Cattle ranching is a half a billion dollar industry in Oregon, and Klamath County is the state's fourth largest producer. Many of the areas top ranchers are in Klamath Falls this week for the 52nd annual Klamath Bull and Horse Sale.
Jere Goss of the Bar AJ Cattle Company is confident that his bull will bring top dollar. "Selling good quality stock, and having good quality stock puts a lot better steak in the freezers."
Sale Chairman Nathan Jackson notes that a serious amount of money changes hands at auction. "We run about 350 thousand dollars through this event annually, and it's a pretty big deal for us."
It's also a big deal for Don Cardey of Cardey Ranches of Turlock, California. "We sell about 100 bulls a year. We like to come up here, because we like the people, and it's cattle country."
Cardey notes what he looks for when bidding on a bull. "We raise bulls that have the ability to go out and breed a lot of cows on the ranch. Which means, they have to have really good feet and legs. That's the first thing I look at."
The event also features stock dog trials, barbecue dinners, rodeo action, a variety of vendors, and more - but Jere Goss hopes you'll still bid on a bull. "come on down and buy one. If not, have a good steak tonight."
The bull and horse sale will continue through this Sunday at the Klamath County Fairgrounds. You'll find more information at: www.klamathbullsale.com