ERIE — His summer of fun over, Roy the Bull is spending the winter making nice with cows and eating a great deal.
Roy was a major attraction at the Boulder County Fair in August, drawing large crowds as his owner, Alvin Carter, ran a “guess Roy’s weight” contest.
Roy’s pen at the fair drew thousands of visitors, many of them children awed by the 2,240-pound Highland bull with his shaggy coat and horns.
Today, 7-year-old Roy is living a much quieter life.
“He’s out on pasture with the cows,” Carter said. “In the winter, they don’t do much moving around.”
Carter said Roy has done his real work for the year: impregnating his cows, who will give birth this spring.
“Once a year, he breeds my cows,” he said. “Otherwise, he just eats hay and hangs out with the girls while they’re pregnant.”
Carter said he brought Roy, who hadn’t left his farm between Erie and Lafayette in about three years, to the fair to get children excited about agriculture and livestock.
Carter got into the life after working on a ranch as a teenager. After talking to fair organizers about how he felt the fair was losing its agricultural focus, he decided to do something.
Carter got Roy at the National Western Stock Show when the bull was a year old and has kept him on his farm for breeding ever since. He’s docile, Carter said, and good-natured.
Carter said he’s not sure if he’ll bring Roy back to the fair next summer, citing security concerns for his prize bull.
“The whole thing was to let the kids see a big animal and feed him,” he said.
Two local boys correctly guessed Roy’s weight, and each won a $400 scholarship.