Kingsville Livestock Auction
Auctioneer: Jeremy Anstine
Reported by: John Burbank
1 Pick of Herd $4,000
1 Flush $3,600
4 Spring Pairs $3,388
21 Spring Breds $2,082
15 Fall Pairs/Breds $2,242
23 Open Heifers $1,727
65 Total Lots $2,127
Even in the midst of one of the worst droughts on record, the Seedstock Plus Showcase and Customer Appreciation Sale was a solid event. The quality was deep in the offering, with spring and fall pairs and breds selling on par year over year. Open heifers posted over a $300 per head higher average compared to last year’s sale. The 65 female lots sold to 27 buyers in nine states. Prior to the sale start, a complimentary beef brisket meal, catered by the Rib Crib restaurant was enjoyed by all in attendance.
The sale kicked off with the ‘Pick of the Herd’ opportunity consigned by Sandy Knoll Farms. The pick out of over 135 head of bred heifers sold for $4,000 and the buyer was CJSD Gelbvieh. The Diehl family in Bradford, Ohio continued to add select females to their top notch program and understood the value in the 30 year breeding program of Sandy Knoll Farms.
The second lot to sell was the ‘Flush’ opportunity consigned by Matt Burbank. This flush out of one of the top red purebred Gelbvieh females in the breed has added genetic value as DMF 2026J is homo polled and earned her Dam of Distinction status. The flush sold for $3,600 and the buyer Sandy Knoll Farms is guaranteed eight embryos mated to the bull of their choice.
Other top lots include two spring bred pairs selling for $3,800 each. Lot 5 and 5A consigned by Stuecken Brothers was purchased by VanWinkle Farms, Mo. This homo black, homo polled spring bred Balancer®was sporting a SB Revis Rock 205W heifer calf at side and was bred back the same way. The other lot was 8 and 8A. This red spring bred purebred pair was consigned by Sanders Gelbvieh Farm. The moderate frame, good uddered cow was purchased by Kenneth Mast, Mo., and the very eye appealing calf went to new customer Brett Marshall, W. Va.
The top spring bred heifer was sold by Wannabe Stock Farm. This red purebred Gelbvieh female sold bred to the exciting red Gelbvieh bull Winthop. Brett Marshall purchased this female for $3,500 to kick start his breeding program.
The top fall bred female was Lot 48 consigned by Mulroy Farms. This homo black Balancer Mr. Krugerrand daughter has an Igenity score of 9 for tenderness. Brandywine Farms, Minn., was the buyer of this female at $3,400.
In the open heifer division, top heifer was sold by J&R Cattle Co. VanWinkle Farms was the buyer of this homo black, homo polled Carolina Fortune Balancer with exceptional EPDs for $2,325.
Right behind was Lot 58 coming from Mulroy Farms with a homo black purebred Gelbvieh also with exceptional EPDs that sold for $2,300 and went to Nebraska breeder Sean McClatchey.