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Just Your Standard Bull...

published: November 26th 2021
by: Michael Sturgess

November 20th marked the end of an era for Brangus when the final gavel dropped at the Sala-coa Valley Farms Fall Brangus Bull Sale in Fair-mount, GA. A few weeks ago, it was announced that Quail Valley Farms, Oneonta, AL and Erik and Kim Wiley of Effie, LA had purchased the Salacoa Valley Farms herd from the Seminole Tribe of Florida.
    The Salacoa Valley Farms Brangus herd originated with the Vaughan Family many years ago. David Vaughan bought some of his first Brangus cattle from the old Willow Springs Ranch, Brenham, TX back in the early eighties. David passed away a few years back but was loved and admired by many. In addition, David served as President of both the Southeastern Brangus Breeders association and the International Brangus Breeders Association. Before his passing he sold the entire herd to the Seminole Tribe of Florida back in 2013 and then leased the ranch to them. Since that time, the Seminole Tribe continued their tradition of an annual Fall bull sale.
    With the recent sale of the herd, the sale of future progeny will be sold at the Quail Valley Farms Oneonta headquarters.
    Some of the early sales I worked there were managed by John and Debbie Maurer. In those early years, we conducted the bull sale at the Calhoun Stockyards, with an annual female sale hosted at the ranch each year in June. And when I think back on those early days, it becomes evident that many of the relationships I have with breeders from Georgia and the Southeast started with meeting them there at Salacoa Valley Farms. This ranch has played a pivotal role in the advancement and demand of Brangus cattle throughout the Southeastern US.
       And while there will still be Brangus cattle grazing on the rolling hills of Fescue, surrounded by mountains of hardwoods, we have conducted the last auction there for at least the foreseeable future. And as our relationship with the Vaughan Family becomes more distant, our memories will remain forever. Thank you to Susan Vaughan and son Steve for all those years of hospitality and kindness.


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