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Mohnen Angus “Power of Genetics” Annual Bull Sale

Doug and Bonnie Pribyl of Wolsey, South Dakota, bought 2 bulls at this year’s sale. They have been purchasing Mohnen bulls for over five years.

Date: Feb. 10, 2017

Location: at the Ranch, southwest of White Lake, South Dakota

Auctioneer: Seth Weishaar



Reported by: Dan Piroutek & Chris Effling

Average:



139 Angus Bulls – $5,611

14 Sim-Angus Bulls – $3,035

What a beautiful day! Temperatures were in the 40’s and 50’s as the sun shined on the Mohnen bulls as they were displayed outside on straw. It was just a really great day to take a close look at these thick, wide-based bulls, along with their tremendous lengths of body.

Owners Steve and Kathy Mohnen, along with their ever-expanding family, made you feel right at home. Food and beverages were plentiful, along with much information on each of their bulls. The large crowd participated in the sale as they viewed videos of the bulls in this beautiful new sale barn.

This is a very well-respected Angus herd with many purebred and AI producers showing much interest, especially on the top end of the bulls. Many commercial cattlemen were in the crowd, finding their desired genetics in this Mohnen offering. Mohnens raise efficient cattle that wean off big, high performing steers, and then breed back early. The sale moved along rapidly as Auctioneer Seth Weishaar gathered up the bids and pronounced the new owners.

The top selling bull of the day was Lot 1, selling for $52,500 to the partnership of Richard’s Angus of Belfield, North Dakota, and ST Genetics from Navasota, Texas. Mohnen Global 1006 was sired by Mohnen Global 1274, and out of a daughter of Mohnen Dynamite 1356 and Mohnen Zara 510. This bull’s granddam is the Pathfinder Zara 2057. His performance is off the charts, weaning off his mom at an actual weight of 945 pounds. He had a 17.7 square inch rib eye to ratio 116. This thick-made bull has EPDs of CED 5, BW 3.4, WW 76, YW 132, and MILK 26, with $Beef of 148.42. Born at 99 pounds, he grew to a yearling weight of 1533 pounds.

Lot 48 was another popular bull. DBL, Inc. of Fullerton, Nebraska, paid $30,000 to own this bull designed for heifers. Sired by SAV Ten Speed 3022, and out of Mohnen Jilt 2033, daughter of S Chisum 6175 and Mohnen Jilt 1283, he hit the ground at 79 pounds. He weaned at 822 pounds and grew to a yearling weight of 1427 pounds with a scrotal measurement of 39.39 square inches. Also noted was his 17.0 square inch rib eye. His excellent EPDs included CED 10, BW 0.4, WW 67, YW 116, MILK 30, CW 62, MARB 0.63, and REA 0.87. He had $W of 75.10, and $B of 159.55, ranking in the top 2 percent and 3 percent.

Babcock Farms, Glenville, Nebraska, and Accelerated Genetics of Baraboo, Wisconsin, teamed up to buy Lot 105 at $24,000. This was a true calving ease bull with much muscle, growth and a good set of feet and legs. Born at 67 pounds, he weaned at 861 pounds and posted a yearling weight of 1437 pounds. He had a 15.8 square inch rib eye. His EPDs were CED 14, BW -2.0, WW 60, YW 110, MILK 39, MARB 0.46, REA 0.58, and $Beef $142.69. He ranked in the top 1 percent for Milk and $W, top 2 percent for Docility, and top 3 percent for BW and CW. His granddam was a Pathfinder.

Lot 89 was the top selection for Genex of Shawano, Wisconsin, at $24,000. Another heifer bull, he was born at 59 pounds, yet weaned at 853 pounds and grew to a yearling weight of 1474 pounds. With a scrotal measurement of 39.98 cm. he had EPDs of CED 13, BW -1.4, WW 60, YW 112, MILK 31, and REA of 0.78.

Haugen Angus of Hannaford, North Dakota, is the new home for Lot 6. This son of Mohnen Global 1274 had an attractive look. His mother is the Pathfinder, Mohnen Ruth 2561, going back to Mohnen Long Distance 1639. He entered the world at 85 pounds, weaned at 803 pounds, and reached a yearling weight of 1352 pounds. His EPDs included CED 9, BW 2.4, WW 63, YW 104, MILK 28, and REA 0.51.

Mohnens live by their motto, “Raising Quality Cattle is Not Our Job, It’s Our Life!” They welcome visitors at the ranch every day of the year. Make plans to attend the next Mohnen Angus Bull sale early next February.


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