February 14, 2017
Des Moines, Iowa
Held in Conjunction with the Iowa Beef Expo
Auctioneer: Phil Schooley
Sale Manager: Mitchell Marketing Service
Reported by: Rebecca Mettler
13 Gelbvieh and Balancer® Bulls $3,761
26 Gelbvieh and Balancer® Females $2,601
1 Embryo Package $7,500
The Gelbvieh Breeders of Iowa group put together a solid set of Gelbvieh and Balancer® genetics to be showcased at the 44th Annual Gelbvieh Gold Sale, which was held during the Iowa Beef Expo in Des Moines, Iowa.
Lot 43, VRT 6117D ET, consigned by Blackhawk Cattle Company and Lazy TV Ranch, was the high selling bull of the sale. 6117D ET is a 94 percent purebred Gelbvieh bull and is a full brother to Lazy TV Sam U451 who is one of the top AI sires in the breed. His genomic-enhanced EPDs boast seven EPDs in the top 5 percent of the Gelbvieh breed. Bar Arrow Cattle Company, Phillipsburg, Kansas, recognized this unique opportunity and purchased 6117D ET for $8,400.
Lot 31, FMH 2020 Mr At Ease 510C, consigned by FMH Gelbviehs, was the second high selling bull. This 75 percent Gelbvieh bull possesses eight EPDs in the top 5 percent of the breed, including the top 1 percent for calving ease direct and top 2 percent for weaning and yearling weights. Lon Carlson, Magrath, Alberta, Canada purchased the bull for $6,000.
Lot 41, HRNK Mr Trina’s Thunder 9D, consigned by Herink Gelbvieh, rounded out the top three high selling bulls. He’s a Balancer son of CCRO Carolina Thunder 2266Z. He’s a high growth bull that ranks in the top 1 and 2 percent for weaning weight and yearling weight, respectively. Lane Terry of Philipsburg, Kansas, took this bull home for $5,750.
On the female side, a rare opportunity to purchase JEMG Lee Ann 650U embryos was featured as lot 1 in this year’s sale. J-Bar M Gelbvieh consigned the flush lot that was purchased for $7,500 by Blackhawk Cattle Company, Oregon, Illinois. Lee Ann could be considered one of the top red donor dams in the breed and has two sons who are recognizable AI sires, JEMG Steakhouse and JEMG Silver Dollar.
Lot 20, KCCG Blackbird 21D, consigned by Kirkwood Community College, was the high selling female. Blackbird 21D is a 75 percent Gelbvieh female described as a moderate, functional cow with EPDs for calving ease direct and weaning weight in the top 10 percent of the breed. Adelyn Sienknecht, Gladbrook, Iowa, purchased the female for $4,500.
Lot 17, HRNK Ms Cyclone 7B 604D, consigned by Herink Gelbvieh, was the second high selling female of the day. This January 2016 born, 75 percent Gelbvieh female has the potential to become a show prospect and later a productive brood cow. Cade Cameron, Danville, Iowa purchased the female for $3,800.