Red Bluff Bull and Gelding Sale organizers gave back with an annual summer gathering, held this year at Junipers RV Resort in Lakeview on Saturday, Aug. 2.
Having earned a reputation as the best bull and gelding sale on the west coast, the Red Bluff Sale takes place in Red Bluff, Calif. in January each year. As a 501(c)5 non-profit organization operated by a board of directors, a summer gathering is organized each year for the committee to meet and plan the next year’s event while also providing a social setting for folks in the industry.
The annual sale draws thousands for almost a week of bull, gelding and stock dog sales, combined with other events like art shows, bull rides and a trade show. As many as 300 head of bulls are sold at Red Bluff depending on the market, with as many as 40 people working on organizing the event.
This next sale will be the 74th year of the annual event, which began as a means to improve genetics in the market, and later added a gelding sale. As a thank you for those that participate, the summer gathering holds a large banquet and board of directors meeting to begin planning the next event.
Location of the summer gathering has varied in past years, held in Fort Klamath, Medford and Alturas among others. Red Bluff Bull Sale Mgr. Adam Owens believes this was the first time that the gathering had come to Lakeview.
“It’s a good turnout, and it’s the right kind of people,” said Owens. “This event is a big thank you to those who participate in the sale, and it also gets people thinking about the next one. It’s our way to show appreciation.”
Food and drinks were provided by Red Bluff; with corn, salads and steaks cooked to perfection for the crowd. The invite-only event was for people who have consigned bulls or geldings, participated in the trade show, purchased and/or are in the industry
Red Bluff has earned its reputation through a careful sifting process ensuring top quality of animals at the sale, which was evident in the particular care taken at the summer gathering in the quality of steaks provided to the crowd as well.
“We don’t do this for publicity,” added Owens. “It’s just a good time.”
The next Red Bluff Bull Sale will take place Jan. 27-31, 2015 in Red Bluff Calif. Visit www.redbluffbullsale.com for more information.