While we are still waiting on the official sale results from the Bureau of Indian Affairs, all accounts point towards a good market this weekend for the Leachman horses.
Northern Ag Network spoke with Justin Mills from the NILE this morning. He told us that they were starting to accumulate some of the numbers and that the prices exceeded the $200 per head average they had expected going into the sale. The NILE only offered assistance and the official numbers, again, will need to come from the Bureau of Indian Affairs.
Looking to some numbers that were published in the Billings Gazette, they tell that one couple from Houston took home 19 horses for a total of $11,000. They also report that of the 400 horses sold on Saturday, one horse sold for $1,000 and another for double that. However, they say most were in the $200 to $800 range.
KTVQ in Billings reports that some 15 young stud horses drew the biggest interest on Sunday but there was no word as to what those horses were able to bring in. They also told that the BIA had more that $150,000 in expenses to cover with the profits from the sale. Once the totals are tallied up, they will reimburse the Crow Agency and anyone else with a cost in the project. The profit, if there is one, will then go to Jim Leachman. Meanwhile, his jury trial for animal cruelty charges is set for June 3rd.
Please check back for updates! We will post the official results once they are released by the BIA.
Sources: Billings Gazette, KTVQ
Posted by Haylie Shipp