CSU Bull Sale Catalog

Welcome to the 41 st Annual ARDEC Bull Sale!

Dr. David Schafer ARDEC Livestock Manager david.schafer@colostate.edu (970) 491-2815 (office)

Christina Nash Research Manager christina.nash@colostate.edu

Dr. Jason Ahola Seedstock Team Advisor jason.ahola@colostate.edu (970) 491-3312 (office)

David Escobar Feedyard Manager david.escobar@colostate.edu

Dr. Kevin Pond Head of Dept. of Animal Sciences

kpond@colostate.edu (970) 491-1442 (office)

The CSU Seedstock Merchandising Team is pleased to offer you the best bulls from the 2016-born calf crop produced by the registered Hereford and Angus seedstock cowherd at CSU’s Agricultural Research, Development and Education Center (ARDEC) in Fort Collins, Colo. This includes bulls from the pens of Hereford and Angus bulls we took to the National Western Stock Show. We also have a great set of open commercial yearling heifers to add to your herd. We are excited to welcome Dr. David Schafer as the newARDEC Livestock Manager. David is a two-time graduate of CSU (M.S. Animal Breeding, 1987; Ph.D. Animal Breeding, 1991), and has been overseeing ARDEC activities since January. He has been a great resource for the Seedstock Team, and is very supportive of seedstock, teaching, and research activities at ARDEC. David has significant experience in managing university ranching and seedstock operations, including at the former CSU San Juan Basin Research Center (Hesperus, Colo.) and the University of Arizona’s V Bar V Ranch (Rimrock, Ariz.), and is familiar with the CSU bulls and heifers selling this year – don’t hesitate to contact him with questions. In keeping with our new sale schedule, we will be holding the actual “sale” of cattle at 11 a.m. (identification of high bidders and sale prices) followed by a complimentary lunch at 12:30 p.m. This format provides more opportunities for our students to interact with prospective buyers on the morning of the sale. And we will continue to use our private treaty sale method with limited bid-off (see below for details). We look forward to seeing you on sale day and discussing how CSU’s program can help yours. Don’t hesitate to contact us. Many thanks to the crew at ARDEC for their help with cattle preparation and sale-day needs. In addition to David Schafer, livestock manager, a number of undergraduate student employees care for the cattle at ARDEC, and two permanent full-time employees continue to help support ARDEC’s mission, including David Escobar, feedyard manager, and Christina Nash, research and Feed Intake Unit (FIU) manager. Finally, a big thank-you to faculty in the Department of Animal Sciences, including Dr. Pond, department head, for support of seedstock- related activities at ARDEC. Our department continues to see unprecedented growth in undergraduate numbers, making us the fifth-largest department on campus. We will be breaking ground on the new “Global Food Innovation Center” on Monday, March 27. This facility will extend off the south side of the current Animal Sciences building and add 37,000 square feet, including a USDA-inspected harvest and processing facility, in-house café/retail store, 200-seat demonstration classroom, research kitchen, product coolers, laboratories, and more. How Sale Day Works Private Treaty Sale Method – Again this year, we will be offering our bulls and heifers for sale via private treaty for a number of reasons: It enables our students to have more time to interact with bull customers, it gives customers more time to make purchasing decisions, and it fosters an environment that is low-stress on both people and cattle. On sale day, we will be offering the first pick of our bulls – no cattle have been offered in advance or held back. Base Prices with Bid-Off – All bulls will be pre-priced with a “base price” ranging from $2,500 to $4,500. Heifers will be pre-priced with a base price within each breed, depending on whether the buyer wants “choice” of the pen or wants to purchase the entire pen (see the next page for more information). A listing of all sale prices is included separately with this catalog and will be available on sale day. No bulls or heifers will be sold on sale day below these minimum prices. Beginning at 11 a.m. , buyers and selling prices will be determined for each bull and heifer in the respective sale order (i.e., in lot or catalog order). At that time, if only one person indicates an interest in an animal at that animal’s base price (by raising their hand to indicate so), then that person will be identified as the buyer by the sale coordinator. If more than one person is interested in an animal, a slow-speed bid-off will be conducted by the sale coordinator using $100 to $250 increments to determine the high bidder and official selling price. No actual auctioneer or ring men will be present.

Sale Order – Cattle will be sold in catalog order beginning with Angus bulls, followed by Hereford bulls, and then commercial heifers. Beginning at 11 a.m. , the sale coordinator will go through the sale order only once using the method described previously. Any bulls not sold on sale day will be available beginning March 26, 2017, on a first-come, first-served basis, until all are sold by the end of the bull-selling season. No On-line Broadcast – In an effort to reduce costs, this year’s sale will not be broadcast via the internet or satellite video. If you seek assistance in purchasing a bull, but are unable to attend, please contact Jason Ahola, David Schafer, or Kevin Pond (contact info above).

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