1,358 head of cattle sold in Stratton
By Ken Johnston
The Rainy River Cattlemen’s Association (RRCA) helped inject $1.1 million dollars into the district’s economy this past Saturday!
RRCA held their annual Stocker Sale, which features mainly calves. They also sold some yearlings, cull cows and bulls.
Despite a few glitches with the Stratton sale barn’s new sound system, they had a very productive day. 1,358 head of cattle were sold. RRCA member Kim Jo Bliss said, “Prices were good. We work all year for this one time payday!”
The sales barn was fairly full with buyers and producers on Saturday. The sale was also broadcast over the internet via the DLMS Network. “We had over 70 people viewing and one guy who has purchased in the past sent an order with one of the buyers that were (physically) at the sale. (While) we had no on line purchases, the 70 people viewing are good contacts. We just need to follow up with them. It definitely shows there is interest (out there),” said Bliss.
Of the 1,358 head sold, about half went east and half west. However, some did stay local as there were local producers in the market to buy on Saturday.
Bliss said the sale went well with gross sales coming in at $1,183,157.55.
There is still one more sale for RRCA this year. It is at the sales barn on Oct. 26th.