March 14, 2020
Reported by W. Mark Hinton, DVM
25 Bulls $4,400
23 females $1,561
Midwest Beef Cattle Consultants, West Lafayette, Indiana, held their 17th annual open house and bull sale and female at the Muegge Farm near Carthage, Indiana, on Saturday, March 14. It was a standing room only crowd with 47 registered buyers and about 125 people in attendance. The MBCC team sold to buyers in four states at their open house and sale. All bulls selling sold with genomic-enhanced EPDs.
The high selling bull came from Wirth Farms at Batesville and sold for $7,000 to repeat buyers Patrick, Chris and Jon Temple of St. Croix, Indiana. This registered Angus bull sired by Mill Bar Hickok 7242 boasted top 1% WW, YW and Docility EPDs.
Second high selling bull went to first time buyer Eren Watkins of Huntsville, Arkansas. Blue Ridge Farms, Wolcott, Indiana, sold BRCC Y6 Right Vision 67G for $5,200. This high growth KCF Bennett Y6 son has WW and YW EPDs in the top 1% of all Balancer bulls. 67G also ranks in the top 1% for FPI.
The next high selling bull was MSCM Olys Zuess 50G, a red Balancer bull from M5 Ag Service and South 40 Forge of Carthage, Indiana. This Balancer bull is sired by VWF Zues Z10 and records top 30% EPDs in CED, BW, WW, YW, CEM, PG30 and FPI. He was purchased by Jay Peggs of Rushville, who also purchased four open heifers to add to his herd.
Three bulls sold at $4,800. Joe Melton, DVM took MBCC Alstott 40F back to his farm at Harrison, Arkansas to join many other MBCC sires in the herd bull lineup. This 55% Balancer son of TMGC Arnold 225W ranks in the top 35% or better for WW, YW, TM and HP. His carcass numbers are outstanding with top 35% marbling, 10% CW and backfat, 5% YG and 1% ribeye. Dr. Melton retains ownership of his calves through a custom feedlot and the Alstott calves should garner grid premiums.
Paul Stahly, DVM from Marysville, Indiana, made his first purchases at our sale and took home two bulls. At $4,800 was RIED Flatbed 44G from the Brian Riedie herd at New Castle, Indiana. This Nevada 1170Y son is a calving ease sire with top 2% CED and top 1% marbling. This is Riedie’s first time joining the MBCC team and bulls like this will always be in demand.
BRCC Butkus Enterprise 71G from Blue Ridge farms sold for $4,800 to Dennis Peggs of Rushville. The 50% Balancer bull out of Sandpoint Butkus X797 is out of a 15-year-old purebred Gelbvieh cow in the Brooks herd. This curvebender has top 15% CED and top 10% WW and YW EPDs.
In the female sale, RIED 145F was the high selling lot at $3,050. This moderate framed, easy fleshing, docile bred heifer is due to calve 3/25/2020 to Balancer bull WEIM 34F Hans. This JKGF Ditka C85 daughter will make a great addition to Ben Poehlein, DVM’s herd at Shelburn, Indiana. 145F is a calving ease female and has top 15% or better EPDs in CED, BW, HP and Stayability.