Bull and Horse Sale

, Written by Lyle Ahrens, Posted: Thu, February 2 2012 at 4:45 PM, Updated: Thu, February 2 2012 at 4:56 PM

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 

About the Author

Lyle Ahrens

KOTI-TV NBC2 reporter Lyle Ahrens moved from Nebraska to Klamath Falls in the late 1970's.  He instantly fell in love with the mountains, the trees and the rivers, and never once regretted the move.

Lyle's job history is quite colorful.  He’s managed a pizza parlor; he’s been a bartender, and a “kiwifruit grader” at an organic orchard in New Zealand.  A Klamath Falls radio station hired Lyle in the mid 90's as a news writer and commercial producer.  In 2004, Lyle joined the KOTI/KOBI news operation.

Lyle notes with pride that he has a big responsibility presenting the Klamath Basin to a wide and varied audience.  "The on-going water crisis has underscored the fact that the people and the issues in the Klamath Basin are every bit as diverse as the terrain.  Winning and keeping the trust of the viewers, as well as the newsmakers, is something I strive for with each story".

When he's not busy reporting the news, Lyle enjoys astronomy, playing guitar, fixing old radios and listening to anything by Sheryl Crow.

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