March 7, 2015
Auctioneers: Lynn & Seth Weishaar
Reported by: Vaughn Thorstenson
111 Balancer® Bulls: $5708
34 Angus Bulls: $5902
15 Gelbvieh Bulls: $4656
161 Bulls: $5756
A beautiful spring day greeted the good crowd on hand for the 34th annual Thorstenson Gelbvieh and Angus Annual Bull Sale at the ranch on Saturday, March 7. Bulls sold to nine states and Canada with a large number of the buyers being longtime, repeat Lazy TV Ranch customers.
Always mindful of the bottom line for the commercial cattleman, Lazy TV Ranch has been feed efficiency testing cattle using the GrowSafe feed monitoring system since 2010. More than half of the 2015 sale offering had been tested.
Lot 112 – Topping all of the sale bulls at $17,000 was Lot 112, a red fall-born Balancer bull sired by HJS Holden Top Notch 011. Gustin’s Diamond D Gelbvieh, Mandan, North Dakota, purchased Lazy TV Notch A781, the highest-gaining fall bull in the offering.
Lot 2 – Rippe Gelbvieh of Hubbell, Nebraska, had the final bid at $14,000 on Lazy TV Yogi B049, a homo black, homo polled yearling Balancer sired by Lazy TV Yogi Z545. Lot 2 posted a 112 WWR, 114 YWR and 116 ADG ratio, while sporting a 0.2 BW EPD.
Lot 11 – Lazy TV Answer B47 finds a new home in Wellington, Colorado, with Leachman Cattle Company who bid $13,000 for the homo polled, homo black yearling Balancer sired by SAV Final Answer and out of a first calf heifer. The calving-ease bull featured a -5.8 BW EPD along with a 122 WWR and 117 ADG ratio.
Lot 120 – Beastrom Ranch, Pierre, South Dakota, selected Lazy TV Tank A468, a homo black, fall-born Balancer sired by Lazy TV Tank X315 at $12,500. Lot 120 ranks in the top four percent of the Gelbvieh breed for marbling.
Lot 4 – Jerry Bush of Pierre, South Dakota, had the final bid at $11,500 on Lazy TV Cavalry B063, a black yearling Balancer, who featured IMF at 7.40 for a 157 ratio, the best ever scanned at Lazy TV Ranch. He was also above average for RFI and sired by Connealy Cavalry 1149.
Lot 12 – Lazy TV Spade B45, a homo polled, homo black yearling Balancer, sired by Lazy TV Spade W399 sold to longtime customer Neil Schnabel, Ashley, North Dakota, for $11,500.
Lot 81– Lazy TV Foreman B124, sired by SKYM Foreman 2002Z, was the high-selling red yearling Balancer purchased by Richard Jore, Watford City, North Dakota for $11,000. Lot 81 featured a -1.68 RFI along with a 115 WWR and 108 YWR. A longtime customer, Jore also purchased two other high-selling red Balancers including Lot 83 at $10,500 and lot 115 at $9500.
Lot 5 – Jerry Bush struck again as he purchased Lazy TV Gunn B114, a homo polled, homo black Balancer, for $10,500. The yearling bull is sired by BAG Mr 11W Gunn 201Y.
Lot 3 – Rod Fenske, Arlington, South Dakota, and Dustin Brendsel, Bruce, South Dakota, paired up to purchase Lazty TV Cavalry B430, a black yearling Balancer, for $10,500. Sired by Connealy Cavalry 1149, with ratio of 112 for his average daily gain.
Lot 177 – The high-selling purebred Gelbvieh bull was Lazy TV Vigilante B036, a black yearling sired by BABR Vigilante 2101Z, sold to Taubenheim Gelbvieh, Amherst, Nebraska, for $9000.