|The Agricultural Pavilion at
Stampede Park was the setting for the annual Calgary Bull Sale,
sponsored by the Alberta Cattle Breeder's
Association. This year, the sale marked it's 100th
anniversary, making it the longest continuously-running event
of its kind in North America. By one estimate, over
55,000 bulls worth more than $60 million have change hands during the
past century, helping to establish Calgary as a leading centre
for commerce and agriculture.
Being one of the first sales in the spring, it is always an important indicator of the cattle industry's general health, since the prices fetched by top quality stock on offer tend to set the outlook for cattle prices for the rest of the year.
With its live-auction format, the sale generates excitement and action aplenty and is another reflection of Calgary's proud western and agricultural heritage. One of us, a transplanted easterner, commented this way after his first visit: "Amazing... this is a world all its own". Take our brief pictorial tour and judge for yourself.
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