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70th Bull & Gelding Sale stronger than last year
A strong cattle market made for a very successful bull sale during this year's Red Bluff Bull and Gelding Sale.
"It was a much stronger sale than last year," said sale manager Adam Owens. "It was due to the condition of the cattle industry market, and before the sale there were very few top quality bulls left in California. The demand was high and the supply was low, so this was the place to get a good bull."
The sale of bulls, ranch horses and livestock dogs took place last week at the Tehama District Fairgrounds, with the horse and dog sale on Friday and the bull sale on Saturday.
"We had huge crowds for the sales, a good turnout of buyers," Adams stated.
Total bull sale numbers were $1,037,600 for 277 bulls — an average at $3,745, up from last year's $2,650 average.
Angus bulls brought in the highest average at $4,158.
Corning High School's black Angus bull brought in a price of $4,000, said Nolan Kee, one of the school's agriculture teachers and FFA advisor.
"We are really pleased about that. Dorinda Walker did a fine job showing the bull," Kee said. "We are also proud to announce our FFA team of Ryan Henderson and Tommy Hammons won the calf scramble during the Invitational Bull Riding event Saturday night after the bull sale," Kee said.
Adams said the gelding sale was as strong as the bull sale.
"We didn't have as many horses as in the past, but the demand was high and the quality was good."
The average for 84 horses sold was $5,696, for a total of $478,500. The top-priced gelding, MJA Commander, consigned by Maynard and Jacolyn Alves and bought by Lonnie Whaley of Clovis, went for $15,000.
Along with the geldings, six mules were sold for a total of $23,150.
The top livestock dog, Grit, a 3-year-old Border Collie, consigned by Eric Wanman, of Idaho, sold for $10,000 to Larry Lanzon of Turlock.
Overall, the dog sale total was $50,800 for 16 dogs — an average of $3,175.