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When I first received a news release this morning,
announcing that Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers is preparing for the complete
dispersal of Northern Black Angus ranch at Kamloops, I thought, ‘oh, oh, here’s
another ranching operation fed up with the economics of the beef industry and
getting out.’

But I was wrong. Trevor White is closing down Northern Black
Angus, a purebred Angus operation which he has owned for the past 13 years, but
he sees it is only a temporary exit from the beef business.

Fact is Trevor, who has been in the logging and road
building business for many years, has a great logging business opportunity on
Vancouver Island he wants to pursue for the next five years and he says he
can’t do it all.

“It is a great opportunity on Vancouver Island, I don’t want
to pass up, but I can’t run the ranch at the same time,” he says. “We have
really enjoyed the beef industry – my wife, sons and daughter have all enjoyed
it as well – but we decided we’d have to leave ranching for now.” The family has all been involved with the B.C. Angus Association, with Trevor currently serving on the executive. 

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The Whites still own a 1,000 acre farm at Smithers, which

they will keep, but the ranch at Kamloops, lock, stock and barrel, is all on
the auction bloc October 15, at 10 a.m.


The other thing that caught my attention is that Ritchie Bros.
is handling the sale. I always think of them as auctioneers of heavy machinery
and industrial equipment, but fact is they do handle farm and ranch sales, as
well.

All details on the sale can be found at: http://www.rbauction.com/property/2009547_kamloops_bc/index.jsp
, but in brief Northern Black Angus consists of 375 acres of land, some
irrigated, just north of Kamloops. It is in two parcels. They are also selling
114 head of registered Black Angus cows, calves, yearlings and herd bulls,
along with some beef genetics. And a full line of machinery is being sold
too.  If you are looking for a
turnkey ranching operation, just bring your cheque book.

Every item will be sold to the highest bidder, with no

minimums or reserve prices.

Trevor says once this project on Vancouver Island is
complete, he hopes to get back into the beef business.

 

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Field Editor

Lee Hart is editor of Cattleman’s Corner based in Calgary.

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