Dipping bull sales signal uncertainty over drought

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STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) -- Sales at the North Western Colorado Bull Sale are down more than 50 percent from last year in what could be a sign of uncertainty about the lingering drought.

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The Steamboat Pilot & Today reports (http://bit.ly/1588WHE) the event Saturday in Routt County generated $50,700 in bull sales, down from a record of $112,000 last year. The average price for a bull that sold this year was $2,204, down from $3,200 last year.

Community Agriculture Alliance Executive Director Marsha Daughenbaugh (DAW'-ken-baw) says the drought has caused many people to cull their herds, and other sales in the region have had similar results.

CJ Mucklow, who is regional director for Colorado State University Extension, says ranchers are waiting for the drought to abate before expanding their herds.



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