The Annual Bull Sale
Just like crop farmers have been thinking all winter about what seeds they will plant this spring, cattle farmers are starting to think about next year’s calf crop. Springtime is when a majority of bull sales are held, and my family is no exception.
The big day is tomorrow, but a lot of work has gone into getting ready for the sale. The 50 bulls that we are selling each get a new haircut and are cleaned up. Then we take pictures of the bulls. That’s easier said than done! After everyone has been cleaned up and gotten their picture taken, we get to work on putting together a sale catalog. This catalog includes the genetic history for each bull. The catalog is then sent to any prospective buyers. Our farm also does advertising in newspapers and magazines.
The day of the sale, we’ll load up the bulls and take them to the sale barn. The sale starts at 1:00pm on Tuesday. That morning people will arrive to look over the bulls and choose which one they would like to buy. This is an important decision as it can effect the quality of their herd for many years! Finally, the auctioneer starts the bidding. This is the final step in a long process that started over a year ago when the calves were born.
Listen to this week's radio segment here! FARMERS_DAUGHTER-MARCH_16TH.mp3
Our sale ad for 2015