Wicks 2015 Production Sale
Date: February 8, 2015
Location: at the ranch, south of Richardton, North Dakota
Auctioneer: Lynn Weishaar
Reported by: Dan Piroutek
14 fall ylg Angus bulls – $5,553
63 ylg Sim Angus bulls – $5,103
Wicks Cattle, owned by Zane and Mary Jo Wicks and their family, hosted a huge crowd for their annual bull sale held at their beautiful new sale barn and lodge. This was the first time that I’ve seen this facility, and I was truly impressed.
The bulls were penned outside, and then sold over the video inside. The sale was very active, with good bidding. Every bull found a new home. There were lots of repeat buyers, with several new faces on the seats.
Sire groups included Triple C Singletary S3H, RDDS Futr Direction MX01, Schiefelbein Effective 61, W/C Lock N Load 706Z (aka “Six Shooter”), Summit Crest Focus, PA Power Tool 9108, Wheatland Mr Bojangles 97X, Rock On (HRM Upgrade Y 35), and JF New Trend 1044Y.
The Simmental-Angus cross adds hybrid vigor and carcass qualities. This combination generates productive, maternal females. Every calf in this offering was born unassisted. The catalog was full of helpful data to aid in the selection of bulls to fit each individual cattle herd.
The weather was fairly tough around the Bismarck area on the morning of the sale, but it did not dampen the enthusiasm of this big crowd. After a wonderful Sunday noon dinner, the sale began with the successful auction of labor by the members of the Richardton High School Rodeo Team. Those funds will help to fund their spring rodeos.
Top selling bull of the day honors were shared by three bulls with each selling for $9,000. Lot 5, WIX Y40B, sold to Bill Pavlenko, Dickinson, North Dakota. This son of W/C Lock N Load 706Z was out of a daughter of JF Net Merit 618S. Born at 94 pounds, he weaned at 831 pounds, growing to a yearling weight of 1,491 lb. He was a big framed bull with a lot of power. He had EPDs of CE 7.3, BW 2.4, WW 75.8, and YW 116.5.
Another bull at $9,000 was Lot 15, a selection by Chet Brandt, Hebron, North Dakota. This bull was a black 7/8 Simmental, 1/8 Angus bull, a son of Wheatland Mr Bojangles 97X. He weaned at 739 lb. and had a yearling weight of 1,487 lb., measuring a 42.5 cm. scrotal.
Lot 19 also sold to Bill Pavlenko for $9,000. He was a 5/8 Simmental X 3/8 Angus bull that was heterozygous black, and sired by JF New Trend 1044Y. He weaned at 695 pounds and had a yearling weight of 1,345 pounds.
Lot 1 was a standout bull with lots of growth, yet he was very smooth all over. He was a son of Triple C Singletary S3H and out of a daughter of Bon View New Design 878. With a birth weight of 86 pounds, he weaned at 756 pounds and posted a yearling weight of 1,523 pounds His EPDs were CE 9.7, BW 0.3, WW 66.5, YW 106.4, MCE 7.9, MILK 28.7, MARB 0.65, REA 0.66, API 137.6, and TI 80.2. (API is All-Purpose Index which predicts dollars per cow exposed, considering maintaining herd size with daughters and selling the excess. TI is Terminal Index which predicts dollars per cow exposed where replacement heifers are not kept.) This bull sold for $8,750 to Bill Kuntz, Towner, North Dakota.
Duane Settler, Richardton, North Dakota selected Lot 32 at $8,000. He was a registered Angus bull born on Sept. 12, 2013. This son of Summitcrest Focus 2U66 was out of a daughter of SS Objective T510. He had EPDs of CE 10, BW 0.2, WW 57, YW 101, MILK 29, MARB 0.63, REA 0.56, and $B 96.86. Born at 70 pounds, he weaned at 657 pounds and had a 43 cm. scrotal measurement.
Watch for more from this young family and progressive herd of Sim Angus cattle.