WESTLOCK - The 10th Annual Pro-Char Charolais bull sale for David and Kristina Prokuda and their young adult children, Kendall and Marshall, held at their farm near Glenevis Feb. 28 saw 50-and-a-half lots sell for $418,800 to average $8,293.
Nine two-year-old bulls sold for $68,000 to average $7,556, and 41 and a half yearling bulls sold for $350,800 to average $8,453.
Two yearlings were the high selling bulls of this year’s sale. Lot 13, PRO-CHAR DIAMONDBACK 113H sold for $45,000 for half interest and full possession to Steppler Farms Ltd. of Miami, MB and Beck Farms of Milestone, SK. Quicksilver Charolais of Newdegate, western Australia, purchased the semen rights for the bull. The tan bull was sired by Pro-Char Renaldo 53E.
The second high seller was lot 3, PRO-CHAR BADIRGAUTO 44H which sold for $21,000 to Twin Anchor Charolais of Castor. This bull was sired by the farm’s Pro-Char Jamieson 68F bull.
Although the sale was held at the farm as in the past with auctioneer Brent Carey taking the bids, crowd numbers were way down, as expected, due to the current COVID-19 restrictions. David Prokuda says regardless, it was a “Really good sale. Probably one of the best.”
There were three high sellers in the sale, but David says the rest were really consistent in price they brought.
Some bull sales this spring have gone to a timed sale. However, Pro-Char chose to stay with their regular sale format, with all bulls sold during the sale. David says they have always videoed the bulls with the catalogue on line on the Pro-Char website, and the online bidding with Mark Shologan of DLMS so that didn’t change. But he notes there were lots of phone calls and people looking at the bulls ahead of the sale. And although it was a smaller crowd, and their sale barn not full like it has been in the past, he adds those that did come were the serious buyers. For sure, he says, many more of the sales were done online this year.
“A lot of our buyers have been buying online anyway (in the past), the far ones, but so many more new buyers were bidding online (this year).” He says he figures over the past year, 90 per cent of the farmers that didn’t bid on the Internet before, are now.