Larsen Ranch Angus 41st Annual Production Sale – Performance, Efficiency
Date: Mar. 23, 2015
Location: at the ranch, south and east of Forsyth, Mont.
Auctioneer: Roger Jacobs
Reported by: Dan Piroutek
125 Yearling Angus bulls – $6,008
The Larsen Ranch from Forsyth, Mont., hosted a good crowd for their annual bull sale held at the ranch. This herd is a combination of the Jim Larsen, Tyler Larsen, and Lafe Warren families. Since this was the first time that I’d seen these cattle, I would have to say that I was very impressed by these bulls and the people behind them.
These bulls have a lot of rib in them, and they come from a cow herd that is bred to wean big calves on Eastern Montana grass. Calving ease proved to be a big trait throughout the sale.
Larsen Ranch donates a scholarship to the Forsyth FFA for their help in “setting up” and “taking down” for this sale. Larsen Ranch appreciates these students and their advisor.
The demand stayed strong throughout the sale, and this proved to be the best sale ever for this long standing firm. All 125 bulls were sold in 90 minutes.
Top selling bull of the day was Lot 2, Larsen Summit 17P, selling for $18,000 to Mydland Angus, Joliet, Mont. This son of S Summit 956 was out of a daughter of Vermilion Dublin X586. This was a very stout, thick-topped bull with a lot of depth of body and true Angus breed character about his head and body. Born at 79 pounds, he weaned at 702 pounds and posted a yearling weight of 1,366 pounds. His EPDs were CED 8, BW 1.5, WW 64, MILK 33, YW 124, MARB 0.43, and RE 0.58. He scanned a rib eye of 14.7 sq. inches, and had an IMF of 4.45 percent to ratio 122. He had a 37 cm. scrotal measurement.
Patterson Ranch, Forsyth, Mont., chose Lot 11 at $11,000. Here was a son of Boyd Signature 1014 who was out of a daughter of LRA Wrangler. He weaned at 751 pounds and had a yearling weight of 1,340 pounds. His EPDs were CED 2, BW 2.2, WW 70, MILK 31 and YW 121. His rib eye was 15.8 sq. inches
Many hands went into the air as Lot 15 entered the ring. At $11,000, the winning bidder was Wade Keys, Hysham, Mont. This bull was a son of LRA Upward 134J and out of a daughter of Bon View New Design 208. This calving ease bull had a 75 pound birth weight, a weaning weight of 772 pounds and a yearling weight of 1,399 pounds. Completing the package were EPDs of CED 10, BW -0.4, WW 63, MILK 32, and YW 111. His scrotal measurement was 40.2 cm.
Patterson Ranch also bought Lot 20 at $10,000 and Lot 22 at $9,500. The Lot 20 bull was a son of S Blackstone 218, and he was out of a daughter of Connealy Lead On. Born at 85 pounds, he weaned at 719 pounds, and reached a yearling weight of 1,263 pounds. His rib eye scan of 16.2 sq.inches was complemented by EPDs of CED 6, BW 0.7, WW 66, MILK 30, and YW 116.
Lot 22 was sired by S Blackstone 218 and from a daughter of Sitz Upward 307R. He was a thick made bull with an 86 pound birth weight. He weaned at 717 pounds and attained a yearling weight of 1274 pounds. His EPDs were CED 6, BW 1.7, WW 68, MILK 33, and YW 120.
Mallett Cattle Co., Powderville, Mont., found a good bull in Lot 27. They paid $9500 to own him. He was a son of LRA Reliant 87H and out of a daughter of Rito 1I2. At birth he weighed 92 pounds. He weaned at 751 pounds and posted a yearling weight of 1,327 pounds.