As an auctioneer raced through the details and bidding for the last few Charolais on Tuesday afternoon in Rushmore Plaza Civic Center, Andrew Odden, of Odden Charolais Ranch in Colome, sat beside his three bulls waiting calmly.
"It was a good day," Odden said after the three Charolais he and his father brought to the show had sold for $15,000, $4,500 and $4,750.
The $15,000 Charolais, Odden explained, won reserve champion and was auctioned on a live-stream video to bidders across the country. Now he was simply trying to figure out who, and where, the bidder was. If the other winning bidders had trailers, they could take the Charolais home today.
"I hope they have one," Odden said, because if not, he would have to load his Charolais onto a trailer and truck them home himself.
Last week, they were in Denver for another Charolais show at the National Western Stock Show and Rodeo. And this week's show will not be Odden's last. At 21, the future of the Odden Charolais Ranch will someday fall into his hands.