Triple Play Ranches 10th Annual Production Sale |

Triple Play Ranches 10th Annual Production Sale

Braddock with his dad, Tucker Nelson, Arlington, South Dakota, bought the Lot 4 bull plus two heifers.

Date: Mar. 11, 2015

Location: Bales Continental Marketing, Huron, South Dakota

Auctioneer: Chisum Peterson, Chamberlain, South Dakota

Reported by: Dan Piroutek


28 Ylg bulls – $4,100

Open heifers – $2,275

Triple Play Ranches hosted a nice crowd for their 10th Annual Sale held at Huron Continental Marketing. The Triple Play Ranches are a combination of three ranches from the central part of eastern South Dakota. Troy and Pam Forbes and their family of Forbes Ranch are from Arlington, South Dakota Hailing from Lake Preston, South Dakota is Jacky Leonhardt and the Leonhardt Cattle Co. Volek Ranch, owned by Keith and Janice Volek and their family is from Highmore, South Dakota

This was a very sound, functional set of bulls that were both red and black. The combination of these three ranches into one sale allows buyers to make one stop for both red and black Gelbvieh and Balancer bulls. Each year they also offer some heifers.

Many repeat buyers were either on the seats or represented on this sale. The demand was good on the top end of the bulls, with some good buys as the sale went on.

The top selling bull of the day was Lot 12, selling for $7,250 to Jerry Bush, Pierre, South Dakota This was a Volek bull that was multi-polled and homo black. He was 50 percent Gelbvieh and 50 percent Angus with a 90 pound birth weight and a weaning weight of 790 pounds. This son of SAV Final Answer 0035 was out of a dam by Elk Creek Bronco 411G, and had EPDs of CED 14, BW-0.2, WW 78, YW 116, MILK 19, TM 59, YG (Yield Grade) -0.07, CW 40, REA 0.49, MARB 0.23, and FPI (Feeder Profit Index) 80.39.

The Beastrom Ranch, Pierre, South Dakota, bought Lot 11 at $6,750. He was multi-polled, double black, 25 percent Gelbvieh, 63 percent Angus, and 12 percent Red Angus, and hailed from the Volek Ranch. Born at 89 pounds, he weaned at 829 pounds. Sired by SAV Bismarck 5682 and out of a Sledgehammer daughter, his EPDs were CED 14, BW -0.5, WW 79, YW 124, MILK 24, TM 63, YG -0.10, REA 0.65, MARB 0.48, and FPI 89.51.

Matt Palmlund, Bancroft, South Dakota, selected Lot 1 at $6,750. This Forbes Ranch bull was a polled, black bull, being 50 percent Gelbvieh, 25 percent Angus and 25 percent Red Angus. Born at 84 pounds, he weaned at 809 pounds. He was sired by BVLK Cow Town ET, back to Final Answer and Traveler 8180. He was out of a daughter of Rhodes Scholar. This calving ease bull had an FPI index in the top 4 percent of the breed.

Lot 5, a Forbes Ranch bull, sold for $5,750 to Kevin Bratland, Bryant, South Dakota. This black, polled bull had a 92 pound birth weight and a weaning weight of 761 pounds. He was by Cow Town and out of an Extra daughter. His YW EPD was 114.

Tony Patton, Lebanon, Tenn., purchased Lot 23 at $5,250. This son of Cran Buddy Boy was out of a daughter of BUF BFCK Cherokee Canyon and was 83 pounds at birth and 649 pounds at weaning. He was a 75 percent Gelbvieh, 25 percent Angus red bull that was multi-polled, and raised on the Volek Ranch.

The top selling heifer was from the Leonhardt herd, and she was Lot 44, selling for $2,900 to Hageman Angus, Winfred, South Dakota She was sired by JRI Maximizer, going back to Mytty In Focus.

These are three good families to work with, and hands down the best popcorn balls on the circuit.