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In photos: It's a bull market for these prize cattle at the 113th legendary Calgary auction

The world's oldest continuous bull sale is a barometer for the Canadian cattle industry

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Participants listen to bids at the 113th annual Calgary Bull Sale, the world’s oldest continuous consignment bull sale, which was held over two days in Calgary on March 6 and 7, 2013.

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Interested bidders look over the stock at the 113th annual Calgary Bull Sale. As many as 500 ranchers and purebred producers from Western Canada and the United States attended the event to bid on Hereford bulls, Angus bulls and other breeds.

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A bid catcher announces a $4,000 offer at the 113th annual Calgary Bull Sale. Last year at the sale, a barometer for the Canadian cattle industry, saw a dramatic jump in both average and total sales.

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Andy Jones brushes a bull before showing it at the 113th annual Calgary Bull Sale. The average price for a bull sale at the first auction in 1900 was $85.17 while 2012 saw the highest prices in a decade, with the average bull selling for $5,726, which is a 33 per cent increase from 2011.

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Kiersty Nixdorff, left, and her cousin Elise Nixdorff take a break from working in the barns at the 113th annual Calgary Bull Sale.

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Dave Dennis, grooms a bull at the 113th annual Calgary Bull Sale.

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A participant at the 113th annual Calgary Bull Sale.

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Blair Fenton displays his prize-winning bull at the 113th annual Calgary Bull Sale.

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A rancher shows his bull at the 113th annual Calgary Bull Sale.

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A scene from the 113th annual Calgary Bull Sale.

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John MacGougan, a local rancher from Coronation, Alta., makes some notes before bidding at the 113th annual Calgary Bull Sale.

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Vacuums line stalls as bulls waits to be shown at the 113th annual Calgary Bull Sale.

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Judy Finseth, with Bar Pipe Ranch, sprays conditioner on a bull at the 113th annual Calgary Bull Sale.

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Two-year-old Sid Longson walks through the barns with his dad at the 113th annual Calgary Bull Sale.

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Winning bulls wait in the barns at the The 113th annual Calgary Bull Sale.

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