Today was the annual Family Tradition Black Angus Bull Sale! I look forward to it every year, mainly because I really know next to nothing about the cattle industry. It’s a great opportunity to learn more about cattle production as well as how the purebred game works. I love the descriptors that the auctioneers use to sell them. “This bull has a lot of red meat on him.” “He’s got 40cm testicles.” “He’s as square and stout as any bull you’ll see.” It’s great! And everyone does a fantastic job. It’s really almost more of a family get together than a sale in that everyone socializes after the sale around pie and refreshments. The Frey’s really do know what Saskatchewan hospitality is all about. And, it’s REALLY nice that they have an indoor facility. That wind still is so consarned hornswogglin’ cold!!! 😯 I did nab the shot above of the bulls outside in the viewing pen. It was worth the cold! 😀
But I had fun at the sale with my Nikon Df in tow. I used my f/4 zooms which worked very well. I could shoot the ISO up really high and I didn’t even really notice the f/4 aperture limitation. I could still nab good exposure. I used my trusty expo disc to nab the correct white balance too which is helpful. If anything it dials in a bit too much magenta, but it’s an easy fix. Here’s some highlights from the day.
Yesterday was the Freyburn Bull Sale up at Jason & Melissa’s. It was the first cattle sale/auction I have ever attended and it was very exciting. I took candid photos of the event which was a lot of fun as well. There was a pretty good turnout of people from far and near who took in the event. I wasn’t sure what to expect exactly, but it was a very social event. Business mixed with friends and family and loads of great hospitality. I hope everyone took some pie home with them! 😎 Who would have thought that hearing about how big a bull’s testicles are for a couple of hours could be so entertaining!?! 😉