Nasty winds created a bitter wind chill and blew snow around Stampede Park, but inside the Agriculture Pavilion on Stampede Park, visitors to the 109th Calgary Bull Sale were toasty warm and fired up. A total of 265 Charolais, Hereford and Angus bulls sold for an average price of $3,492.83 in the auction March 5.
The 2009 Calgary Bull Sale was dedicated to Don Stewart, retired Senior Agriculture Manager of the Calgary Stampede and manager for the Alberta Cattle Breeders’ Association. Don passed away October 4, 2008 after a courageous battle with cancer. The opening ceremonies included a tribute to Don Stewart. The moving tribute included a video montage and appearances from 22 past presidents of the Alberta Cattle Breeders’ Association who had served with Stewart. The tribute was followed by the first sale.
John Flint of Dalrene Farms near New Norway, Alberta, purchased the top-selling Angus bull from Belvin Angus for $20,000. “I saw what I think is one of the best bulls I’ve seen in a long time, so I bought him off some very reputable breeders that I’ve bought from before,” says Flint. The Flint family has been raising purebred Angus cattle since 1932. Flint’s family has attended most Calgary Bull Sales since 1936 when his grandfather first attended. “This is a passion – it always has been,” he says with a smile as he turns to greet a producer who has come to look at his bulls.
Top volume buyers: Miller Ranches Ltd. Of Hanceville, BC; Karl Ranch Corp. of Calgary, AB; Guenthner Bros. of Consort, AB; Carolside Ranching Inc. of Sunnynook, AB; PFRA of Regina, SK; Pipeline Grazing Co-op of MedicineHat, AB; and Flying E Ranch Ltd. of Stavely, AB.
Sale Summary 2009
265 bulls sold for an average price of $3,493, slightly lower than last year’s average. The total gross sales were $925,600.
99 Angus bulls sold for a total of $304,600 averaging $3,077
29 Charolais bulls sold for a total of $109,500 and averaged $3,776
135 Hereford bulls totaled $507,500 in sales with an average of $3,759
Grand Champion: JNHR Silver Standard 501T sold for $12,000 to Bannerlane Herefords of Livelong, SK and was consigned by JoNomn Hereford Ranch of Clyde, AB.
Reserve Grand Champion: Little Fort Herefords & KLJ & GKJ of Red Deer, AB JNHR purchased Silver Standard 657T for $8,000. It was consigned by JoNomn Hereford Ranch of Clyde, AB.
Grand Champion: PH Wyoming Wind 79T sold for $6,000 to Gordon Church of Balzac, AB and was consigned by P & H Ranching Co. Ltd. of Innisfail, AB.
Reserve Grand Champion: White Lake Colony of Nobleford, AB and Cameron Farms of Turin, AB purchased PH Liberty 26T for $10,000. It was consigned by P & H Ranching Co. Ltd. of Innisfail, AB.
Grand Champion: Rainbow Hills Prime Cut 205T sold for $4,700 to Atlee Angus of Jenner, AB and was consigned by Rainbow Hills Ranch of Delburne, AB.
Reserve Grand Champion: Gary Seutter of Millet, AB purchased DMM Stick Shift 33U for $5,000. It was consigned by Miller Wilson Angus of Bashaw, AB.
Ranch Horse Sale Summary
15 ranch horses sold at an average price of $6,257 totaling $93,850.