The annual cattle sales are one of the major events of the estancia year. Preparation starts a few months before when the animals are selected for sale, and a few days before the auction they are tagged and then transported to the auction yards, about an hour away from the estancia. It is always exciting to visit the auction and see the auctioneer in action.
This year there were over 2000 animals in the auction which are split into lots during the day. We had to wait until into the afternoon for our animals to come through, but the auction is a fantastic place for people watching.
There is nothing more exciting than watching your own animals go to auction, especially when the bidding hots up! We were literally holding our breath, and were rewarded with not only the best price in the auction for the day, but the best price in the country! We celebrated in true 'gaucho' style with a coffee and an empanada . . .