Bull Bonanza Gives Public a Chance to See Area Cattle

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Red Cloud, NE Usually if you see bulls in the streets you're either running or watching the famous Running of the Bulls in Pamploma, Spain. But Saturday there was a more controlled situation which gave ranchers and the public a chance to see the animals up close.

The South Central Cattlemen Association have been hosting their "Bulls on Main Street" for the past 6 years.

"It's an opportunity for seed stock producers, which is people who raise purebred livestock, to bring their livestock out for the general public to display, other farmers and ranchers, to display them and let other people in the community see what's been raised in their area that they may not know about," said Jamie Watts, the President of the South Central Cattlemen Association (SCCA).

And surrounding communities joined Red Cloud locals by coming out to see livestock.

"It kind of brings the community together and is something that we all work for around here, agricultural and cattle livestock and it's kind of nice to see them come through here and kind of show off some of what they've got going on and talk to the people and let us know what is coming up in the future of the cattlemen," said Red Cloud resident Ken Campbell.

Its no coincidence the Bull Bonanza falls when ranchers are looking to add cattle to their own farms.

Watts said, "It's calving season and some guys are busy with a lot of work at home but it's also bull buying season and why not try to display the livestock out in the middle of the street in town where everybody can take a look at it."

And townspeople did take a look and enjoyed what they saw.

"There's some very beautiful cattle, especially the Anguses and the Herefords," said Campbell. "They seem to be in very good shape for this time of year and late as it is in the winter."

The ranchers came out in hopes of advertising their bulls, but also to see what other ranchers are doing.

"There's all kind of breeds here today and that's the whole idea behind it is we can see what our competition is and cattlemen from the country can come in and compare genetics from different breeds and see how these different ones might fit into their own operation," said Richard Corman, who owns Corman Simmentals in Edgar.

With snow on the ground it may not seem ideal for a cattle show, but it actually works perfectly.

"We thought the earlier we have it the more opportunity we'd have to catch people's eye so you take a gamble with the weather but it's turned out good for us today," said Watts.

The South Central Cattlemen Association serves Adams, Clay, Nuckolls and Webster Counties. The show moves all around the area, but next year's Bonanza will likely be back in Red Cloud.