February 15, 2018
Mandan, North Dakota
Auctioneer: Jay Elfeldt
76.5 Bulls $4,662
20 Bred Heifers $2,295
There was a nice crowd on hand on February 15, a cold, snowy day, to bid and buy at the Gustin’s Diamond D Gelbvieh Annual Production Sale. The sale was consistent throughout and especially strong on the red purebreds and Balancers.
High selling bull for the day was Lot 56, CMR Protégé 121E ET. A son of the DDGR Nobleman sire and the DDGR Mandy 32S cow, he was a deep bodied, square hipped, red purebred bull that posted a yearling weight of 1452 and a gain ratio of 121. Lazy TV Ranch, Selby, South Dakota, and Rippe Gelbvieh of Hubbell, Nebraska, paid $13,000 for ½ possession and ½ semen interest in this herd sire prospect.
Lost River Livestock, Clearbrook, Minnesota, paid $15,500 to own Lot 28, DDGR Coach 57E. He was a BNC At Ease A357 son that has a calving ease EPD in the top 10 percent and every other EPD in the top 35 percent of the breed. This red, homozygous polled, purebred had a 40.7 yearling scrotal measurement, 78-pound birthweight and yearling weight of 1338.
Handel Farms, of Menno, South Dakota, purchased Lot 33, DDGR Emulation 71E, a black, purebred son of DDGR Innovation 120C and a KKC Nobility daughter, at $10,000. A soft made, moderate framed bull with plenty of muscle, the Emulation bull had a 72-pound birthweight and a 1377-pound yearling weight.
Brentt and Todd Eslinger of Elgin, North Dakota, customers for over 20 years, took home three bulls, including Lot 37, DDGR Confidence 80E, for $8,000. A red Balancer, he was another BNC At Ease A357 son, and combines a CED EPD of 12 with a weaning ratio of 108 and a yearling ratio of 109.
Lot 38, DDGR 84E, a homo black, homo polled, purebred son of DDGR Kingpin 159C sold to Ceroll Gelbvieh, Sisseton, South Dakota, for $7,500. This wide topped, deep bodied prospect weaned off of his 3-year-old dam at 785 pounds without creep and was a standout all summer.
Another bull going at $7,500 was Lot 80, DDGR Integrity 203E. This stout, homo black, Balancer son of the CKS Mr Dream C11 sire, was one of the youngest bulls in the sale and posted a weaning weight of 825 and the highest yearling weight in the sale at 1516. He sold to John Reiter of Ellsworth, Minnesota.
High selling female honors went to Lot 95, DDGR Belle 141D, a purebred red female that sold to Jordan Jensen of Powers Lake, ND. She sold for $3,000, was sired by the RHGF 11Z bull, and safe to the Schuler Rebel Red Angus sire.