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2018 Myers Performance Horse Prospect Sale

Date: August 25, 2018

Location: Seven Down Arenas, Spearfish, South Dakota

Report and Photography by: Larry Larson

Averages:

• All horses (31 Head): $35,298

• 2-year-olds (18 Head): $46,444

Frenchman's Guy offspring:

• Overall Average: (11 Head): $51,182

• 2-Year old mares (9 Head): $54,444

• 2-Year old geldings (2 Head): $36,500

In the equine industry we know 'Legends' – the yet vibrant 31-Year-Old Frenchmans Guy is one of them. We also understand the importance of a 'Reputation' in our industry – Bill and Debbie Myers have earned theirs and they are recognized for that. All aligned for yet another successful Myers Performance Horse Prospect Sale on August 25th – the last large consignment of Frenchmans Guy and A Smooth Guy progeny being offered at public auction.

Myers Performance Horses – Bill and Debbie Myers and sons Chad, Billy, Brandon and Brady – presented an event for the record books returning home to the Black Hills of South Dakota for their 2018 sale. Held at Travis and Amy Lantis' Seven Down Arenas East of Spearfish, South Dakota, the facility was filled to capacity for the preview and sale with knowledgeable horsemen from across the Nation and Canada drawn to one of the Nation's most powerful sale offerings this year.

Myers simply summarized their sale with, "The great thing we are finding out…our horses are going to such good homes and we are so thankful for that."

Travis and Amy Lantis, Sitnal Livestock, donated the proceeds ($4,000) of a colt they consigned, SL DA VINCI, 2018 Chestnut Stallion, to the Black Hills State University Rodeo Team.

High Sellers:

Sale Price/Horse/Age/Color/Sex/Sire/Dam/Grandsire/Consignor/Buyer/State

$104,000 – BETER WATCHTHIS GUYZ, 2016 Buckskin Mare (Frenchmans Guy x Serious Spender SI 92, Bills Ryon SI 113) Myers Performance Horses – Platts, Arizona

$99,000 – GUYZ GIRLZ HAVE FAME, 2016 Palomino Mare (Frenchmans Guy x Fames Licorice Kiss, Dash Ta Fame SI 113) Myers Performance Horses – Platts, Arizona

$98,000 – SMOOTH N FUZZY, 2016 Sorrel Mare (A Smooth Guy x FC Peachfuzz Ta Fame,

Dash Ta Fame SI 113) Myers Performance Horses – Nellesson – Utah

$62,000 – COLOUR HER SMOOTH, 2016 Palomino Mare (A SmoothGuy x Dash Of Hot Colours SI 96, Dashing Val SI 108) Myers Performance Horses – Hill, Texas

$60,000 – SHEZA VISION GUYZ, 2016 Buckskin Mare (Frenchmans Guy x Moon Visions, SI 89, Visionarian SI 94) Myers Performance Horses – Howes, Canada

Oakwater Ranch/Rocking Arrow Charolais 35th Annual Bull Sale

TSLN Rep: Scott Dirk, Matt Wznick

Date of Sale: April 10, 2018

Location: Valentine Livestock, Valentine, NE

Auctioneer: Jim Birdwell

Averages

87 Yearling Charolais bulls avg. $3,595

With over 60 years of combined experience in the Charolais industry, the Oakwater Ranch/ Rocking Arrow once again put together a stout, uniform, eye-appealing set of yearling bulls to offer to the buyers in the seats of Valentine Livestock Valentine, NE. These bulls have several generations of calving ease bred in, but are also packed with red meat and performance. Congratulations to everyone on a successful sale!

Top selling bulls include:

Lot 11 at $13,000, OW MAX FORCE 7019 PLD, DOB 1-11-17, REG# M888173, OW MAX FORCE 3044 PLD x OW MISS COLOSSUS X 107 PLD, sold to Jay Bricker, Preston, MO.

Lot 29 at $8,000, OW MAXIMIZER 2077-7133, DOB 2-11-17, REG# M891009, OW MAXIMIZER S013-2077 PLD x OW MISS MAXIMIZER 4007 PLD, sold to Paul Stanczylt, Fullerton, NE

Lot 90 at $7,500, OW NETWORK 7151, DOB 2-16-17, REG# M891021, OW NETWORK X120 PLD x OW MISS DIVIDEND 3123, sold to Kevin Koenig, Ewing, NE.

Lot 51 at $7,000, OW DESIGN 5035-7256 PLD, DOB 3-8-17, REG# M891262, OW DESIGN 5035 PLD x OW MISS FLASH Y115 PLD, sold to Paul Stanczylt, Fullerton, NE.

