2023 Midwest Beef Cattle Consultants 20th Annual Spring Bull and Female Sale Report

Reported by: Dr. W. Mark Hilton, DVM, PAS, BABVP

The Midwest Beef Cattle Consultants team held their 20th annual spring bull and female sale on Saturday, March 11, at Muegee Family Farms in Carthage, Indiana.

The 26 Balancer® and Gelbvieh, six Simmental hybrid, and three Angus bulls averaged $4,994, while the 14 registered and commercial Balancer females sold for an average of $2,406. Animals sold to producers in Indiana, Michigan, Arkansas, North Carolina and Ohio.

The high-selling bull was MSCM Tahoe 118E 52K from M5 Ag Services at $10,800 for full possession and 50% semen interest. The homozygous black, homozygous polled, 50% Balancer bull is the only bull in the AGA database to be in the top 45% or better of every EPD and $value. The buyer was a repeat customer of VF Farms, LLC – Grant and Heather VonDielingen & Toney and Jeanna Eppley, Brownstown, Indiana. VF Farms owns a commercial herd and a meat packing business in Southern Indiana.

RIED Captain 42K was the second high-selling bull at $6,900 and went to longtime customer Chris Temple, St. Croix, Indiana. This Mr BHSF Prophet B006 son is out of the foundation cow, MBCC Meadow Springs 45U at Riedie Cattle. He is top 10% WW, 4% YW and 10% marbling.

Two DCH Hille Stock Options D409 sons were the next high sellers. At $6,700 was MUEG 18G8 Stock Option, a 71% Gelbvieh owned by Muegee Family Farms. This bull is top 35% or better for CED, BW, WW, YW, Milk, TM, HP, PG30, stayability and docility. The bull went to first-time buyer, K&K Farms, Kevin & Kenyon Hostetler, Green Forest, Arkansas.

At $6.600 was BRCC Olympus 2K from Blue Ridge Farms, Tom & Janice Brooks. Long-time buyer, Austin Pratt, Harrison, Arkansas, was the buyer of this bull with top 10% or better WW, YW, TM, HP, PG30, docility, SC, CW, ribeye and marbling.

Also at $6,600 was SimAngus bull, MBCC LWO Fireball 83K from MBCC, West Lafayette, Indiana, and Lubben White Oak Farms, Monticello, Iowa. This 75% Angus, 25% Simmental bull was the highest WW, YW, ribeye and marbling bull in the Simmental composite offering. He also went to K&K Farms in Arkansas.

At $6,500 was MBCC Weightlifter 31K, a son of MBCC No Risk 8F out of a Chief Justice cow. This calving ease bull is typical of the “8F” sons with his top 20% YW, 15% CEM, 1% docility and 1% marbling. The buyer was a repeat buyer, Jim Lankford, Mooresville, Indiana.

The volume buyer in the bull sale was first-time buyer David Ebinger, Holton, Indiana, with four head.

In the female sale, MSCM M5 Dunns TJ, a red Gelbvieh hybrid female sired by SKF Dunns Heatwave 07B with a red heifer calf sired by Triple K Husker G413 at side from M5 Ag sold for $4,500 to Pat Mohr, Greenfield, Indiana.

At $3,600 was a bred heifer from Riedie. RIED Big Springs 10J sold to Barber Livestock, Elwood, Indiana. This Civil War granddaughter is out of the same dam as the RIED Caption 42K bull.

In the open heifer sale, prices ranged from $1,850 – $2,350, with Dr. Oberlin McDaniel selecting siz head to add to her herd in Enfield, North Carolina, and Jim Lankford and Dr. David Walton, Rising Sun, Indiana, each selecting two heifers.