Eagle Pass Ranch Annual Spring Bull Sale – EPR: Verified Feed Efficient
Date: Mar. 18, 2015
Location: at the ranch east and south of Highmore, SD
Auctioneer: Seth Weishaar
Representing TSLN: Dan Piroutek and Chris Effling
151 Balancer Bulls – $5,920
27 XXL Bulls – $4,815
11 Angus Bulls – $5,875
A great crowd was on hand for the Eagle Pass Ranch Annual Spring Bull Sale March 18. Many return customers were in attendance, along with many new buyers interested in the benefits of increased feed efficiency. Eagle Pass Ranch is owned by the Munger family.
A stout set of bulls were offered, many being full brothers and half-brothers to aid buyers in putting consistency in their cowherd.
This herd has worked hard on feed efficiency. The bulls are tested for feed efficiency and given a feed efficiency index, as well as a docility score.
The top bull of the day was Lot 1, EGL Roundhouse B019, selling for $51,000 to the LeDoux Ranch, Agenda, Kans., JJ Boehler, Orleans, Nebr., and the Roundhouse group. Roundhouse caught a lot of attention as the lead bull in the Grand Champion “Pen of 5” this year at Denver, and is the product of two National Champion Balancers. He will be a bull to watch as he could have a big impact on the Balancer breed with his balanced EPDs, feed efficiency, and eye appeal.
A half-brother and full-brother to the Lot 1 bull were also sale highlights. Lot 20, EGL Barrett B050, the anchor bull in the Champion “Pen of 5”, sold for $29,000 to Warner Beef Genetics, Arapahoe, Nebr., Cedar Top Ranch, Stapleton, Nebr., and Sienknecht Cattle Co, Gladbrook, Iowa. The second bull in the ring, EGL Roundhouse B020, sold to Cranview Gelbvieh, Minot, North Dakota. for $19,000. A full brother to the high-selling bull, the two made for quite the pair to lead off the sale.
Lot 60, EGL Lifeline B101, an S A V Final Answer son out of an EGL Farah daughter, received a lot of attention on sale day. LeDoux Ranch and Cedar Top Ranch teamed up to purchase this herdsire prospect for $14,500.
Allan Steward, Chelsea, South Dakota, selected Lot 47, EGL Breckenridge B215 as his top pick for $13,500. This GAR-EGL Protégé son is a Top 1 percent WW, Top 1 percent YW Balancer bull, with a 124 IMF ratio.
Jerry Bush, Onida, South Dakota, was the top bidder on Lot 56, EGL Broadway B201. The #1 YW bull in the sale crushed the scales with a whopping 1,472 pound adjusted yearling weight. His moderate frame and natural muscle set him apart, and he’s got the potential to be a real herd changer.
Other High Selling Yearlings:
Lot 167, EGL Beefeater B662, a LSF Boxed Beef son sold for $12,000 to Rob Farlee of Dupree, South Dakota
Lot 21, EGL Barrett B055, sold for $9,500 to Bob and Jeremy Haselhorst, Mansfield, South Dakota
Lot 49, EGL Breckenridge B218, sold to the Farlee Ranch, Dupree, South Dakota, for $9,500.
Lot 139, EGL Bossman B438, sold to Allan Steward, Chelsea, South Dakota, for $9,500.
Lot 202, Eagle Pass Prototype 4007, sold to Lucky 7 Angus, Riverton, Wyo., for $9,500.
Volume buyers on the day were Mound Valley Cattle Company, Thatcher, Idaho; TS Ranch, Battle Mountain, Nev.; P Spear Ranch, Ree Heights, South Dakota; Farlee Ranch, Dupree, South Dakota; and Bruce Haerter, Hosmer, South Dakota
This past year Steve Munger was elected as the president of the Beef Improvement Federation and will chair the summer convention at Biloxi, Mississippi. He will have up-to-date information to share with fellow cattlemen.