Riverbend Ranch to Host World's 2nd Largest Angus Bull Sale

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Updated: 3/09/2012 6:30 pm

People from all across the nation will be coming to Southeast Idaho Saturday.

I’m at the Riverbend ranch in Idaho Falls where tomorrow they will host the 2nd largest Angus bull sale in the world.

Riverbend Ranch is the largest purebred seedstock operation in the west. It will host the 12th annual Riverbend Ranch genetic edge bull sale.

"We're really pleased with the results that we've had here and people are coming from all over the world to buy these genetics now and that's really fun for us” said owner Frank VanderSloot.

Right now Angus is the most desirable breed of cattle in the world, the auction will bring together the leading cattlemen of this trade who will get the chance to upgrade their herds.

"I'm really proud of David Brown who's our ranch manger and our staff who've worked so hard to put this all together and you know a lot of little tiny details it all has to do with knowing the cattle knowing what genetics what EPD's that cattlemen need to get ahead in the cattle business” continued VanderSloot.

So what exactly makes a good cow?

For those who don't know ranching, producing a good cow is a complicated process.

It involves statistics like birth weight, weaning weight, yearly weight, back fat and the amount of fat marbled into a piece of meat.

"All these carcass genetics that are so important in today's cattle world that that's what we've tried to do a good job of and people feel like we've done a good job with that and that's why they come here from all over to buy their cattle” said VanderSloot.

About 600 people are expected to come to the auction to bid for the nearly 550 Angus bulls which will be up for grab.

The reason the auction garners so much attention is because the demand for cattle is significantly high across the world.

"Asia is demanding beef now, people are prospering in China, they've been eating tofu, you know, for centuries and they found out that beef is a lot better probably a lot better for them and a lot tastier and they want beef so beef prices are sky high, that's affecting everybody that's in the cattle business and so the cattlemen are prospering today” continued VanderSloot.

The auction will begin at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, March 10th.

For more information on the sale or Riverbend Ranch click on this link.

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