The Rainy River Cattlemen’s Association saw more than 1,300 head of cattle move through its new and improved sales barn Saturday in Stratton.
It was their annual fall calf sale and sales manager Clayton Teeple was really pleased with the final results.
“I spoke to a number of buyers and they said prices were 10 cents a pound higher here than they were in Winnipeg the day before,” Teeple noted.
He credited that to the participation of local buyers. “There were quite a few feeder finance participants and that helped boost the sale numbers,” Teeple noted.
Out-of-town buyers included two new ones from Eastern Ontario, as well as return buyers from Thunder Bay, Dryden, and Western Canada.
While the renovations at the sales barn are not 100 percent completed, Teeple said he heard many compliments about the new lighting in the sales ring and in the pen area.
The new pen system also was fully functional Saturday and received many accolades, as well.
Of the 1,300 plus animals sold, the breakdown was as follows: 1,070 calves, 200 yearlings, and 49 cows or bulls.
The final sale of the year at the sales barn will be held Saturday, Oct. 27. It will be similar to the one just held, with many calves and some yearlings and kill cows.
After the main sale, there will be a special bred cow consignment sale.
“We have 30 plus registered already and there will be more by the 27th,” said Teeple.
Anyone wanting to sign up for the consignment sale can call Teeple at 487-1465.
Teeple said through all the producers working together, they have a “really
positive thing going on” at the sales barn.