Fall cattle sale sees great support

Sam Odrowski

Cattle from across the district were auctioned off Saturday at the Stratton sales barn during a fall cattle show held by the Rainy River Cattlemen’s Association.
More than 1,600 head came through the ring, generating more than $1.93 million for local farmers.
“It was a pretty good sale,” said RRCA member and sales barn volunteer Kim Jo Bliss.
“We always have a good level of support,” she added.
“The people and buyers who come in from out of town always comment on how many people we have that show up to see the sale.”
Most who come out to the sales barn have some sort of connection to the agriculture community, Bliss noted.
“A majority of the people there have strong interests in farming,” she remarked.
“People just like to see the cattle going through and see how they’re selling at the time.”
Some of those who make it out to Stratton simply are fascinated by the sales barn process.
“We enjoy the people who stop in just to see how it works because a majority of the people in the district probably have no idea that this auction takes place or the amount of money that is generated through it,” Bliss said.
“I don’t think the general population realizes the impact that agriculture has on this district.”
The almost $2 million that was generated at Saturday’s sale is a big boost to the district’s economy, Bliss stressed.
“That money pretty much stays right here in the district and that’s just one sale,” she noted.
The cattle sale held in April generated more than $1.8 million while the one in August brought in about $1.1 million.
Prices overall were good at this past Saturday’s sale–apart from a bit of a spread between the price per pound for heifers and steers.
Factors that impact the price of an animal include time of year, breed, type of cattle, size, and the needs of the buyer.
“For example, when I say the heifer prices might have been a little bit lower, the [buyers] possibly didn’t have many orders for heifers,” Bliss explained.
Buyers have orders they have to fill at the auction, so the demand to fill a feed lot with a certain breed or type of cattle can affect its price.
Bliss and many others at the sales barn, meanwhile, are proud to offer an outlet where district producers can sell their animals locally.
“It’s a big deal for us to be able to market cattle at home,” she remarked.
“Otherwise they’d be getting trucked out all the time.”
Bliss already is looking forward to the next sale set for Saturday, Oct. 20 and is expecting decent numbers once again.
She would like to thank everyone who helps make the sales barn events possible throughout the year.
“We thank everyone for their support,” Bliss lauded.
“Whether you are selling cattle or buying cattle, or working at the barn, it wouldn’t happen without all those people,” she stressed.