The 45th annual Vanderhoof All-breeds Bull Sale takes place at the BC Livestock yard in Vanderhoof on April 11, but in keeping with protocols implemented to curb the spread of Covid-19, buyers are being encouraged to place bids online via Direct Livestock Marketing Services [www.DLMS.com].
The Best Bet Bull Sale in Williams Lake on April 4 proved that online bidding can be just as successful as in-person when it comes to setting market value. Just a half-dozen bulls sold for less than $4,000 and only a few were passed.
Three bulls topped the Best Bet sale at $9,250 each, including Mitchells Revelstock 77G, a Simmental from Mitchell Cattle Co. in Barriere bought by Poole’s Arrow Ranch in Prince George.
Linda Macham of Stellar Red Angus bought the high selling Red Angus bull, also from the Mitchell herd, Red Mitchells Galaxy 135G. The sale price was $9,000.
The sale grossed nearly $492,000 on 79 bulls, or an average of about $6,227.
Most, if not all, the buyers were from BC and demonstrated the high level of confidence in the province’s beef industry as local meat sees strong demand and grocers scramble to keep beef on the shelves as consumers stock up on basics.
Bulls are fundamental to the future herd, and this week’s auction in Vanderhoof will see 84 lots offered. In addition to the sale on Saturday, the event will provide an opportunity for the Yellowhead Hereford Breeders’ and Central Interior Angus associations to hold their annual meetings on April 9.