Colorado rancher wins bull
Jerry McCaw of Ignacio studied the performance data and ranked 14 bulls in a people's choice program at the National Western Stock Show. Marking his blue judging card turned out to be McCaw lucky ticket to a new $10,000 bull.
For the ninth year, Colorado Simmental offered its popular People's Choice Power Bull program to the Stock Show crowd. Judging tickets are sold to participants--young and old alike and from throughout the U.S. and Canada--who get to don their judging caps and pick top Simmental genetics.
McCaw, along with seedstock and commercial ranchers, twice slipped out of the bleachers and flooded the ring at the Simmental pen bull show to get a close look at the nominated bulls and rank them. However, McCaw couldn't stay in Denver after the judging so just marked his stub with a note designating his neighbor Robert Campbell to be his representative, and returned home to Ignacio, Colo.
The next day, Purina Animal Nutrition representatives David Mast and Cindy Macleod-Soppe shook the participant's ballots out of the locked box, and announced McCaw's name.
Campbell eyed the top vote getters--bulls from Springer Simmental of Iowa, Ruby Cattle Company of Iowa, Oak Meadow Farms of Minnesota, and Lee Simmental Farms of Missouri. He then picked Oak Meadow Farm's OMF Double Shot Z10, a yearling bull with a high All-Purpose Index of 130 and excellent EPDs. Campbell then called McCaw with the news that he was the proud owner of a new Simmental bull.
Campbell transported the solid black bull back to the west slope for McCaw, who earned full possession and 2/3 semen interest of Z10. Oak Meadow Farm received $10,000 and retained 1/3 semen interest.
It was the first time a Colorado cattlemen won People's Choice Power Bull. The program was sponsored by Eberspacher Enterprises and Purina Animal Nutrition. Details are on www.coloradosimmental.com.