On first glance Saturday, Max Smith appeared either courageous or a few cows short of a herd. With no hesitation, he was chasing a 1,500-pound bull down a narrow chute, prodding it with a short stick.
He was, however, just doing his job, one he was happy to have.
As an inmate at Northpoint Training Center, a medium-security prison on Ky. 33 near Burgin, Smith was sending along animals for the facility's cattle auction.
Saturday's brisk auction of 32 head, which drew farmers from around the state, is one of two each year at the prison. The proceeds go directly to the state's general fund, said Jim Morgan, Northpoint's warden.
The auction was "basically a bull sale, but we threw in five heifers and five calves to spice things up a bit," said Billy Peel, Northpoint's farm manager.