Lensegrav Hybrid Vigor Bull Sale

Steve Pekron, Milesville, South Dakota.

Date: Mar. 16, 2016

Location: Faith Livestock Commission Co.

Auctioneer: Lynn Weishaar

Reported by: Dan Piroutek and Scott Dirk


116 Ylg hybrid bulls – $5,366

The Lensegrav Ranch, owned by Dave and Rhonda Lensegrav, along with their daughter, Kristi, and her husband, Jace Birkeland, hosted some of the top commercial cattlemen in the Midwest on another nice day in western South Dakota. Many walked through the pens before the sale, and you could tell that this strong buyer base was in a good mood. The sale moved along at a rapid pace with eager bidders seeking out their top choices.

The “LEN” prefix on the pedigree name means that the bulls will be stout made, with depth of body, plus mass and thickness throughout. This was the most powerful set of bulls that I’ve seen this year. The uniformity and quality stayed until the very end of the sale.

Many buyers bid on several bulls throughout this sale to make it very competitive and fast moving. There were multiple buyers that have purchased bulls from Dave since before I was around.

Top selling bull of the day was Lot 44, selling for $14,500 to the White Butte Ranch from Lemmon, South Dakota. He was a son of Carlson Resource 388 and out of a daughter of Dynamite. This seven-eighths Angus, one-eighth Gelbvieh bull had an 86 pound birth weight, a weaning weight of 756 pounds, and a yearling weight of 1,500 pounds. With a scrotal measurement of 46.5 cm., he had a gain ratio of 127.

T & L Ranch from Meadow, South Dakota, chose Lot 1 at $12,000. This black son of 242N-LEN113Z was out of a daughter of Poncho. He was three-quarters Angus and one-quarter Gelbvieh, with an 88 pound birth weight. This powerful bull weaned at 908 pounds and reached a yearling weight of 1,553 pounds. His scrotal measurement was 43.6 cm.

After some hectic bidding, Lot 41 found a new home with Rusty Foster at Meadow, South Dakota. Sired by Carlson Resource 388, this homozygous black bull was out of a daughter of DR 5175, and hit the ground at 87 pounds. He weaned at 868 pounds and had a yearling weight of 1,594 pounds, with a gain ratio of 122. This high performance bull was an eighth Gelbvieh, and sold for $12,000.

Long time repeat buyer, Larry Thompson from Glenham, South Dakota, was back this year to buy Lot 42 at $12,000. This son of Carlson Resource 388 was out of a daughter of Connealy Right Direction. This black bull was seven-eighths Angus. Born at 92 pounds, he weaned at 820 pounds, and grew to 1,564 pounds as a yearling, with a gain ratio of 124.

The top red bull sold for $12,000 to Ken Elkins from Taylor, North Dakota. He was Lot 49, a son of 111 LEN 54X and out of a daughter of Garrett Emblazon. He entered the world at 82 pounds, and was one-quarter Gelbvieh. Good weaning and yearling weights of 813 pounds and 1,446 pounds made him an attractive purchase.

Jerry Hampshire from Claremont, Wyoming, picked Lot 2 at $9,000. Sired by 242N-LEN 113Z, he had a 94 pound birth weight, a weaning weight of 871 pounds, and a yearling weight of 1,516 pounds.

Very strong sale—start to finish! Dave and Rhonda Lensegrav and Jace and Kristi Birkeland are always happy to show you around their ranch. Stop by anytime to see their cowherd and enjoy some warm hospitality.