Calgary Bull Sale moves to racetrack to reduce cost, downtown congestion

The Calgary Bull Sale is leaving its 116-year-old home on the city’s Stampede grounds and moving out of town.

The Century Downs racetrack northeast of Calgary will host the long running bull sale March 2-3.

“The costs of having the sale in downtown Calgary were becoming a bit prohibitive,” said Neal Church of the Alberta Cattle Breeders Association.

As well, manoeuvring through busy and narrow downtown streets with trucks and trailers was a challenge for many, especially those unfamiliar with the city.

The decision to move came after last year’s sale when proposals went out to various venues, including the Stampede.

The racetrack and casino opened last spring and is located near the Cross Iron Mills mall at the junction of Highway 2 and Stoney Trail in Rocky View County.

The barn is 120 metres long and offers dirt floors in the stalling area and sales ring. The wash rack and trade show area is non-slip concrete.

Replacement heifers and bulls will show March 2 and the bulls sell the following day. A horse sale will also be held March 3.

The Calgary Bull Sale is the longest running consignment bull sale in North America and is a benchmark for other prairie bull sales.

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