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AROUND OREGON: Ranchers bullish after spring auctions

Cattle graze just over the hill, as seen against the winter sky in Malheur County. (Enterprise file photo)

BAKER CITY - Many bids came in via a computer screen rather than from shouts at the sale ring, but Bob Harrell Jr. was still pleased to see something resembling normal in the beef business.

Harrell said the 42nd-annual bull sale at his family’s Harrell Hereford Ranch in Baker Valley on March 1 was successful.

“I thought it went really well,” Harrell said. “We were very pleased.”

The turnout, both in person and online, was especially welcome after a year of uncertainty and upheaval in the cattle market, Harrell said.

“Ranchers are used to adversity,” he said. “No one knew what to expect. But we’re seeing that life can go on and we . . .