Cattlemen flock to bull sale
It was a full house on Jan. 4 when cattle producers from across the region showed up for the annual bull test sale held at the Mountain Research Station.
The sale average for the day was $2,700, and three bulls sold for more than $5,000. The top selling bull was sold to a farmer from Shelby.
As the sale geared up, John Queen with the WNC Regional Livestock Center told the crowd a good bull was 51 percent of their herd, a sorry one was 100 percent. Brian Blinson of the N.C. Cattlemen's Association encouraged buyers to upgrade their herd sire.
"The cattle business is good," he said. "This is the time to sell your old bull and use it to pay for a new one."
Philpe Moriel, who was recently hired as the N.C. State University Department of Animal Science livestock specialist who works with both the university and the extension service, told the crowd of his background and programs he will be introducing.
He encouraged producers to contact him with any livestock questions or concerns at the Mountain Research Station in Waynesville.