Producers interested in acquiring the best bison breeding stock in the nation will have an expanded opportunity to bid on the more than 120 animals to be offered during the National Bison Association's annual Gold Trophy Sale at the National Western Stock Show in Denver on Saturday. (Jan.26)
In cooperation with Cattle in Motion, L.L.C., the National Bison Association will provide real-time on-line video streaming of the animals in the auction arena, and the ability to accept the internet offers during the bidding.
The animals to be auctioned on Saturday will include the Grand Champion Bull and Heifer as selected during the Gold Trophy Show on the Thursday and Friday prior to the sale.
Dave Carter, executive director of the National Bison Association, said that the animals coming into the arena at the Gold Trophy Sale can provide a strong foundation for new and existing producers.
"The bison business is strong because of growing customer demand for delicious, healthy bison meat. The Gold Trophy Show and Sale is recognized as the premier event for quality breeding stock in the United States, and is the best place for producers to go to start-or to expand-their herds," Carter, said. The consignment of animals scheduled at the Gold Trophy Sale include bull and heifer calves, yearling bulls and heifers, two-year-old bred heifers, two-year-old bulls, and pens of ranch-ready yearling heifers.
The live animal sale will begin at 12 noon in the Livestock Center auction arena in the National Western yards. At 11 a.m., the association will auction 27 bison carcasses that were entered in the Market-Class competition.
"The live animal sale gives ranchers an opportunity to build their herds, and the market class competition is a great opportunity for local residents to bid on meat that can be cut and wrapped to their specification," Carter said.
Information on the annual Gold Trophy Show and Sale is available on the National Bison Association's website. Producers can also register from on-line bidding through the Cattle In Motion website.