Breeding bulls

Mar 242011
Authors: Christopher Boan

While many CSU students are writing midterm papers, the seedstock team is inseminating cows.

And this Saturday their efforts will come to fruition with the 35th annual Bull and Female Sale that will take place at the CSU Agriculture Research Development Education Center at 9 a.m. According to the group’s website, 35 bulls and eight heifers will be available for purchase.

“We develop bulls for breeding stock, basically. We take bulls from their calves, and we develop them into full-sized bulls,” said team member and Bull-Washing Supervisor Kevin Schlabach.

The team consists of eight members who are divided into four groups that specialize in different areas of cattle management. The four sub-categories included are handling, data analysis, marketing for the sale and marketing for the booths put up for the National Western
Stock Show in Denver, as well as the other events the group attends.

“We showed four bulls at the National Western Stock Show in Denver in January. They were judged against other bulls,” said team member and Event Coordinator Hannah Todd.

For members of the seedstock team, participation is more than just a hobby. Members see it as a chance to network with cattle operators, with an eye towards future employment opportunities.

“For me, seedstock is an area that I hope to pursue after graduation,” Schlabach said. “It helps us network with seedstock producers and helps us learn the ropes for the future.”

The sale itself also provides the members an opportunity to learn valuable insight into marketing and advertising. The group publishes a yearly catalog for the sale, which details the pricing and individual character of the bulls for sale.

“I think that it’s important to make sure that the final product is marketed well,” said group advisor Clayton Shonk.
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Want to attend?

  • Location: CSU Agricultural Research Development Education Center
  • Address: Across from the Budweiser Events Center in Loveland, three and a half miles down Northeast Frontage Rd.
  • Time: 9 a.m. Saturday, breakfast at the Embassy Suites at 7:30 a.m.
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