Cattlemen are smiling a little more these days, in light of record high prices at the auction mart. With an unprecedented shortage of beef in North America, the future looks bright for today’s cattle producers.
A recent bull sale held at Heartland Livestock Centre in Yorkton set new records. The 11th annual “Best of the Breeds” bull sale was held on March 29, for the first time in Yorkton.
Staff at Heartland Livestock said they have never seen so many people at a sale in their facility. More than 160 buyers registered at the office, with a standing-room-only crowd of more than 300 people.
According to Chris Poley of T Bar C Cattle Company, the sale always draws a good crowd but this year was a record number.
“We had buyers in attendance from Saskatchewan, Alberta, Manitoba, three bulls sold to Ontario and one to the U.S., including the high-selling Red Angus bull that sold for $24,000, consigned by Twin Heritage Red Angus of Sheho. The high-selling Charolais bull went to Ontario, selling for $20,500, consigned by Harcourt Charolais of Quill Lake, Sask. The high-selling Black Angus bull from Black Ridge Angus sold for $17,000, going to Foam Lake, Sask.”
In total, 75 bulls sold with gross sales of more than $477,000, with an overall average of $6361. That’s an increase from last year’s average of just over the $4500 mark.
Poley credits the overall optimism of the beef cattle industry in part.
“Strong prices are a major factor for the enthusiasm, but also the fact that it’s the 11th annual sale, and the bulls are coming from reputable breeders who have built up a good repeat clientele. The sale just keeps getting better and better each year.”
Submitted by Tammy Harcourt