Wicks Super Bull Sunday Annual SimAngus Sale
Date: Feb. 7, 2016
Location: Wix Barn and Lodge, south of Richardton, N.D.
Auctioneer: Lynn Weishaar
Reported by: Dan Piroutek
Averages: 51 SimAngus Bulls ave. $4771
Wicks Cattle is a family operation owned by Zane and Mary Jo Wicks, along with daughters, Josie and Mya. They have a new sale barn and lodge on their ranch, and have been hosting their bull sale in these beautiful facilities for the past few years. Their ranch is east of Dickinson, North Dakota, just south of Interstate 94.
Wicks Cattle has cows that are tremendous mothers, making for the cornerstone of their successful ranching operation. The majority of the cows are SimAngus, with a few straight Angus. To stay in the herd, each cow needs a good disposition, a high conception rate, great mothering ability, and low maintenance.
Zane spends a great deal of time making his selections for future bull crops. In addition to the strong maternal traits, he looks for performance, soundness, carcass, and appearance when choosing sires for his cows. He wants to produce bulls that can improve performance for each of his customers. Zane believes that SimAngus can give that extra pop of vigor, while maintaining all the desired maternal traits.
The extremely windy day may have kept a few bidders at home, but those who came seemed quite pleased with the selection in the offering. Bulls sold into five different states. Some buyers chose the quality SimAngus open heifers.
Top selling bull of the day was Lot 3, Wix CA903 The Whiz, selling for $15,000 to Larry Pavlenko of Dunn Center, North Dakota. He was sired by CCR Frontier 0053Z, and out of a daughter of HK Timeout W81. He was 5/8 Simmental, weighing 84 pounds at birth, and growing to a weaning weight of 815 pounds to ratio 113. He was wide and long and out of a first calf heifer. His EPDs were CE 13, BW 1.6, WW 77, YW 114, MCE 12, MILK 16, API 144 and TI 79.
Lot 54 was half Simmental, and at $10,500, also headed to the Larry Pavlenko ranch. Sired by JC Mr Premium Beef 030Z, he was out of a daughter of Schiefelbein Effective 61. This heifer bull had plenty of style and hit the ground at 74 pounds. He weaned at 760 pounds, and posted EPDs of CE 17, BW 2, WW 68, YW 112, MCE 8, MILK 19, API 159, and TI 85.
Starr Ranch of Dupree, South Dakota, paid $6,750 each for Lots 5 and 9. Lot 5 was a flush brother, sired by W/C United 956Y and had JF Net Merit 618S on the dam’s side. This thick half Simmental bull had EPDs of CE 11, BW 0.4, WW 70, YW 116, and MILK 20. Lot 9 was a long bull that was half Simmental and out of CCR Frontier 0053Z and HRM Upgrade Y35. Born at 80 pounds, he weaned at 722 pounds. His EPDs were CE 12, BW 0.8, WW 71, YW 108, and MILK 21.
Another bull that drew some attention was Lot 18. This half Simmental was sired by the popular, Triple C Singletary S3H bull, and out of a daughter of SAV Net Worth 4200. Born at 92 pounds, he weaned at 776 pounds. He should sire some good heifers. His EPDs were CE 7, BW 2.1, YW 112, MCE 9, and MILK 26. He sold to Perhus Ranch at Marshall, North Dakota, at $6,500.
Sired by CCR Frontier 0053Z, and out of a daughter of Triple C Singletary S3H, Lot 23, sold to Mark Hauser of Hebron, North Dakota, for $6,500. Born at 76 pounds, he weaned at 773 pounds to ratio 107. This half Simmental had EPDs of CE 11, BW 1.1, WW 82, YW 128, MCE 9, MILK 23, API 151, TI 9, and an REA of 1.06.
You did not leave with an empty stomach. When you arrived to look over the bulls, you were treated to an excellent brunch, followed by a great dinner just prior to the sale. At the end of the day, all were invited to join in the festivities of a Super Bowl party with all the trimmings. What a fun day!
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