Neilson Cattle Company hosted their 24th annual bull sale on March 18th. This marked the first sale hosted on ranch at their new facility. The sale results were above expectations and all 28 Charolais bulls and 33 consigned bred heifers found new homes.
“This was the best and most enjoyable sale we’ve had in the 24 years that we have sold bulls,” said Mike Neilson.
The two-year old Charolais bulls and the commercial heifers were penned outside for viewing and then the crowd moved to the indoor video sale. About 100 bidders watched their selections on screen while auctioneer Chris Poley set the pace from the auction block.
“The sale was well run and well attended and the sale results were very good,” according to Paul Valstar, commercial cattleman from Springside, SK.
The Neilsons run a 2-year old bull program calving the same time as many commercial cattleman starting mid- April. Their weaned bull calves spend their first winter on a high roughage diet, go back to pasture as yearlings and winter in the bluffs and sloughs where they have to walk for water and develop naturally as coming two year olds.
Ryan Hurlburt, commercial cattle rep and livestock auctioneer, said that “there is nobody doing it like this” upon inspecting the bulls this winter. The bulls were well adapted to the harsh Saskatchewan winter.
Back in Ontario, Mike Neilson’s family have had Charolais bulls since 1973. The purebred herd expanded in the 1980’s. Mike and Joanne Neilson moved to Willowbrook and have been selling Charolais bulls in the Yorkton area since 2007.
The Neilsons have always had the goal of hosting their own sale and 2014 was the moment for it.
“Putting this sale together in such a short timeline was truly a community effort. Our family, friends and neighbours really pulled together to make this day happen,” said Joanne Neilson.
With record prices for calves and a premium for Char cross calves, now is a good time to be in the cattle business. Next year, Neilson Cattle Company will host their 25th annual bull sale.