REPORTS

Sale Reports
Feb 13, 2009
by WLJ

REPORTS

RED BLUFF BULL SALE

Jan. 31, Red Bluff, CA
128 Angus. . . . . . . . . . . . . . $2,659
10 Balancers . . . . . . . . . . . $2,790
9 Brangus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $2,628
26 Charolais . . . . . . . . . . . . $2,421
2 Chiangus . . . . . . . . . . . . . $2,925
7 Gelbvieh. . . . . . . . . . . . . . $2,143
28 Hereford. . . . . . . . . . . . . $2,600
6 Limousin . . . . . . . . . . . . . $2,325
1 Limo-Flex. . . . . . . . . . . . . .$2200
1 Maine Anjou . . . . . . . . . . $4,000
4 Polled Hereford. . . . . . . . $3,100
8 Red Angus. . . . . . . . . . . . .$2463
1 Shorthorn . . . . . . . . . . . . $3,000
8 Simmental . . . . . . . . . . . . .$3325
239 Total Bulls . . . . . . . . . . $2,638

Auctioneers: Rick Machado, Max Olvera, Justin Holmberg,
Trent Stewart Sale Manager: Ron Anderson

The sale that made Red Bluff famous held up its end this year in the face of a tough drought that has plagued the trade area and most of California for the past three years. The 68th version of this venerable sale turned in some absolutely solid results. Demand was very strong as the large crowd bid readily on the bulls of their choice. This sale has such a sterling reputation that it can fly in the face of any negatives that might be out there. This year, as with many of the past sales, saw every single bull that came through the sale ring sell, and that hasn’t happened at many sales this past year.

The results of this sale are a resounding stamp of approval for what the Red Bluff Bull Sale committee does in preparation for the five-day event. Across the country, many of the large consignment sales have declined over the years as breeders hold their own production sales, but that has not been the case with Red Bluff. The Red Bluff reputation for top end bulls is well known by many in the livestock business and the commercial cattlemen that attend this sale know that each year there will be a volume number of high quality bulls on offer. They also know that these bulls will undergo a very strict sifting and grading procedure that ensures only the best will enter the sale ring.

Both the consignors’ and the buyers’ list at this sale would read like a who’s who of cattlemen in the area. Many of the West’s top commercial ranching concerns are on hand to do business and they do it with faith and confidence. That is a situation that is hard to beat. At consignment sales, generally there is a wide variation of quality and condition on the bulls, however, at Red Bluff, you would be pleasantly surprised at the consistency of condition and quality of the bulls. This also speaks to the confidence that the consignors have in this sale, knowing that if they bring their best bulls, they will get paid for it.

The bulls are subject to two full days of sifting and grading and each bull must receive a grade of 87 or better to qualify for the sale. The graders and sifters are a serious bunch and they do a great job of getting the bulls lined up in proper fashion, giving the sale every chance to get off to a good start with the very best bulls grading the highest and, consequently, selling early in the day. It’s a tough job, and these men should be congratulated for their excellent work. The three judges are selected by the committeemen and they will serve three years as judges with a new member being selected each year leaving two veterans to lead the way. This year the judges were John Owens, Red Bluff, CA, John Edwards, Llano, TX, and Button Daugherty, Vina, CA. The sifters were Gordon Bruce, Los Molinos, CA, Nathan Owens, Los Molinos, CA, Kenny Hufford, Fort Rock, OR, and O. W. Hooton, DVM, the sale veterinarian. This is a time-honored system and it has served the Red Bluff Bull sale well in the past and will

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