May 12, 2018
Northeast Alabama Agri-Business Center
Auctioneer: Clint McElmoyl
Reported by: Dustin Kittle
20 Gelbvieh and Balancer Bulls $5,855
5 Heifer Picks / Embryo Lots $12,080
On May 12, Kittle Farms had more than 400 guests in attendance at the “Building a Legacy” Bull Sale in Rainsville, Alabama. Bulls sold to nine states, including Alabama, Tennessee, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Kentucky, Nebraska, and Kansas, with an embryo flush and heifer pick lot sold to Saskatchewan, Canada.
The high selling bull in the sale was lot 2, KTGF Legend E002, who sold to Joshua and Tonya French with French Farms, Big Clifty, Kentucky, for $21,000. Legend is a homozygous black, homozygous polled purebred Gelbvieh Carolina Leverage son who is now the highest selling bull in the history of the Kittle Farms’ program.
Other top selling purebred Gelbvieh bulls in the sale also included: Lot 1, KTGF Legacy E5 to Kyle Lane and Riverside Farms, Monterey, Tennessee, for $13,500, with Cricket Mason and Do Little Farms in Quebeck, Tennessee acquiring a future possession interest on KTGF Legacy E5; Lot 4, KTGF Iron Gate E91 to Joey Rowe, Vale, North Carolina, for $10,500; Lot 9, KTGF Solid Steel E093 to Wheeler & Son Cattle Co., Holton, Kansas, for $7,500; Lot 19, KTGF Remington E243 to Fricks Farms, Fyffe, Alabama, for $7,000; and Lot 7, KTGF Black Smoke E091 to Southeast Community College, Beatrice, Nebraska, for $5,900.
Kittle Farms sold pick of the 2018 spring heifer calves off of its herd sires, including JKGF Chief Justice C205, JKGF Final Frontier C95, and JKGF Ditka C85. The Chief Justice selection was the high selling pick and sold for $15,000 to Trevor Burks and Twisted T Gelbvieh, Saskatchewan, Canada. The Final Frontier selection sold for $8,000 to French Farms, Big Clifty, Kentucky, and the Ditka selection sold for $5,900 to J.T. LeRoy and McMahan Cove Gelbvieh, Stevenson, Alabama.
Perhaps, the most competitive bidding on the day came in the sale’s final two lots. With Lot 24, French Farms, Big Clifty, Kentucky purchased four embryos from Kittle Farms’ renowned donor female, KCF Miss Fortune U490, and Ditka C85. The embryos sold for a record $10,000 ($2,500 per embryo). In lot 25, Twisted T Gelbvieh, Saskatchewan, Canada, purchased the right to an embryo flush on the dam of any bull in the sale for $20,000. Trevor Burks with Twisted T Gelbvieh, who attended the sale, announced that he intends to flush the dam of JKGF Ditka C85.
The “Building a Legacy” sale was dedicated to Johnny Kittle. With that in mind, Kittle Farms is thankful to all those who helped to make this Sale a success.