Lau Angus Bull Sale—Breeding Angus Cattle for 48 Years
April 4, 2016
Date: Mar. 24, 2016
Location: At the farm, northeast of Armour, South Dakota
Auctioneer: Seth Weishaar
Reported by: Dan Piroutek
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35 Angus Bulls ave. $4,586
3 Sim-Angus Bulls ave. $3,250
Mud and water running through the yard brought spring excitement to the air as a good crowd of folks gathered out at the Lau Ranch for their annual sale. A fairly tough spring snowstorm was just the day before, but the sun was shining and the snow melting. The Lau families—Joel and Carolyn, and Jeff and Brenda, and their families which now include some new daughters-in-law, made folks comfortable to view and bid on these good bulls.
This was simply an outstanding set of bulls, with very up-to-date pedigrees from some of the best cattle in the Angus breed. The top end of these bulls included some of the heaviest bulls we've seen this spring.
The cattle are bred around the goals of calving ease, performance, soundness, and breed leading carcass traits. Half of the bulls could be used on heifers, but still had the performance desired to work later in the herd.
I would have to tell you that the bulls in this sale were good enough for a second look!
Top selling bull of the day was Lot 19, a bull that drew a lot of attention from both purebred and commercial customers. Lau Tour of Duty JC 235 was a son of RB Tour of Duty 177, going back to Werner War Party, and out of a daughter of Connealy Right Answer 746 who had ratioed 111 on three calves. He sold for $24,000 to Minert/Simonson Angus from Dunning, Nebraska, and had EPDs of CED 11, BW 1.1, WW 62, YW 111, SC 1.19, MILK 29, and RE 0.67. Born at 83 pounds, he weaned at 735 pounds, and posted a yearling weight of 1449 pounds. He had an IMF of 4.65%, an 18 square inch rib eye, and a 41 cm. scrotal measurement.
Repeat buyer Jim Guenther from Stickney, South Dakota, bought Lot 30 at $5,500. This heifer bull prospect was sired by Sitz Sensation 693A, and was out of a daughter of LaGrand Final Answer 9295. He was a true calving ease bull with a 60 pound birth weight and EPDs of CED 20, BW -4.7, WW 62, YW 116, SC 1.44, MILK 22, MARB 0.69, RE 0.71, and $B 147.42. His IMF was 5.21%.
Lot 53 sold for $5,500 to Leon Reiner from Tripp, South Dakota. He was sired by SAV Radiance 0801, and was out of a daughter of Kesslers Frontman R001. With a 72 pound birth weight, he weaned at 742 pounds and reached 1374 pounds as a yearling. His EPDs were CED 12, BW -0.9, WW 58, YW 103, and MILK 29. He had an IMF of 5.24% to ratio 118.
Kent Johring from O'Neill, Nebraska, chose Lot 14 at $5,000. Here was a son of Basin Payweight 1682 who was out of a first calf heifer sired by Mogck Bullseye. Born at 65 pounds, he weaned at 699 pounds, and reached a yearling weight of 1345 pounds. His EPDs were all top numbers with CED 9, BW -0.3, WW 63, YW 115, MILK 24, MARB 1.05, RE 0.56 and $B 163.88. He had an IMF of 5.99% to ratio 120, and a 15.1 square inch rib eye.
Mike Gehring from Delmont, South Dakota, with a final bid of $4,750, was the winning bidder for Lot 3. He was a stout-made son of RB Active Duty and out of a Sitz Upward daughter. He hit the ground at only 69 pounds, weaned at 801 pounds, and posted a yearling weight of 1475 pounds to ratio 111. His EPDs were CED 9, BW 1.3, WW 68, YW 126, and MILK 28. He had a 14.6 square inch rib eye.
The ladies from the Zion Lutheran Church in Delmont, South Dakota, served a terrific lunch which included a special kind of chili that was just delicious, along with all kinds of pie for dessert. They were raising funds for their new church building, as the old one was destroyed in the tornado of 2014.