Overbrook, Okla. - J.W. Hart called it the
best bull sale in the world, and Cord McCoy said
it will likely set the tone for the bull market for the next 10
For the Page family, which has been in the bucking bull industry
for more than 30 years, the D&H Cattle Company Bred to Buck
Bull & Female Sale is its annual event to sell yearling bulls
with proven pedigree and females that, according to the sale
catalog, "come right out of the heart of the herd."
"I'm tickled to see the interest in the business," H.D. Page
said afterward. "You would think the deal would get old, but your
adrenaline just keeps pumping. These calves, when you raise one
like that, it gives you new energy, new life and a new outlook on
things. It kind of keeps you pumped up about your business.
"The PBR has done a lot over the years for the enthusiasm of the
fans and keeping our deal rolling. We're sure thankful for
"It gives you new energy, new life and a new
outlook on things."
After more than 10 years, it's become more than a sale.
Page called it an event.
They began Friday evening by bucking their sale bulls, and
followed with an ABBI-sanctioned futurity event that night. The
sale, which took just over four hours to complete, took place
Saturday afternoon, prior to the WinStar World Casino Touring Pro
The sale took place at the Red River Livestock Auction barn in
Overbrook, Okla., while the bull riding event was in nearby Ardmore
at the Hardy Murphy Coliseum.
This year's sale was streamed live on the internet, but Page
said he recommends that those who haven't experienced an auction
in-person make plans to attend the next one in Overbrook.
He does, however, recognize that it might not be for
"People are in and out of the business all the time," he said.
"Some people thought they wanted to raise cows and raise calves off
of bucking cows, and then they figure out later, 'Well, we'll just
go buy a couple 2-year-olds and 3-year-olds, and just get right in
and play with something like that.
"It is a lot of work, but if you enjoy the work, it is a pretty
rewarding business. That's what this production sale is about. It
doesn't appeal to everybody, and not everybody wants to be a cowboy
and riding a horse every day. There (are) options for everybody,
and that's the neat thing about it. You can get in on yearling
bulls, or you can get in on the cows and start from the ground
This year's top sale brought in more than $40,000 for
half-interest in Page 113Y, which is a Mudslinger son out of a
Backlash daughter. Page added that the yearling also goes back to
the dame of Western Wishes.
"This calf has Mudslinger and Western Wishes top-to-bottom, all
the way back through his pedigree," Page said. "Those two bulls
were raised up together and it's a pretty neat deal. Those bulls
hated each other.
"We're tickled to sell half-interest."
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