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Buffalo auction is Saturday

Jason Ferguson
Published: Thursday, November 15th, 2012

With the drought taking its toll on area pastures and grasslands, there isn’t as much grazing available for livestock. Custer State Park is no exception. Because of that, more buffalo will be available at the 47th annual Custer State Park Fall Classic Buffalo Auction this Saturday, Nov. 17.
“There are a number cows and young heifers for sale this year, said Gary Brundage, resource program manager for Custer State Park. “The drought we experienced this year has led us to hold off on rebuilding the herd, so we have additional surplus females.”
The auction will begin Saturday at 10 a.m. at the Custer State Park Buffalo corrals, located 15 miles east of Custer on Highway 16A and then nine miles south on the Wildlife Loop Road. Signs will be posted to assist in locating the corrals. Bidder registration will begin at 9 a.m.
Available this year are 256 buffalo, including 27 mature bred cows, 16 mature open cows, 43 2-year-old bred heifers, three 2-year-old open heifers, nine yearling heifers, 61 heifer calves, 62 bull calves, 19 yearling bulls,  five 2-year-old grade bulls, 11 2-year-old breeding bulls and 17 burros. The order of the sale will be burros, mature cows, 2-year-old heifers, yearling heifers, heifer calves, bull calves, yearling bulls, 2-year-old grade bulls and 2-year-old breeding bulls.

With the drought taking its toll on area pastures and grasslands, there isn’t as much grazing available for livestock. Custer State Park is no exception. Because of that, more buffalo will be available at the 47th annual Custer State Park Fall Classic Buffalo Auction this Saturday, Nov. 17.

“There are a number cows and young heifers for sale this year, said Gary Brundage, resource program manager for Custer State Park. “The drought we experienced this year has led us to hold off on rebuilding the herd, so we have additional surplus females.”

The auction will begin Saturday at 10 a.m. at the Custer State Park Buffalo corrals, located 15 miles east of Custer on Highway 16A and then nine miles south on the Wildlife Loop Road. Signs will be posted to assist in locating the corrals. Bidder registration will begin at 9 a.m.

Available this year are 256 buffalo, including 27 mature bred cows, 16 mature open cows, 43 2-year-old bred heifers, three 2-year-old open heifers, nine yearling heifers, 61 heifer calves, 62 bull calves, 19 yearling bulls,  five 2-year-old grade bulls, 11 2-year-old breeding bulls and 17 burros. The order of the sale will be burros, mature cows, 2-year-old heifers, yearling heifers, heifer calves, bull calves, yearling bulls, 2-year-old grade bulls and 2-year-old breeding bulls.

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