16 Balancer Bulls $4,628
3 Angus Bulls $4,533
2 SimAngus Bulls $3,950
W. Mark Hilton, DVM of Midwest Beef Cattle Consultants, West Lafayette, Indiana and Tom Brooks and family, Brooks Farms, Inc., Wolcott, Indiana hosted their 13th annual open house and bull sale on Saturday, March 19 at Brooks Farms. Joining them in the sale was Ginger Ertel of Ertel Farms, Greentop, Missouri and Chip and Susan Unsicker and family, Unsicker Farms, Peoria, Illinois.
16 Balancer® bulls averaged $4628, 3 Angus averaged $4533 and 2 SimAngus averaged $3950. Thirteen of the 21 bulls sold to repeat customers.
Leading the sale at $6,300 was MBCC James 11C ET. This March 23, 2015 Balancer bull is sired by AAR Ten X 7008 SA and out of BWF Brandywine Saki 661S. Saki is an ET donor owned in a partnership of MBCC, Brandywine, John Burbank and Diehl Bros. MBCC 11C ET boasts an impressive EPD and $ value profile where 18/18 of his EPDs are in the top 45% of all Balancer bull EPDs. His three $ index values are all in the top 20 percent of the breed. This frame score 6.0 bull was the second high gaining bull on test with an ADG ratio of 122.2. Buyer of MBCC 11CET was Joe Jones of Pine Village, Indiana.
Second high selling bull at $6,200 was MBCC Todd 13C ET. This March 22, 2015 Balancer bull is a full ET brother to MBCC James 11C ET and boasts an identical EPD and $ index value profile to his flushmate. MBCCC Todd 13C ET sold to DJ Weimer, DVM of Knightstown, Indiana. Hilton retained 50 percent semen interest on both ET bulls.
MBCC 23C was the third high selling bull at $6,000. This March 10, 2015 Lazy TV Sam U451 sired Balancer bull is out of a Rito 6I6 of 4B20 6807 cow with Mytty In Focus, TLR Cocoa 35C and MBCC 6J on the dam side representing five generations of MBCC genetics. MBCC 23C is a calving ease bull with a 17 CED and a 107.4 ADG ratio in a 5.1 frame score package that was purchased by longtime buyer Calvin Finch of Brookville, Indiana.
The next high seller at $5,900 came from Brooks Farms, Inc. BRCC 55C was sired by EF Complement 8088 and out of a Carolina Fortune influenced dam. This calving ease bull boasts CED of 16 with a top 15 percent YW EPD of 122. Repeat buyer Joe Melton, DVM of Harrison, Arkansas took him home to use on his commercial heifers to add some hybrid vigor.
ERTL Sir Geoff C509 from Ginger Ertel sold to repeat customers David and Jill Dillman, DVM from Williamsport, Indiana for $5,700. This HA Program son out of an EXT Govenor 3N female ratioed 106.8 on ADG and had an EPD spread from CED to YW of 16 to 116 and will be used on Dillman’s Angus and Balancer influenced cows and heifers.