Sale Day Info

Our 2017 Spring Bull Sale is Saturday, April 15th at Western Livestock Auction in Great Falls, Montana.  147 yearling bulls are up for auction, all linebred since 1956, one-brand and ours, developed at the Upper Ranch feedlot. These bulls are the tops of the 2016 spring calf crop.  They are ultra-sounded, scrotal measured and semen-tested before the sale, in addition to all their performance data available in the sale catalog.  All guaranteed for the first breeding season, free delivery the first 500 miles from Great Falls MT.  "Site Unseen" Buyers program available.  2017 SPRING SALE CATALOG LINK NOW ON THE 'SALE CATALOG' PAGE.

A great big "thank you!" to all our customers buying 48 bulls at our Fall sale Nov. 8th.  Despite the drastic drop in cattle prices and it being Election Day, we had good turnout, averaged $3482, about $2400-2500 for commercial prices when the purebred prices are taken out.  The high-selling bull was Lot 26 for $7,250 to repeat buyer Sparrow Farms Ltd of Vanskoy, SK, Lot 21 for $6,250 to David Prokuda of Glenevis, AB, Lot 28 for $6,000 to repeat buyer Monty Fleharty of Fleharty Ranches of Grass Range, MT, and Lot 20 for $5,750 to Romans Ranches of Harper, OR.  Fall Sale bull videos are still available on the "Cattle Videos" page, all this past sale lot information for your reference only until March 25th when the new spring sale bulls are featured.

Our deepest thanks to all attending our Fall 2016 sale.  Our customer base is the commercial producer, and our sale prices reflect the calf prices our customers receive.

We feel very fortunate in the support of all our bull buyers.  The industry demands more and more of good Char-cross calves, not only for their extra pounds, but for their greater feed efficiency and cutability of excellent quality meat.  We thank you again all for your purchases and confidence in our program, whether you are a new buyer (welcome!), or one of our long-time customers. 


There is steadily increasing demand for Charolais crossbred calves by feedlot operators and packers.  They know these are the calves that will pay the bills.  The Cobb Charolais Spring Bull Sale, generally offering 130+bulls, is one of the largest Charolais bull sales in the United States, and ALL are home-raised and 'one brand'.  


There are NO bull calves placed on test with poor performance that would inflate or further boost up the indexes--no poorly performing animals to which the upper half is compared--THESE SALE BULLS ARE ALL THE TOPS! 

ALL the bulls are one-brand, home-raised, developed in our own bull performance test station here at the ranch.  Each bull is individually semen-tested and backed by a first-season breeding guarantee.


Sale Day information:

Bulls are performance tested, independently semen tested and measured by Hoffman AI of Logan, Utah, ultrasounded for carcass data by Matt Lane of Billings, MT and ultrasound indexed by the American-Internat'l Charolais Assn. (AICA), and guaranteed for the breeding season.  Registration certificates are available from the AICA are available upon the buyer's request.

Health papers will be available for transport to other states. We are in the designated brucellosis-free region of Montana, and all bulls can be transported immediately after the sale with health papers. These are all  virgin bulls, but if your state requires a trichomoniasis or "trich" test, the bulls can be ready for transport 7-10 days after taking the sample for this test, which the vet can do at the yards after the sale.

All bull sales are in U.S. dollars.  Currency price is the date of the sale.  Method of payment is cash, check, or bank wire transfer. Any other arrangements shall be made before the sale with the Seller.

Sale Order is according to descending order of Weight Per Day of Age Index, following the catalog lot order. All buyers, whether present at the sale or bidding by telephone or through an agent, must register first with the Western Livestock Auction office before the sale.

Buyer registration at Western begins at 8 a.m. Mountain Time, the number is 406-727-5400.  All buyers must register first with Western Livestock Auction to participate in the sale.  

If you cannot be present at the sale, we can help you pick out what you want through our "Sight Unseen" program, and also provide you with an independent bid taker. We guarantee your customer satisfaction with the bulls, or your money back.


       1.  Sale is broadcast LIVE only on the website   ALL ONLINE BUYERS MUST BE PREREGISTERED ON THIS SITE PRIOR TO SALE DAY.

       2.  After submitting a buyer approval request on Cattle USA website, must call Sarah at Western Livestock auction yard to confirm the registration.  Mon.-Thurs MTN time, 406-727-5400 or email her:

       3.  Questions?  Please contact Sarah at Western Livestock, 406-727-5400 before sale day itself for answers, and to work out any remaining details.


A $50.00 discount per bull if you truck your own bulls on sale day.

Free delivery of bulls within 500 miles of Great Falls, MT to a central point. If bulls are to be trucked further than the 500 miles, buyer pays for the trucking amount AFTER this distance to the central delivery point.

For suggested lodging places in Great Falls, please upload from the link: UserFiles/File/Hospitality_Letter.doc This is a Microsoft Word file. Please contact us for lodging information if you have trouble opening the Word document.

Great Falls, Montana is regularly served by Delta Airlines, Horizon Air, and United.  Horizon's flights connect through Seattle, Delta's flights connect to Great Falls through Salt Lake City, Minneapolis/St. Paul or Seattle, and United has twice daily direct flights from Denver, Colorado to Great Falls, Montana. 


Any questions? Please call us: John-406-562-3670 or Mike-406-562-3694.


Bulls from one of the spring pens in early March containing smaller bulls. Raising meat is what it's all about--the "business side of Charolais."



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