Auction draws quality beef

Published 12:00 am Monday, November 14, 2005

UNIONTOWN – Driving into Uniontown on Highway 80 yesterday, the stench of bull was in the air. Literally.

Sixty-two bulls and 19 open performance proven heifers set up shop in town yesterday for the 10th annual Fall Roundup Bull and Heifer Sale.

According to Beef Cattle Improvement Association manager Michelle Elmore, 56 bulls and 18 of the 19 heifers were sold.

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“The most expensive bull was a Simmental and it went for $5,000,” she said.

“The highest heifer was Jack Tatum’s commercial Simmental,” BCIA managing editor Kiley Harper, said. “That sold for $1,100.”

The big spender of the event was Randal Rawls, who purchased the five grand 2,300-pound Simmental bull, along with two others, for the Auburn University Agricultural Experiment Station in Winfield.

“These bulls will breed cattle up at the Uppers Coastal Plain Substation in Winfield,” he said.

Rawls said he spent a total of about $10,900 on bulls this year and has purchased livestock from the Uniontown auction for the past four or five years.

“The Uniontown sale has always been a good place to buy two and 3-year-old bulls,” he said. Rawls also said the new bulls are the perfect age to begin breeding.

The auction is held annually every second Friday in November and is open to all Alabama BCIA members.

According to Rawls, the annual sale is well worth the wait.

“The Uniontown sale is one of the best sales in the state for this kind of bull.”