Spear U Angus 32nd Annual Production Sale
Date: Feb. 9, 2016
Location: Philip Livestock Auction
Auctioneers: Lynn Weishaar & Seth Weishaar
Reported by: Dan Piroutek
Averages: 147 yearling and two-year-old bulls – $ 4,772
Spear U Angus is owned by Greg and Lori Shearer, along with their son, Jace and Tisha Shearer and their family. Greg tries to help his customers throughout the year-many times he is the top bidder on any calves sired by Spear U bulls. Plus, he is confident that these calves will do well on feed. Many of the high selling calves at Philip Livestock are sired by Spear U registered Angus bulls.
The Spear U Ranch is northwest of Wall, South Dakota, and this herd is very maternally bred, and also has outstanding carcass traits. These cattle are bred for low birth weights, making for a very competitive sale for the top end of these calving ease bulls.
Many longtime repeat buyers were on the seats to compete and make this a very fast-paced and strong sale. Temperament and docility of these bulls was very good as they paraded through Philip Livestock. The bulls were 50K tested by Zoetis, with a wealth of data in the catalog on each bull.
Top selling bull of the day was Lot 3, a yearling bull, selling for $13,500, and heading to Buffalo Gap with Don Fish. This son of AAR Ten X 7008SA was out of a Connealy Consensus 7229 daughter, and weighed 74 pounds at birth. He weaned at 794 pounds to ratio 120, and posted EPDs of BW 1.4, WW 70, MILK 26, YW 121, and $B 152.52.
Randy Clark, Quinn, South Dakota, was the winning bidder on the Lot 39 yearling, another son of AAR Ten X 7008SA, at $12,500. Out of a daughter of Connealy Best Option, he had only a 64 pound birth weight, yet grew to a weaning weight of 733 pounds to ratio 111. His EPDs were BW -0.3, WW 56, MILK 24, YW 105, and $B 143.32.
Lot 107 was the top selection for Kjerstad Cattle Co., Quinn, South Dakota. This yearling picture bull was a son of the popular Baldridge Waylon W34, one of the top rated performance bulls with stats to improve carcass qualities.
At $11,000, he was out of a daughter of Rafter Q, and going back to Mytty In Focus genetics on the maternal side. He hit the ground at 94 pounds and weaned at 726 pounds to ratio 114. His $ values included $W 66.69, $F 90.06, $G 57.61 and $B 178.60. His marbling EPD was 1.37, with a rib eye EPD of 0.73.
Steve Borns of Hazel, South Dakota, paid $10,000 to own Lot 4, a yearling son of Connealy Consensus 7229. With an 88 pound birth weight, he weaned at 711 pounds to ratio 112. His EPDs were BW 1.5, WW 56, MILK 25, and YW 99.
Don Fish took home several of the top selling bulls—Lot 2 at $ 11,500, Lot 15 at $10,500, and Lot 27 at $12,000.
Lot 2 was a two-year-old son of SAV Prosperity 9131, and out of a daughter of OCC Perfect 635P. With a 90 pound birth weight, he had EPDs of BW 2.9, WW 57, MILK 27, and YW 97.
Lot 15 was another son of AAR Ten X 7008SA, going back to Mytty In Focus, and out of a daughter of GAR Progress. This yearling was only 72 pounds at birth, then he really grew, reaching a weaning weight of 822 pounds to ratio 124. His EPDs were -0.9, WW 69, MILK 28, and YW 121.
Lot 27, a 2-year-old, was sired by RR 10X 7008 0360, a son of AAR Ten X 7008SA. His mother was a daughter of SITZ Heritage 5946. He was born at 86 pounds, with EPDs of BW 1.3, WW 47, MILK 20, and YW 93.
It was another good day for Spear U Angus.