March 12, 2016
Springfield Livestock Marketing Center
Auctioneer: Jay Elfeldt
Sale Manager: Mitchell Marketing Service
Reported by: Rebecca Mettler
105 Gelbvieh and Balancer Bulls $4,891.61
J Bar M Gelbvieh, J&K Gelbvieh Farm Inc. and Hilltop Farms drew a packed house at the Springfield Livestock Marketing Center near Springfield, Missouri for their Genetic Power Gelbvieh and Balancer® Bull Sale in mid-March. Buyers from 10 states and one Canadian province capitalized on the great selection of genetics put together by the three seedstock suppliers.
Lot 109, JKGF C51 ET, owned by J&K Gelbvieh Farm Inc., was the highest selling purebred Gelbvieh bull in the sale. JKGF C51 ET is the homozygous black, homozygous polled, February 2015 son of CCRO Carolina Exclusive 1230Y that reaches the top 2 percent in the feeder profit index, the top 4 percent for yearling weight and carcass weight, the top 10 percent for weaning weight and the top 15 percent for marbling. He was sold to McMahan Cove Gelbvieh, Stevenson, Alabama, with a final bid of $29,000.
Lot 85, JKGF C512, owned by J&K Gelbvieh Farm Inc., was the highest selling Balancer bull. This homozygous black, homozygous polled, 50 percent Balancer son of Sandpoint Butkus X797 ranks in the top 1 percent for calving ease, the top 2 percent for feeder profit index and yearling weight, the top 3 percent for weaning weight and the top 25 percent for birth weight and marbling. JKGF C512 was sold to Kittle Farms, Geraldine, Alabama, for $28,000. The bull will be co-owned by Kittle Farms and Coach Mike Ditka, a member of the NFL Hall of Fame and coach of the 1985 Super Bowl Champion Chicago Bears.
Next up was Lot 45, HTFM Mr. Branded Man C503, owned by Hilltop Farms, sold for $12,500 to Todd Frankenfield, Adrian, Missouri. Branded Man is the homozygous polled, 63 percent Balancer son of BABR Branded Man 3400A and ranks in the top 15 percent for calving ease direct and weaning weight.