This week has seen the temperatures soar to the upper fifties with welcome sunshine and snow melt. The bare ground has sure been a welcome sight around here. The past week has been a busy one and I am now playing catch up on this blog with these photos!
These mule deer have spent most of the winter enjoy a neighbor's haystack, in one of his distant pastures. I think they also travel about a half mile from there to another neighbor who actually feeds them. They are in better shape than many of the deer in our area due to their diet. This has been a hard winter on wildlife, horses, cattle and people here. It seems like we are in a perpetual winter, cold, lots of snow and lots of wind. We have all enjoyed the past week of spring like temps.
With the coming of nicer weather last weekend we went to a big bull sale. It was about two hours from where we live. We had never been to this particular bull sale, although we have some cattle from those bloodlines. My brother-in-law, a large animal vet, had always told us we had to take in this sale. He does most of this ranch's vet work and knows the cattle and the people very well. It was amazing to experience this sale. It attracted bull buyers from IA, TN, NE, SD, ND, MN, WI. We were told by "the vet", that at the start of the sale, there were 1000 people in the ranch's sale barn, it was standing room only. It was still completely full when we got there two hours after starting time! They had 400 Angus bulls to sell and about 200 heifers. The top selling bull went for $275,000 and another for $250,000. (We own a bull who is a son of the $250,000 bull. But we sure didn't pay even a tiny fraction of that for him!) There were several others that went for over $100,000 and the average on all of the bulls was $10,472. While we were there we never saw a bull that sold for less than $6600! The average on the heifers was $8865. It was fun to observe but we didn't buy anything! The sign I took the photo of says it all, $$$$! This outfit does produce outstanding cattle and there is no doubt about that!