Lot 41 at $6,250, OW DESIGN S519-7029 PLD, DOB 1-12-17, REG# M888320, OW DESIGN S519 x OW MISS MAXIMIZER S013-x170PL sold to Darcy Leistrintz, Antioch, NE.

Bakers LeMar Angus Spring Performance Sale Report

TSLN Reps:Scott Dirk, Matt Wznick

Date of Sale: April 9, 2018

Location: St. Onge Livestock, St. Onge, SD

Auctioneer: Joe Goggins

Averages

57 Yearling Angus bulls avg. $3,405

36 Yearling registered open heifers avg. $1,297

26 Yearling commercial open heifers avg. $1,241

Mike and Sandy Baker are carrying on the Bakers LeMar Angus tradition of raising Angus bulls that will fit into most any operation, be it commercial or purebred. This sale was the first offering of some new genetics that sold to a nice crowd of new and repeat buyers.

The high selling bull on the day was lot 1, Lemar Bankroll 7026, a 2/17 son of AAR Bankroll 5016 that had a 71 lb. birthweight, 820 lb. weaning wt. and 1411 lb. yearling wt. The bull ratioed 122 at weaning and 113 for yearling with epds of CED 10, BW .1 WW 75 YW 135 Milk 29. Dartt Angus, Wall, SD was the buyer at $9,000.

Lot 5, Lemar Bankroll 7021, a 2/17 son of AAR Bankroll with epds of CED 11 BW -.9 WW 61 YW 113 Milk 28, weaning ratio of 108, yearling ratio of 106 sold to Grubbing Hoe Ranch, Buffalo, SD for $6,250.

Lot 6, Lemar Bankroll 7030, a 2/14 son of Bankroll, epds of CED 9 BW -.1 WW 67 YW 119, weaning ratio of 107, yearling ratio of 106 sold to Paul Johnson, Rapid City, SD for $6,250.

Lot 33, Lemar Intent 7074, a 2/17 son of SAV Intent 5590 with epds of CED 2 BW 2.7 WW 64 YW 110 Milk 25 sold to Wes Tlustos, Oelrichs, SD at $5,750.

Selling at $5,250 was lot 28, Lemar Intent 7037, a 2/17 son of SAV Intend that has weaning ratio of 111 and yearling ratio of 109, 205 day wt. of 810 lb., yearling wt. of 1364 lb. CG Ranch, Gordon, NE was the buyer.

Roster Charolais Bull Sale

TSLN Reps: Dennis Ginkens, Matt Wznick

Date of Sale: April 6, 2018

Location: at the Roster Feedlot, Spencer,SD

Auctioneer: Seth Weishaar

Averages

94 Bulls at $3,572

Lot 8 at $6,750 MR SANFORD 7024 DOB 2-6-2017, WCR SAFORD 434 X MR MISS IRIS 5008 sold to Julie Greenway, MT Vernon, SD.

Lot 1 at $6,500 Mr Sanford 7027 DOB 2-9-2017, Mr Sanford 434 x Ms Warrior 0219 sold to Steve Van Gorp, Stickney, SD.

Lot 2 at $6,500 MR HELIOS 4071 Dob 2-15-2017, Mr Helios 1118 x Mr Ms Pro assert 1101 sold to S & S Cattle Company, Herrick,SD.

Lot 35 at $6,250 MR STATESMAN 7221 Dob 3-25-2017 EC Statesmann 5043 x Mr Ms Edge 2053 sold to Jones and Klump family Farms, Mt Vernon, SD.

Kukuchka’s Bar 69 Angus 30th Annual Production Sale

TSLN Rep: Scott Dirk, Matt Wznick

Date of Sale: April 5, 2018

Location: Belle Fourche Livestock Belle Fourche, South Dakota

Auctioneer: Lynn Weishaar

Averages

53 bulls averaged $4,358

50 head of open commercial heifers averaged $1,402

Lot 7182 at $8,750, BAR 69 FINAL STATEMENT 7182, DOB 3-18-17, Sitz Final Statement x Elsiemere Deb 409, sold to Steven Brewer, Marmarth, North Dakota.

Lot 7160 at $7,750, BAR 69 PAYWEIGHT 7160, DOB 3-15-17, Basin Payweight 1682 x Rosemary Deb 709, sold to Dean Cape, Hot Springs, South Dakota.

Lot 7116 at $7,750, BAR 69 PAYWEIGHT 7116, DOB 3-13-17, Basin Payweight 1682 x Elsiemere Deb 180, sold to Dave Jennings, Oelrichs, South Dakota.

