Saturday, March 18, 2017
M5 Ag Services, Carthage, Indiana
Reported by: W. Mark Hilton
17 Balancer Bulls $4,444
3 SimAngus Bulls $4,433
4 Calving Ease Angus Bulls $4,675
24 Bulls $4,483
Midwest Beef Cattle Consultants along with Brooks Farms, Inc. and M5 Ag Services/Chris Muegge, hosted their 14th Annual Open House and Bull Sale on March 18. Bulls were individually priced and buyers put their number by any bulls that fit their criteria. Sale order is made with bulls with highest level of interest selling first.
Balancer bull MBCC Absolute 1D was the top selling bull at $6,500 going to new buyer, Richard Howe of Yorktown, Indiana. This KCF Absolute son out of a Mytty In Focus x Carolina Fortune dam had a CED of 17 (top 10%), YW EPD of 122 (top 15%) and a marbling EPD of .91 (top 1%).
The high gaining bull on test was MBCC Absolute 10D, a full genetic brother to “1D” as their dams are full ET sisters. 10D sold for $6,300 also to Richard Howe for use in his heifer development business. MBCC 10D has nearly identical EPDs to 1D with top 10% CED and YW with top 1% marbling EPD. Howe is collecting semen on both to extend their use in his herd.
BRKS 64D was the next high selling bull at $5,350 to repeat buyer Kevin Kremer of Delphi. 64D is a Balancer out of Connealy Comrade and a Tenderloin cow. He is also a curve bender with a CED of 19 (top 2%), YW of 116 (top 20%) and marbling of 0.85 (top 1%) that will add hybrid vigor to Kremer’s commercial herd.
Richard Howe came back to buy BRKS 61D at $5,150. This calving ease Connealy Comrade son goes back back to a Carolina Fortune-influenced cow.
Kevin Holst of Eldridge, Iowa purchased MBCC Fifth Gen 41D via phone bid at $5,100. This Absolute son represented five generations of MBCC genetics with the sixth generation cow in the pedigree coming from Kevin’s father Gary Holst back in 1993.
Two bulls sold at $4,900 with BRKS 3D, a Thomas Top Hand son out of an 0ZZ Gov Win 103R cow going to repeat buyer Louis Bobb at Seymour. A calving ease Angus composite sired by KCF Bennett Absolute out of a Balancer cow sired by ERTL 5X3 went to repeat buyer Joe Melton, DVM of Harrison, Arkansas. Three other bulls made their way to Arkansas due to Dr. Melton’s influence.
Repeat buyer Bruce Sheets of Lafayette, Indiana took home two bulls and first time buyer Brian Miller of Spiceland, Indiana also purchased two bulls for his growing herd on the advice of his herd health veterinarian.