Beastrom Gelbvieh – 36th Annual Bull Sale
Date: Feb. 22, 2016
Location: at the ranch, northeast of Pierre, South Dakota
Auctioneer: Lynn Weishaar
Reported by: Dan Piroutek & Chris Effling
Averages: Black and Red Gelbvieh and Balancer Bulls ave. $4,995
Beastrom Ranch, owned by Jim and Barb Beastrom, along with their daughters and sons-in-law, Shad and Brandy Ludemann and Wes and Brittney Spencer, hosted a nice crowd of mostly repeat buyers for their annual sale. The ranch utilizes the best Gelbvieh and Angus genetics to produce seedstock that will generate profit. The bulls this year have increased their rib-eye size and their IMF percentages
Since this was their 36th sale, that tells you about the history of this herd, as well as the many relationships that they have established with their commercial customers and purebred friends.
The Beastroms demand that their cattle have eye appeal, soundness, and function. They want bulls that sire more pounds and profit for their customers. These cattle are bred to perform in the pasture, in the feedlot, and at the packer.
The red-hided bulls in this year’s sale were met with very strong competition all the way through the sale.
Top selling bull of the day was Lot 4, selling for $9,500 to Volek Ranch from Highmore, South Dakota. He was BABR 5201C ET “Reload”, a son of BABR Secret Brand 2100Z ET and out of a daughter of SSL Platinum. This bull combined two of the Beastrom’s best cow families: BABR Secret Crush and AHL Hott Damn 31L. His EPDs were CED 8, BW 1.4, WW 85, YW 125, MILK 23, TM 66, CEM 6, ST1, YG -0.51, CW 45, REA 0.67, MARB 0.21, and FPI (feed profit index) 83.95. Born at 74 pounds, he weaned at 847 pounds, and posted a yearling weight of 1462 pounds. This polled homo black bull was the lead bull in the Beastrom’s National Western Stock Show Pen of Three.
Lot 26, another member of the Pen of Three, sold for $8,500 to Pat Trask, Wasta, South Dakota. This son of BABR Branded Man 3400A was out of a daughter of TR Mr. Future Direction 5777R. He was hetero polled and homo black, entering the world at 86 pounds. He weaned at 832 pounds and grew to a yearling weight of 1522 pounds. His rib eye scan showed 17.45 square inches. He posted EPDs of CED 10, BW 1.8, WW 78, YW 123, MILK 28, TM 67, CEM 10, ST 7, YG -0.35, REA 0.43, and FPI 75.85.
Repeat buyer Jerry Bush from Pierre, South Dakota, selected Lot 34, a polled homo black bull, at $7,750. This son of Secret Brand had an 80 pound birth weight and a weaning weight of 805 pounds. He grew to a yearling weight of 1475 pounds, after gaining at a rate of 5.02 pounds per day. His stats included EPDs of CED 9, BW 1.8, WW 87, YW 120, REA 0.77, MARB 0.35, and FPI 87.6.
The gavel fell at $ 7,750 with Lot 18 headed to Gettysburg, South Dakota, with Danny Worth. This red bull was out of BEA 300A and a daughter of TMAS Mr Rob Bob 252. He was 86 pounds at birth, with a weaning weight of 777 pounds and a yearling weight of 1337 pounds. His scrotal measurement was 42 cm. His EPDs were CED 7, BW 3.7, WW 69, YW 96, MILK 25, TM 59, and CEM 6.
Lot 5 brought $7,500 from Tim Dahlen from Halliday, North Dakota. He was a son of BEA 941W and out of a Tsunami daughter. This black polled bull was 88 pounds at birth. He weaned at 845 pounds, grew to a yearling weight of 1514 pounds. He had a 40 cm. scrotal, a 16.38 square inch rib eye, and grew at 4.95 pounds per day.
This was another good day for the Beastrom family, and their friendship and hospitality are some of the best.