Varilek Angus 56th Annual Bull Sale
Date: Feb. 20, 2016
Location: The ranch, south of Geddes, South Dakota
Auctioneer: Seth Weishaar
Reported by: Dan Piroutek and Chris Effling
46 2-yr-old Angus bulls – $7,288
105 Ylg Angus bulls – $6,026
2 Fall Angus bulls – $7,750
18 Bred heifers – $3,722
27 Heifer calves – $2,232
Varilek Angus, a longtime family enterprise, is owned by Mick and Lynn Varilek, along with their sons and daughters-in-law, Ross and Kelly, and Scott and Laci. Their headquarters are seven miles south of Geddes, S.D., and they welcome visitors throughout the year. The Varileks live in some of the best eastern South Dakota ranch country there is, along the Missouri River Breaks.
The family hosted a pre-sale preview and supper the night before the sale, allowing time to look over the cattle and discuss the genetics the buyers were looking for. I’m very impressed with how this breeding program has come along, producing deep, thick-made, rancher kind of bulls.
Many of the herd sires used in this program were bred right there on that ranch. I’m seeing more and more of their pedigrees showing up in Angus cattle across the nation.
This was a very fast paced sale that stayed good all the way through.The market was especially strong on the females.
Top selling bull of the day was Lot 35, selling for $24,000 to Willy Altenburg from Fort Collins, Colorado. He was a son of the home raised Fuoss Angus herd sire, Varilek Confidence 3004 O. Out of a daughter of Varilek Aberdeen, he came into the world at 83 pounds. He weaned at 822 pounds, and grew to a yearling weight of 1,417 pounds. His EPDs were CED 13, BW -0.7, WW 62, YW 114, MILK 25, MARB 0.94, REA 1.04, and $B 148.01.
Lot 32 sold to repeat buyer, Urlacher Angus, from Regent, North Dakota, for $22,000.He was yet another son of Varilek Confidence 3004 O, and out of a first calf heifer by Connealy Mentor. Born at 77 pounds, he weaned at 863 pounds, and then posted a yearling weight of 1,481 pounds. He had EPDs of BW 0.8, WW 67, YW 125, MILK 25, MARB 0.65, REA 0.65, and $B 144.58.
With a final bid of $18,000, Anderson Bros. Partnership, Inc., Onge, Nebraska, chose Lot 20.This son of RB Tour of Duty 177 was out of a Final Answer 0035 daughter. His EPDs were CED 12, BW 0.6, WW 68, YW 117, MILK 28, RE 0.91, and MARB 0.44.With an 86 pound birth weight, he weaned at 846 pounds and reached a yearling weight of 1,444 pounds.
T-Bone Angus, Brunswick, Nebraska, chose the top two-year-old bull in Lot 111 at $17,000. He was a son of Connealy Earnan 076E, and out of a Dr J Analyst M250 daughter who was a pathfinder. He had a 93 pound birth weight, a weaning weight of 829 pounds, a yearling weight of 1,306 pounds, and a $B 152.93.
Lot 125 was another two-year-old, sired by Connealy Hemisphere 4171, and out of a pathfinder dam by Genetics by Design 049 who had ratioed 107 on eight calves. He sold for $13,500 to Lyle Lammers from Fordyce, Nebraska.
Longtime repeat buyers, Leo and Ruby Astleford, bought Lot 133, another two-year-old, at $12,000.
The top bred heifer was Lot 174, selling for $5,250 to Milton Odvody from Morse Bluff, Nebraska. She was sired by Connealy Hemisphere, with Sitz Upward 307R on the dam’s side.She was bred to Bruns Consensus 153.The top heifer calf was Lot 194, and she brought $6,250 from Quentin Johnson, Olivet, South Dakota.