Lot 7129 at $7,500, BAR 69 UPWARD 7129, DOB 3-7-17, Sitz Upward 307R x Rosemary Deb 162, sold to Kyle and Shelly West, Oshoto, Wyoming

Lot 7101 at $7,500, BAR 69 POWERBALL 7101, DOB 2-3-17, Raven Powerball 53 x Elsiemere Deb 592, sold Eric Arneson, Meadow, South Dakota

April 5 found a great set of bulls featuring length, thickness, and natural fleshing ability offered for sale to the buyers in the seats of Belle Fourche Livestock, Belle Fourche, South Dakota. As always, the Bar 69 Ranch focuses on disposition when selecting cattle, and growing the bulls in a way to remain useful for many years of service. Congratulations on a successful sale!

Schelske Angus

TSLN Rep: Chris Effling

Date of Sale: April 4, 2018

Location: Magness Livestock Market Huron, S.D.

Auctioneer: Seth Weishaar

Averages

90 Angus Bulls averaged $2,860

93 Females averaged $1,363

Lot 15 at $6,000 SCHELSKES RIB EYE 7009M Dob 2-1-2017 Reg 19073168 SAV Seedstock 4838 x Schelskes Ms Katinka 1049M sold to Edgar Brothers Rockham,SD.

Lot 59 at $5,000 SCHELSKEA POKERFACE 735 Dob 2-13-2017 Reg 19073042 Greene Pokerface 1304 x BC II Cami 211 sold to Kevin Hulm Mobridge, SD.

Lot 1 at $4,750 SCHELSKES WHITLOCK 742A Dob 2-23-2017 Reg 19046592 S Whitlock 179 x Schelskes Rite Answer 2311A sold to Bernie Erickson Castina,IA.

Lot 61 at $4,750 SCELSKES CONVERSATION 7900 Dob 3-13-2017 Reg 19040077 SAC Conversation x Schelskes Ms Laura 3809 sold to Mike Fishbach Mansfield,SD.

Lot 6 at $4,500 SCHELSKES PAYWEIGHT 7080M Dob 3-13-2017 Reg 19068996 Basin Payweight 1682 x Schelskes Miss Hanna 2003M sold to Rod Kretchmer Cavour,SD.

Wilson Ranch 8th Annual Bull Sale

TSLN Rep: Scott Dirk

Date of Sale: March 30, 2018

Location: St. Onge Livestock, St. Onge, SD

Auctioneer: Seth Weishaar

Averages

37 yearling SimAngus bulls avg. $4,939

Wayne and Susan Wilson, along with son Kellen, brought a very nice set of SimAngus bulls to town for their 8th annual production sale. There was a very nice crowd of new and repeat buyers on hand to give the Wilsons an excellent sale.

The high selling bull on the day was lot 4, Wilson MR 654E, a 3/17 son of MR TR Hammer 308A that had a 205 day wt. of 754 lb. and epds of CED 8.1 WW 0.7 WW 70.4 YW 119.9 MM 17. Robert Roush, Gillette, WY was the buyer at $8,750.

Roush also got two bulls at $7,500 each. Lot 3, Wilson MR 213E, also a 3/17 son of MR TR Hammer with epds of CED 8.0 BW 0.3 WW 73.1 YW 123.5 MM 21.1. Lot 36, Wilson MR 912E, is a 3/17 son of MR CCF Vision with epds of CED 11.2 BW 1.2 WW 66.0 YW 101.4 MM 21.7.

Lot 5, Wilson MR 654E, a 3/17 son of MR TR Hammer sold to Clanton Ranch, Buffalo, SD for $6,750.

Two bulls sold at $6,500 each. Lot 26, Wilson MR 739E, a 4/17 son of Pioneer 502C sold to Gary Heinert, Parmalee, SD. Lot 35, a 3/17 son of MR CCF Vision sold to Lenord & Carolyn Hook, Alva, WY

Lee Pitts: Making The Change

It's come to my attention that lately there's been an influx of dairymen into the cattle business due to low milk prices. For many, making "The Change" has brought great joy because some dairymen felt there always was a cowboy or cowgirl hiding inside a dairyman's body. But for others, making "The Change" has been more difficult because it involves a complete makeover in the way they look, talk and walk. In some extremely difficult cases it may even involve hormone therapy or a shrink. This essay will serve as a cowboy's guide on how to make "The Change" without all the publicity that Bruce Jenner, or whatever his name is, created.

The first step to becoming a cattleman is an operation to amputate an appendage you will no longer need. Your ATV should be surgically removed from your butt and in its place a horse should be attached. This can be a difficult transition but remember, a horse is like a Holstein: it eats, sleeps, and will come when you rattle a bucket. Once you are attached to your horse remember, never get off. Other heavy equipment should also be removed from your former life including the skid loader, hay baler and feed truck. These have no place on a cattle ranch.

