RED DEER, Alta. — Jeff Fraser broke the colour barrier by bringing a black bull to a Red Angus show and sale last weekend.
Red Roundup, held Oct. 21, is one of Canada’s premier Red Angus events and has run for 45 years at Red Deer.
Fraser said he was talked into taking the risk of participating in the show. He offered shares in his black bull that is a red colour carrier.
Named Fraser Poker Face 613D, the 2016 bull was the result of an AI mating between a Red Angus mother and the black bull Vision Unanimous 1418, owned by Peak Dot Ranch at Wood Mountain, Sask. Vision Unanimous has more than 1,500 registered offspring in Canada.
Fraser offered 10 percent shares in the bull and Ole Farms, Athabasca, Alta., bought a share for $3,600. Rafter SJ Angus of Montney, B.C. and Camo Cattle Co. each bought a share for $3,500.
“He is an investment financially and in your herd because he is different,” said Fraser. He runs about 400 red and black cows in Manitoba.
About 100 are registered. He sold two red heifers carrying Poker Face breeding for $8,250 and $4,600 respectively.
The top selling lot at the sale was a 2013 cow from Sheldon Kyle of Kenray Ranch at Redvers, Sask. The cow was purchased by Agricola Y Ganadera La Alena, Mexico for $26,000.
Another high seller at $17,000 went to Jessica Christy of New York. Consigned by Diamond C Liberty Angus of Melville, Sask., the female was purchased from Brylor Angus at Pincher Creek, Alta., as an embryo that was born in 2016.
Red Roundup also held a bull futurity competition. The champion futurity bull was the entry of Goad Family Angus of Clandonald, Alta., and sold for $8,750.
The reserve was from Redline Livestock of Didsbury, Alta. and sold for $6,500.
Unofficial sale results:
Sales totalled $519,325 for 95 head. They include:
- 21 embryos averaged $411
- four donor cows averaged $12,936
- 21 bred heifers averaged $6,430
- 37 heifer calves averaged $4,993
- five bulls averaged $11,446
- four herd picks averaged $5,325
- Semen lots averaged $87 per dose