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News
Feb 12, 2010

RED BLUFF BULL SALE
Jan. 30, Red Bluff, CA
138 Angus. . . . . . . . . . . . . . $2,861
20 Balancer . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2,953
12 Brangus. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1,700
32 Charolais . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2,166
2 ChiAngus. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2,000
7 Gelbvieh. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2,314
23 Hereford. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2,826
2 Limousin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1,900
1 Maine Anjou . . . . . . . . . . . 2,900
7 Polled Hereford. . . . . . . . . 2,671
15 Red Angus. . . . . . . . . . . . 2,630
4 Shorthorn . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1,900
6 Simmental . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2,000
269 Total bulls . . . . . . . . . . . 2,650
Auctioneers: Rick Machado,
Max Olvera, Justin Holmberg
and Trent Stewart
Sale Manager: Adam Owens

Red Bluff was wet this year! Very wet, and it was extremely welcome as the entire state of California had endured several years of drought that had forced the sale of a goodly portion of the state’s cow herd. Rain up and down the state for the past several weeks has gone a long way in getting the area closer to a normal year. There is no doubt that the moisture helped attitudes and also helped this respected bull sale. With all of the uncertainty surrounding the livestock complex and the economy in general, this sale has to rank right up there with some of the best sales ever. Demand was very strong from start to finish this year and there were many comments made as to the very strong quality of this year’s bull offering. The reputation of this sale and the great success that it has had over the years give the consignors a great deal of confidence to bring their very best bulls to Red Bluff. They know that some of the trade area’s and the entire livestock businesses’ most respected commercial ranchers will be on the seats anxious to bid on their bulls. Indeed, each year the buyers’ list at this sale would be any purebred breeders wish list for their sale. Not only are some of the buyers the most respected operators in the business, they are also willing to pay strong prices and they buy in volume. This is one consignment sale that has endured over the years and instead of waning in the light of increased production sales, Red Bluff has improved and changed with the times, making it the envy of many competing sales. Getting a bull into the Red Bluff sale is a lot more than just sending in the entry forms and fees. Each bull must have been tested for TB, Trich and BVD, semen checked, as well as have a health certificate. Each bull will undergo stringent scrutiny for two days as the Red Bluff graders and sifters look at each bull. They are checked for soundness, and any lame bulls will be excused. For a bull to be accepted into the sale, it must have received a grade of 87 or better. In the Calving Ease section, each bull must meet all of the above requirements and in addition, have a birth weight of 80 pounds or less and a 1.5 BEPD for Angus and a 0.1 BEPD for Red Angus or 2.0 or less on the sire and dam. This is no easy feat. Also this year, some of the bulls had been GeneStar Tested and the results were included for those bulls. The graders and sifters are respected stockmen and put in long hours inspecting each bull. It’s hard work and these men do a great job and take it very seriously. It’s crunch time for the consignors as they obviously want their bulls to get a high grade which ensures a better position in the final sale order. The judges are selected by the Red Bluff committemen and they serve a threeyear term with a new member added each year on a rotation basis. This year’s Judging and Grading Committee included John Owens, Red Bluff, CA, Mike Hall, San Luis Obispo, CA, and Button Daugherty, Vina, CA. The Sifting Committee members were Gordon Bruce, Los Molinos, CA, Nathan Owens, Los Molinos, Kenny Hufford, Fort Rock, OR, O. W. Hooten, DVM, the sale veterinarian, Red Bluff, CA. The sale starts with the various breed Champions and by the time those are sold and all of the photos are taken, the sale staff kicks things into high gear and the sale was again, this year, a fast-paced selling event. Lining up this many bulls and having them come into the ring in sale order is no easy feat, but the crew handles it with ease. Demand was very strong and when the last bull was sold, there was an air of satisfaction. The buyers got what they were looking for, the consignors received good, solid prices, and Red Bluff did it again. TOPS—Champion Angus: AEC Midland 1304, 1/3/08, by BR Midland; Traynham Ranch, Eagle Point, OR, to Rick and Linda Anderson, Eagle Point, OR, $5,400. White Mr Duke 823U, 3/19/08, by White New Day Duke 642S; White Cattle Co., Burns, OR, to Frank Aninley Jr., Elderwood, CA, $4,800. WCC Hot Rod 811, 11/3/08, by Gambles Hot Rod; Ward Cattle Co., Orland, CA, to Steve Charron, Gilroy, CA, $4,700. ER Newsline 807, 3/8/08, by ER Newsline 603; England Ranch, Prineville, OR, to Frank Ainley Jr., $4,500. Champion Range Ready Angus: Roadrunner VR Design 8636, 3/21/08, by Holiday Design 4223; Cardey Ranches, Turlock, CA, to Richard Harris, Fort Jones, CA, $4,200. Reserve Champion Hereford: 310 Yuma H5 Tuesday 801, 3/10/08, by H5 9126 Domino 639; KK Livestock, Vinton, CA, to Bar M Cattle Co., Maxwell, CA, $4,100. Champion Hereford: SMH Golden Advantage 662 ET, 3/2/08, by C-S Pure Gold 98170; Sonoma Mountain Herefords, Santa Rosa, CA, to Dan Schleigh, Eagle Point, OR, $4,000. Champion Range Ready Hereford: TPR 121 Domino 35V, 3/2/08, by JAK L1 Domino P121; The Poplars Ranch, Inc., Silver Lake, OR,, to Pasatimpo Ranch, Red Bluff, CA, $4,000. BAR R Tri Star Matrix 8031, 3/1/08, by BC Matrix 4132; Bar R Angus, Sloughhouse, CA, to Brad Augustine, Lakeview, OR, $3,900. TPR 505 Mr Iceman 28V, 3/2/08, by MHW Iceman 805; The Poplars Ranch, Inc., to Alan Shufelberger, Redding, CA, $3,900. — JERRY YORKTh
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