To reach Matt Stensland, call 871-4210

or e-mail mstensland@steamboatpilot.com

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