The biggest change will occur in your appearance. First, lose the footwear. Trade in your knee-high rubber boots for a good pair of sturdy cowboy boots. Toss the ball cap you got from the semen salesman and replace it with a cowboy hat. You should wear a long sleeve shirt that is tucked into your jeans at all times and no tee-shirts with stupid udder jokes on them.

Just as Bruce did when he made "The Change", you'll need a new name. Most dairymen actually go by the name on their birth certificate but we don't do that. Get yourself a nickname like Bowlegs, Buster, Wishbone, Gloomy, Leatherlip, Post Hole, Slim (must weigh at least 285), Horse Face, Bean Belly, Tex, Thunder Butt or One Thumb. You do know how to rope don't you?

In making "The Change" you simply must change the group of folks you have coffee with in the morning. Oh, I forgot, you've probably never gathered with your buddies at the cafe two hours before sunup because you were always busy yanking on udders. Say goodbye to the AI technician and the Farm Advisor and spend less time with the veterinarian. It's all right to see the vet once a year for preg checking, and if you simply must call one out for a C-section, but we don't see them everyday like you used to do. Real cattlemen hang out with order buyers, bull peddlers, supplement salesmen, cattle haulers, and auction market field men. So sell your gomer bull, get a real dog and find a banker who doesn't know how to count cows. Cattlewomen don't shop at Nordstroms or go to the hairdresser once a week either.

To make "The Change" you'll need to acquire an all new vocabulary. We don't talk about things like macro-economics, quotas or debt-to-income ratio. Sure, we know what EPDs are but we don't brag about it. Mostly we talk about two things: the state of your grass and how much rain you got in the last storm. That's about it.

Making "The Change" means you'll have an all new outlook on life and you're whole body will feel different. You'll start to feel more pessimistic, you'll grunt more and instead of buying the best hay money can buy you'll begin to consider alternatives like post-Halloween pumpkins, deformed carrots and cardboard. Your belly will start to bulge more and you're face will get sunburnt for the first time since college. (If you wanted to stay indoors you should have become a greenhouse grunt or hog barn janitor because real cowboys work outside.) Speaking of hogs, they have no place on a real cow ranch and neither do chickens. We eat beef and drink whiskey and do not, I repeat, DO NOT hand us the wine list.

So go ahead, tear down the milking parlor, sell the semen tank, say goodbye to milk checks and repeat after me: "I will no longer be associated with dimwitted dairy cows or be held a prisoner to lactation ever again."

Lee Pitts: The Cowboy Arts

I'm proud to say that I was a vocational student, even though the rest of my high school looked down on us and we were quarantined far from the regular campus. Teachers and school administrators weren't used to straight A students and the smartest kid in the class learning to weld and one even suggested to my mom that my smarts would be wasted by taking agriculture. He suggested I'd make a "wonderful lawyer." If there is such a thing.

I've always been a shop rat and taking ag class meant you got to take an hour of shop every day. I've always enjoyed fixing things in our home, for neighbors, antique dealers and even museums and to me a perfect day is spending all day and evening tinkering in my shop. I've collected thousands of tools used for carpentry, welding, soldering, carving, leatherworking, engraving, jewelry making, airbrushing, embossing, tinsmithing, upholstery, blacksmithing, and engine repair. I even have some dental and orthopedic surgery tools so if you need a tooth pulled or a bone set, I'm your guy. (If you don't mind anesthesia by one of my over 100 hammers.)

I've gone through phases of what I liked to do best. I started out by wielding wrenches back when cars came straight from the factory with a sick engine or cranky transmission. When they started putting computers in cars I lost interest and switched my allegiance to wood carving and woodwork. That phase lasted until I realized a guy that's overly medicated probably shouldn't be using a table saw. I'm lucky to have survived that phase with all my fingers intact. I've always loved to weld and one summer in the oilfields I was a pipeline welder's assistant. He discouraged my taking up the profession because he said all welders became cranky old men. I listened to his advice but became one anyway. A cranky old man, that is.

Then I found the perfect hobby: leatherworking. It satisfies two of my biggest urgings, I get to pound on things and it requires lots of tools. Some of them are wicked looking things like round knives and head knives and they took a long time to master, but here's my secret to surviving the learning phase: Super Glue. It's better than a bandaid for cuts.

