The first Red Angus Foundation, Inc. Fundraising Dinner was a huge success! One hundred-nine Red Angus stakeholders and friends attended the event, which raised over $10,500 in live auction items alone, and another $6,500 in sales of the debuted Red Angus Trails coffee table book.
Kyle Gilchrist of Douds, Iowa, was the auctioneer for the evening and kept the crowd upbeat and lively during bidding. Highlights from the live auction are as follows: Four collector’s editions of the Red Angus Trails coffee table books with custom-made leather-and-hair-on-hide covers sold for $1,100, $1,000, $1,000 and $1,300, respectively. Purchasers of the custom-covered books include: Green Mountain Red Angus of Three Forks, Mont., Horsley Red Angus of Stringtown, Okla., Strawberry Ridge Reds of Livingston, Mont., and Jeffries Land & Cattle of Checotah, Okla. In addition, a barn-wood framed photo taken and donated by Laura Mushrush of Strong City, Kan., sold for $250 to Bola Red Angus of Forestburg, Texas.
A 30” x 40” custom turquoise-inlayed, framed original oil painting from western and wildlife artist Jenny Robinson of Brush, Colo., sold for $1,900 to Jeffries Land & Cattle of Checotah, Okla., and a 36” x 30” custom-framed original oil painting from Jenny Robinson sold for $1,200 to VF Red Angus of Junction City, Ore.
The spotlight of the night was the custom turquoise-inlayed mesquite coffee table hand crafted by RAAA CEO, Greg Comstock selling for $3,000 to Kevin Blair of Blairs Ag Cattle Company of Lanigan, Saskatchewan, Canada.
Following the fundraising auction, RAFI supporters enjoyed Van & Larke playing dueling pianos. For more pictures from the 2012 RAFI Fundraising dinner, click here.
At the 2011 National Red Angus Convention in Raleigh Durham, North Carolina Emma Huff, CSU Master’s program student at Colorado State University explained the history of the John E. Rouse Ranch. In May 1986, John Rouse donated the One Bar Eleven ranch to CSU along with 150mature cows (7 yr +) and their calves and 125 yearling replacement heifers. A.D. Davis, owner of Bighorn Ranch, Walden, then donated 100 One Bar Eleven cows and their heifer calves (45) to CSU. These cows were a portion of the cows purchased by Mr. Davis from Mr. Rouse before the ranch was donated to CSU. Mr. Rouse began a career in the cattle business (after retiring from an executive position with Standard Oil of Indiana) with the purchase of 376 Angus females from Mr. Andrew Anderson, Wyoming, in 1953. Mr. Rouse ran the cows on a neighboring ranch until purchasing the One Bar Eleven in 1955. He was a strong believer in performance cattle, kept accurate records and used records in selecting replacement bulls and females. He also used top performance sires through the use of AI. The herd has a long-standing reputation for superior reproduction, maternal abilities and early growth. Ranch-raised bulls at several test sites in the region have been among the top-gaining individuals over all breeds for many years.
This property (also known as the One Bar Eleven Ranch) is located nine miles east of Riverside and twenty-six miles southeast of Saratoga, Wyoming, along the North Platte River. The ranch consists of approximately 7,500 acres with about 800 aces of irrigated meadow, of which 200 acres is in alfalfa under a center pivot, 1,000 acres of improved crested wheat grass and 5,700 acres of native sagebrush range. Average elevation is about 7,200 feet and annual precipitation ranges from 9 to 13 inches. The ranch capacity is about 400 cows plus bulls and replacement heifers. Purebred but non-registered Angus cattle are owned by the Animal Sciences Department and ranch management is supervised by departmental employees. The first people employed by CSU were Jack Moon, Manager, and his wife Kate and son Mike. Jack and Kate have retired and Mike is manager. In addition, CSU student interns work at the Center during the spring and summer months.