Yesterday the Erika’s got to go shopping……….for bulls. Yes, that is right, shopping for breeding bulls for our beloved cows. I think our husbands are tickled pink that we were excited to shop for bulls.
We started off at our ranch, touring the bulls that we already have. Here Doug is showing Cyle and Erika our bulls from the breeder that we would go to later that morning. It is helpful to look at how previous bulls have performed to have an idea of how the new ones will do.
Then with our trailers in tow, we headed off: Erika’s in one truck and Cyle and Doug in the other to purchase some new bull power. The destination, Cedar Creek Ranch, between Keremeos, BC and Penticton, BC. They have been in the business producing beef and breeding bulls for over 60 years. I also work with Shaun at the BC Livestock Co-op.
We had already been to Shaun’s ranch in January and picked out our two bulls. The breeder marked ours as sold, but continued to feed them over the winter for us. This was the first time Erika & Cyle had been to see these bulls, and started judging the bulls against each other to pick out their favourite. Sometimes your favourite pick is already purchased when looking through a pen of bulls. It is very pleasant picking bulls ‘off the ranch’. It is much more stressful when you are picking bulls at an auction sale. It is very disapointing when you are at an auction sale and the bull you want is someone else’s favourite too and he gets far out of your price range! Then you have to quickly go back to the drawing board and look at your second choice bull. Unfortunately, your second choice may sell before your 1st choice, then your in a real dilemma: gambling if you will get your 1st choice within your budget! Are you starting to understand why we love picking bulls ‘Off the Ranch’?
It was a real family affair and it was fun to be with my blogging partner and friend Erika.
After Cyle and Erika picked their choice, we got out our cheque books and loaded the bulls up. It was a good day.