I love working with leather because you can burn it, stamp it, dye it and airbrush it without all the sawdust of woodworking, and without burning your house down with a welding torch. I can make a belt in a day or two that a friend will wear for a lifetime. So far my best creations are a miniature saddle that sold for $50,000 at a charity auction for my friend Joan Hardy's Small Miracles Foundation, and a photo album I made for the Junior Hereford Association that sold at the Nuggett auction for $18,000 and ended up in my friend John Ascuaga's hands. So, thus far I'm averaging about $34,000 per item just in case you wanted me to make you something.

For years I was too embarrassed by my work to stamp my name on it and hopefully most of it found new life as doggy chew toys. My biggest problem is I live in California and the state has outlawed all the old dyes and finishes that look so good. I'm left with making Indian "teas" out of strong coffee and rusty nails. And wouldn't you know it, just as soon as I mastered the art of carving flowers, oak leaves and scrolls, fads changed and bling, geometric designs and roughout saddles are all the rage. I can non-tool a saddle as good as anyone.

I got so tired of buying silver conches to put on my leatherwork that I took up silversmithing and engraving next. The biggest problems with it are silver is costlier than leather or wood and it's real easy to slip and put a hole through your hand while engraving. My engraving is really unbelievable when you consider I'm legally blind.

I read recently that some schools can't offer shop class because there aren't enough qualified teachers. Kids are graduating without ever having used a hammer. If the boats ever stop arriving from China there may come a time in this country when we'll once again need folks who know how to make things and there won't be any left.

Lee Pitts: The Devil’s Hat Band

As far as I am concerned, Joseph Glidden was the most miserable SOB that ever breathed a breath. I curse his memory every October 27th because that's the day Joseph got the first ever patent for barbed wire.

Joseph Glidden is known as "The Father of Barb Wire" which to me is like being known as "The Father of Leukemia" or "The Father of Hitler." It is simply something that I would not aspire to be. But Glidden was quite proud of it, so much so that he kept on "improving" his invention. He started out innocently enough with a wire he called "Glidden's Barely Barbed" but he regressed quickly and towards the end of his miserable life he came up with "Glidden's Hog Wire with Rusty Extra Long Barbs."

The life of the common cowboy has been immortalized in song and the golden screen but the cowboy is always portrayed in a romantic light, breaking wild horses, turning a stampede, or serenading a herd going up the trail to Abilene. Hah! I am here to tell you that the average old cowboy living on Social Security in an old age home spent far more time stringing a piece of Devil's Hat Band whose sole purpose was to inflict pain and ruin shirts than he ever did singing under the stars to a bunch of steers. And any cowboy worth his spurs has the scars to prove it. Look at any sun burnt, crippled up old cowboy and amidst the wrinkled skin, pitted like a cratered moon, you will see the scars. The old wire cuts are worn proudly like a badge of honor.

There are something like 1,400 kinds of barb wire and some brain dead people are actually collecting it, as if it was art or something. (I only have 200 pieces in my collection.) I wrote a story one time about a rancher near Henrietta, Texas, who has three rolls of "Brinkerhoff Twisted" sitting in his shop and the poor old coot thinks he's wealthy. He's leaving the rusty wire to his grandkids and it says so in his will!

It's amazing to see some of the types of wire these demented inventors came up with. At a barb wire show I recently attended I saw one version that was nothing more than serrated steak knives welded together. The English on the other hand were much more humane, their version was simply smooth. Now it's the Japanese who are on the cutting edge of barb wire technology and if you want to put a little spark in your otherwise dreary marriage try stretching a mile or two of the Japanese version with your spouse. You'll be hauled into divorce court before you get a third wire stretched.

What my wife and I do is get a smooth digging bar and shove it through the middle of the roll. This allows us to unwind the roll of wire as we walk. The only problem is that my wife is afraid of having the roll of barbs slide too far to her side of the bar so she raises her end which of course means as the roll unwinds it takes the hide off my hand. And of course she is wearing the only decent pair of gloves.

When we approach the corner post to stretch the wire and tie it off my wife goes and hides in the pickup so she won't get hit when the wire whiplashes. The next step is to actually stretch the wire with another invention of Joseph Glidden's, the wire stretcher, which of course has not been improved upon since Glidden invented it over 100 years ago. When this doesn't work, the stretcher is thrown aside and the wire is passed through the claw of the hammer. Using the hammer as a prybar and my knee as a third hand I am then able to secure the wire to the post with another terrible Japanese invention: the slippery shooting staple.

I've called barbed wire many things in my life but the collectors use nicer terms like L.P Judson's Notched Ribbon, Window Wire, Corsicana Clip, and English Entanglement Wire. Normally I would find such names humorous except that at this very moment I am attempting to disengage my arm from a strand of the much dreaded Japanese Revenge.