Charolais Banner magazine is reporting the best ever total for Charolais bull sales in the spring of 2018. This file photo shows winning Charolais being showcased.                                File photo

Charolais Banner magazine is reporting the best ever total for Charolais bull sales in the spring of 2018. This file photo shows winning Charolais being showcased. File photo

Stettler area Charolais bull sales contribute to record year

Gross sales were up nearly $1.35 M across the country in the spring of 2018

Charolais Banner magazine is reporting the best ever total for Charolais bull sales in the spring of 2018.

That’s in part to four sales in the Stettler area that make up 96 sales across the country since the fall of 2017.

Gross sales were up nearly $1.35 million dollars, thanks to six more sales over the winter than the previous year.

It was also the best year in 37 years for the sales average, with over 3,400 bulls sold averaging $6,160, along with the largest number of animals sold.

The Charolais breed is white in colour, and is often crossbred with the Hereford and Angus breeds.

The Charolais Banner is the national publication for the Charolais breed and collects data from across seven provinces, including the Alberta Charolais Association.

The association itself was founded in 1961 in Camrose as the North Central Alberta Charolais Club.

Buffalo Lake Charolais Bull Sale held in Stettler on March 8, 2018

35 yearling bulls

Gross: $222,250

Average: $6,350

High selling bulls

Lot 21, BLC ESCOBAR 71E, sired by High Bluff Bootlegger 73B. Sold for $13,000 to Rodney and Sandra Sargent, Mirror.

Lot 25, BLC EYLAGH 74E, sired by High Bluff Bootlegger 73B. Sold for $12,000 to Maureen & Jim Wasdel, Endiang.

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Botha Bull Sale on March 4, 2018

60 ¾ yearling bulls

Gross: $415,850

Average: $6,845

High Selling Bulls

Lot 42, BOB’S INTEGRITY 126E, sired by SOS Home Grown 15C. Sold for $13,250 to Tellier Bar LD Ranch, Bonnyville. Consigned by Bob Charolais, Stettler.

Lot 16, LEGACYS TORQUE 12E, sired by LAE Cairo 579C. Sold for $ 12,000 to Gordon Wiebe, Prespatou, BC. Consigned by Legacy Charolais, Botha.

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Erskine bulls sale on Feb. 24, 2018

6 Two Year old Bulls

Gross: $45,750

Average: $7,625

18 long yearling bulls

Gross: $101,800

Average: $5,655

53 1/4 yearling bulls

Gross: $458,750

Average: $8,615

77 1/4 lots

Gross: $606,300

Average: $7,849

High selling long yearling bull

Lot 18, SDC KING OF HEARTS 39D, sired by HTA Bradack 137Y. Sold for $10,000 to Ken Christianson, Big Valley. Consigned by SanDan Charolais, Erskine.

High selling yearling bulls

Lot 55, SOS VESELKA PLD 124E, sired by SOS Home Grown 15C. Sold for $20,500 to SanDan Charolais. Consigned by Springside Farms, Airdrie.

Lot 31, MXS RICHMOND 722E, sired by JWX Downtown 7C. Sold for $17,500 to Dog Patch Acres, Leroy, SK. Consigned by Springside Farms.

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Vikse Family Farm “Tip The Scale” Bull Sale held in Donalda on Feb. 19, 2018

30.5 Yearling Bulls

Gross: $223,250

Average: $7,319

High selling bulls

Lot 1, VIKSE QUICK START 107E, sired by Mr Louber Mike 813B. Sold ½ interest and ½ possession for $17,250 to Kaiser Cattle Co. Hussar.

Lot 30, VIKSE ENCORE 44E, sired by CML Encore 4Y. Sold for $11,500 to 7K Ranches, Lashburn, SK.