Bull sale a success

By Geoff Lee

February 2, 2017 12:00 AM

HERE'S THE BEEF More than 400 bulls were sold to a crowd of international buyers over the weekend. DON WHITINGLLS PHOTO

There was a lot of four-legged beefcake on display at this year’s M.C. Quantock bull sale with the top bull fetching $17,000.
The Lloydminster ranch sold all 438 two year-old bulls in eight different lines at the Lloydminster Exhibition Grounds on Jan. 28 with a crowd of about 400 on hand.
The top seller was a Charolais bull that ranch owner Mac Creech says was close to a record amount.
“We sold some bulls similar to that before—it wasn’t just him, another bull brought $16,000 right behind him,” said Creech.
“He was just a high quality bull, he had all the attributes they were looking for.”
He added there were more $10,000 bulls and better at this year’s sale.
Overall, Creech calls it a very successful auction to commercial ranchers all across Canada with none of the bulls going to seed stock breeders.
M.C. Quantock sold bulls to ranchers all the way to Prince Edward Island, Quebec, Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia and North and South Dakota.
He said prices were very good for the current state of the cattle industry.
“The cattle business is really, really good, but we’ve just come off the two highest years in history, so our price levels were back about 10 per cent from a year ago,” said Creech.
“The agricultural economy has been fairly good, it’s off a little from the highs, but certainly not in any recessionary period like the oil patch.”
Creech attributes the key to the success of M.C. Quantock annual bull sale to the uniformity of their bulls which he describes as being “kind of unrivalled” among their competitors.
“These bulls are very uniform for the best bulls to the last bulls, so there are good bulls available on every ranchers’ budget,” said Creech.
With the sale over, Creech says his ranch hands are busy sorting bulls and contacting people who bought bulls on order all across Canada.
The beat goes on at M.C. Quantock that is in the bull business 12 months a year with bulls always available for private sales after the auction.
“The whole bull crop that was born in 2016, which will sell in 2018, are all on the ground,” said Creech.
“This spring, all the cows will have calves and those calves will be sold in 2019.”

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