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The 47th Annual Gila County Cattle Growers Association Stocker and Replacement Sale was held May 11, 2015 at the Burch Sale Yard near Globe, AZ. The largest sale of its kind in the state sold 1,488 head of cattle from 31 ranches, bringing in $2,148,150.
What makes this sale so special? It is both serious business and a social affair. Prices this year were 10 cents over market, a tribute to the reputation and high quality of Gila County cattle. With an estimated economic impact of $15 million, the sale also highlights the importance of agriculture in our communities and to the County.
The auction itself is cooperatively run and manned by some 40-50 volunteers.
Family members and seasoned ranch hands from 8 to 85 work the sale and pre-sale, which began a week earlier as truckloads of cattle are brought in and sorted.
The Officers and Board of Directors of the Gila County Cattle Growers Association extend sincere thanks to the ranchers and their teams, who volunteered their time and resources to make this year’s auction one of the best ever. We had an all-star crew sorting cattle, running the scales and keeping the books that made a $2+ million day look like something they do every day, not just once a year.
First to thank are Chas Erickson, Sale Chairman, Travis and Media Magill, and Joe Lavin, who are legendary for being the driving force behind a successful auction.
Special thanks to John and Elaine McBride, Sara Sowers, Jim Brooks, Cindy Tidwell Sheldon, Clay Parsons, Rick Lehman, Grant Boice, Wayne Cumberland, JoLynn Lavin, Brent and Janet Cline, John Fowler, and the Gila County Cowbelles.
All-in-all, the success of the 2015 Gila County Auction is due to the teamwork of the ranchers and friends who volunteered their time, skills and elbow-grease. From sale yard cleanup to final load-out and everything in between, each person was an integral part of the operation.
This sale is put on annually by these volunteers and it very often tops the markets throughout the US during that same week. Thanks again TEAM. We could never have such a successful an event without you!!
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