Forgey & Graesser 6th Annual Production Sale
Date: Mar. 21, 2015
Location: at the ranch south of Dallas, South Dakota
Auctioneer: Matt Lowry
Reported by: Dan Piroutek & Chris Effling
Photos by: Susan Cable
Averages: 105 reg. yrlg Angus Bulls ave. $6783
8 reg. Fall Angus Bulls ave. $5312
19 Sim-Angus Bulls ave. $5723
The Forgey and Graesser Partnership, consisting of Dan Forgey and Rod and Kevin Graesser and their families, hosted a standing room only crowd for their annual sale. This year the sale was moved out to the new sale barn at the Dan Forgey Ranch, south of Dallas, South Dakota, in the Burke/Gregory area.
This was a really stout set of bulls, with exceptional demand on the top half of these bulls. The sale is held just north of the Nebraska border and the Sandhills, and it drew a large crowd from both states. This made for a very fast-paced and competitive sale, and proved to be the best ever in their six years of production sales.
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Top selling bull of the day was the Lot 60 bull, HFA Big Easy L41B, selling for $22,000 to Ponca Creek Cattle Co., Bonesteel, South Dakota He was a son of the resident herd sire, Brookdale Uptown, and out of ALC Forever Lady R24U, a Leachman Right Time daughter with a weaning weight ratio of 108 on 3 calves. Born at 70 pounds, he weaned at 809 pounds, before growing to a yearling weight of 1375 pounds. He scanned a 17.2 sq. in. rib eye and had an IMF of 4.97% to ratio 116. His EPDs were CED 11, BW 1.1, WW 73, YW 122, MILK 27, $W 63.40, and $B 108.93.
Doug Allemang, Bartlett, Nebr., chose Lot 19 at $14,500. This son of S Chisum 6175 was out of a daughter of Sitz Upward 307R who was a first calf heifer. His EPDs were CED 2, BW 3.2, WW 64, YW 110, MILK 28, $W 42.20, and $B 125.60. He had a 78 pound birth weight, weaned at 764 pounds, and reached 1353 pounds as a yearling, with a 16.1 sq. in. rib eye.
Lot 22 sold for $14,500 to the Terry Stout Ranch, Burwell, Nebr. He was another son of S Chisum 6175 and out of another daughter of Sitz Upward 307R. Born at 76 pounds, he weaned at 745 pounds and attained a yearling weight of 1337 pounds. His rib eye was 14.7 sq. in., and he had an IMF of 5.11. His $B was 127.22.
Peter Haukaas, Winner, South Dakota, bought Lot 38 at $14,000. GB Potential L71B was a son of SAV Potential 0205, and he was out of ALC Blackcap 171S, a daughter of Rito 1I2. EPDs of CED 1, BW 2.8, WW 64, YW 119, MILK 30, $W 41.94, and $B 113.59 completed his stats. He was born at 90 pounds, weaned at 815 pounds, and posted a record yearling weight of 1508 pounds to ratio 118.
Another high seller was Lot 47, selling to Doug Allemang, Bartlett, Nebr., for $14,000. This son of Connealy In Focus was out of a daughter of B/R New Frontier 095. His rib eye was 16.2 sq. in. and his $B was 122.74.
Lot 53 sold to Delano DeVries, Corsica, South Dakota, for $12,500. He was by Sitz Upward 307R and out of a first calf heifer by GAR-EGL Protégé. Born at 74 pounds, he weaned at 795 pounds, then kept growing to a tremendous yearling weight of 1495 pounds. His yearling weight EPD is 136, and $B was 132.09.
Miller Angus Ranch, Burwell, Nebr., selected Lot 105 at $12,500. This good Angus bull had EPDs of CED 5, BW 1.3, WW 51, YW 96 and MILK 32.
The top selling Sim-Angus bull was Lot 142 at $11,000 to George and Brett Kenzy, Iona, South Dakota He was sired by SAS Big Bruzer Y131, and his dam went back to SAV 8180 Traveler 004.