Spring cattle sale slated Saturday

A district tradition will carry on this Saturday when the annual spring cattle and bull auction is held at the Stratton sales barn.
“It looks like we’re going to have about 17 replacement bulls, some fall calves, and quite a few yearlings coming in,” said sales barn manager Russ Richards.
The cattle sale gets underway at 9 a.m., with the bull auction scheduled for 1 p.m.
Richards also sits on the Rainy River District Area Breeder Loan Program committee. He said the program also will be discussed during Saturday’s sale.
The Stratton barn is a financial benefit for district farmers who don’t have to pay for freight to ship cattle to distant auction houses, and which keeps the exchanged money within the community.
Last year’s auction prices topped those at the larger Manitoba sales.
More than 1,200 cattle passed through the Stratton barn last year. Buyers from southeastern Ontario, Manitoba, and Minnesota are attending regularly since the new ring scale was installed two years ago.
Other sales will be held there later this year, culminating with the “Top of the Line Sale” in October.