McCabe Genetics, Elk City, Kan.
“Our numbers offered this fall will be very comparable to last year. We have a few potential larger ranches where we have placed bulls in the last couple of years that have shown interest. Should they come through, we would actually pull some bulls foreword to meet that demand,” says Randy McCabe.
“We will have a production sale, private sale and possibly an internet auction. We had one small internet auction last May and were satisfied with the results. We held the bulls to about 20 head and also offered 73 commercial bred females but thought it was a good start. We will probably offer one this fall also,” McCabe says.
“We normally have a full sale barn with standing room only but last March we had very few people in attendance. I think many buyers were forced to use the phone and internet and I would assume that trend will continue. Many buyers realized they could bid offsite even though they wouldn’t have normally even considered doing so under normal times.
“Our buyers first sort the bulls into two groups; those that will work for heifers and those that will add performance to their cow herd. They then fine tune down to more specific needs depending on personal preference,” he says.
“A trend we have been seeing for about three years is buyers selecting for docility. As buyers get older on average this has gotten more important. We have buyers absolutely won’t buy a low docility bull.
As far as this year verses last year, we always hope to make progress each year but I would just say they should be equal to or at least as strong.”