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Gila County Cattle Growers Association Annual Auction
On May 2, 2012, the Gila County Cattle Grower’s Association 44th Annual Replacement and Stocker Sale grossed over $2.1 million for our ranchers and communities. Dedicated to pioneer cattlemen Jack Nelson and Bob and Miriam Boice, this was the most successful sale in the history of the organization.
In opening ceremonies, retiring ADA Brand Inspector, Pat Wood, was honored with a plaque for her many years of dedication and hard work on behalf of the Gila County ranchers.
The sale included 2,462 head of premium livestock from Gila County ranches. The 1,378 steers had an average weight of 609 lbs and sold, on an average, for $154/CWT. Heifers, totaling 1,084, weighed an average of 559 lbs. and sold at an average of $142/CWT.
In large herds and small, cattle came in from 38 ranches throughout the county in a 6-day period. Chas Erickson, Sale Chairman and Yard Manager, and his highly experienced crew, diligently sorted the cattle, carefully matching color and size to create lot packages with maximum buyer appeal.
Buyers came from across the Western United States, including Arizona, Oklahoma, Texas, California, New Mexico and Missouri. When all was said-and-done, 2,462 cattle headed to their new destinations in Arizona, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Nebraska, Colorado, California, Kansas and Texas.
All-in all, the success of GCCGA 2012 Annual Auction is due to the teamwork of the ranchers and friends who volunteered their time, skills and elbow-grease. From sale yard clean-up to final load-out and everything in between, each person involved was an integral part of the operation.
“Our thanks to everyone involved,” from the GCCGA Officers and Board of Directors. “We could not have done this without you.”