Jan 22, 2013 9:46 PM
"This is sort of a west coast meeting point for the for the industry. It's a chance for people to get together. A chance for people to get a lot of business done," says bull and gelding sale manager Adam Owens.
On Tuesday, the sifting and grading process begins. A committee, along with a veterinarian, inspect the bulls to look for potential health issues or lameness. If the bulls pass inspection, another panel of judges will grade the quality of the animals. This gives potential buyers a better idea of what they're paying for. Since the animals are under careful scrutiny, owners say there is a lot of preparation involved for a sale of this size.
"This is something we just work on all year so that we can be at this particular event in Red Bluff," says Proberta herdsman Stacey Spangler.
Although some of the faces may be the same from year to year, the market is constantly changing.
"There's more bulls and less cows right now in California. So, more bulls than the past few years, and less cows than there's been for quite some time," says Owens.
Industry officials say they won't really know the outlook for business this year until late spring, which will rely heavily on the health of corn crops in the midwest.
The sale of stock dogs will start at 2:30 p.m. on Friday, followed by geldings and mules at 3:30 p.m. All bulls will be sold starting at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, with a bull riding competition wrapping up the event at 7 p.m.
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