R & D Angus 12th Annual Bull Sale
April 13, 2011
R & D Angus is owned by Robb and Dana Cook. The sale this year had to be postponed from Monday to Thursday because of the snow in the area over the weekend. With the date change, the crowd was a bit smaller than previous years.
This was a very good set of bulls that were not overly pushed, but were still very strong in their genetic makeup.
The R & D cowherd is very strong in Stevenson genetics, and they are bred to thrive in the Sandhills environment. Robb Cook sets his breeding program around producing better females.
The calving ease bulls brought good demand, and also the top performance bulls stood out as bidders made their selections. The R & D bulls are bred to have a lot of rib and natural thickness, and are raised in a practical manner for the commercial cattleman.
Top-selling bull of the day was Lot 6, selling for $4,000 to repeat buyer, Arabia Ranch, from Wood Lake, NE. This son of SAV 004 Density 4336 was out of a daughter of Basin Expedition who had ratioed 106 on three calves. His EPDs were BW +1.7, WW +50, Milk +27 and YW +91. He had a birth weight of 78 lbs., a weaning weight of 698 lbs., and a yearling weight of 1,239 lbs. He scanned a 13.7 square inch ribeye to go with a 39.5-cm scrotal measurement.
The Lot 1 bull, a son of Stevenson Moneymaker R185, sold for $3,800 to Steve Beck from Canton, SD. The mother of Lot 1 ratioed 107 on seven calves, and was a daughter of Summitcrest Prime Cut 1G42. This was a thick-made, deep-sided bull with EPDs of BW +3.2, WW +47, Milk +26 and YW +84. Born at 89 lbs., he weaned at 706 lbs. before reaching a yearling weight of 1,258 lbs.
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Pat VanderMay from Longvalley, SD, bought Lot 3 at $3,800. Another son of Stevenson Moneymaker R185, he was out of a daughter of Stevenson Royce 741C. With an 83-lb. birth weight, he weaned at 678 lbs., and then grew rapidly to a yearling weight of 1,368 lbs. His scrotal measurement was 41.5 cm.
The gavel fell at $3,300 with Lot 2 finding a new home at the Jerry Fischer ranch near Rushville, NE. This bull was sired by Moneymaker and was out of a daughter of Three Trees Rock On 0059. His EPDs were BW +4.2, WW +51, Milk +25 and YW +100. He had a birth weight of 85 lbs., a weaning weight of 688 lbs., and a yearling weight of 1,286 lbs. to go with a scrotal of 41 cm.
Aaron Galloway from Cody, NE, selected Lot 12 at $3,200. He was a son of Basin Rainmaker P175 out of a dam by Basin Max 602C. This bull was a three-star calving ease bull with a 70-lb. birth weight and EPDs of BW -0.7, WW +45, Milk +27 and YW +78.