Saturday, March 7, 2020
At the Ranch
Selby, South Dakota
Auctioneers: Seth Weishaar, Lynn Weishaar
Reported by Vaughn Thorstenson
113 Balancer® and Gelbvieh Yearling Bulls $4,183
43 Yearling Angus Bulls $4,005
Total: 156 Yearling Bulls $4,130
A beautiful spring day and a stout set of yearling Balancer and Angus bulls welcomed a large crowd for the Thorstenson’s Lazy TV Ranch Annual Production Sale Saturday, March 7, at the ranch west of Selby, South Dakota. Cattle sold into nine states.
Drawing lots of attention and a final bid from longtime customer Rau Farm Ranch of Selby, South Dakota, was sale topper Lot 142 at $18,000. A yearling Angus sired by Musgrave 316 Stunner, he posted a -5.22 RFI along with performance EPDs in the top 1% of the Angus breed. He also had a 14.6 adj. REA to index 111 and a 4.48 IMF to ratio 110.
Another Angus, Lot 148, commanded a bid of $12,500 from JK Angus at Montrose, South Dakota. Sired by KCF Bennett Boulder he gained 4. lbs. per day for an adj. YW of 1347. He also scanned an impressive 6.85 adj. IMF to index 168.
Lot 93, a red Balancer topped the Balancer offering with an $11,000 bid from Hicks Ranch, Martin, South Dakota. Sired by KHR Taylor Made, he combined calving-ease and performance numbers.
Lot 4 topped the black Balancer offering with a final bid of $10,500 from John Haefner of Mound City, South Dakota. Another Boulder son, he checked a lot of boxes with nearly every economically relevant EPD in the top 20% of the breed. He also scanned an adj. IMF at 4.8 for a ratio of 149.
Another longtime customer, Larry Thompson of Glenham, South Dakota, made the final bid on Lot 151, Angus, at $10,000. Sired by Schiefelbein Eclipse 927, Lot 151 was the top-ranking Angus bull in the feed-efficiency test with an RFI of -9.72 and also posted an adj. YW of 1311 pounds.
Also selling at $10,00 was Lot 46, a black Balancer out of Musgrave 316 Stunner, chosen by Plateau Gelbvieh of Peetz, Colorado. Lot 46 combines performance EPDs in the top 5% of the breed along with feed efficiency in the top 25% of the test group.