LaDue Sunrise Angus “Striving for Excellence” Annual Bull Sale
Date: Apr. 27, 2015
Location: Faith Livestock, Faith, SD
Auctioneer: Seth Weishaar
Reported by: Dan Piroutek
73 yearling and two-year-old Angus Bulls – $4,582
77 Commercial Open Angus Heifers – $1,865
LaDue Sunrise Angus, owned by Kent and Janet LaDue and their children, Brittney, Bethany, and Brian, hosted a good crowd for their annual bull and female sale.
With their ranch located in the Meadow and Bison area, it has been the goal of this family to provide genetics that provide calving ease, maternal characteristics, and disposition, for their neighbors, friends, and customers. This was probably the most gentle set of bulls that we saw all spring.
The LaDues used these strong AI sires to build this year’s set of bulls: Final Answer, Matrix, Dash, In Sure, Priority, Upward, Game Day, Confidence, and Long Distance.
The LaDues also offered a very functional and practical set of females that should be very fertile and easy to raise.
Many repeat buyers were on hand to receive these bulls, with a number going to neighbors in the Bison country. The LaDues are very strong in their belief that these bulls will stand up, and they back this with their guarantee.
Top selling bull of the day honors were shared by two bulls. Lot 301 was a two-year-old sired by SAV Final Answer 0035. He had a 75 pound birth weight, and was a moderately framed bull out of a very productive cow. He weaned at 607 pounds and sold to repeat buyer, Dean LaDue, Keldron, South Dakota, for $10,000.
Also selling at $10,000 was Lot 368, and his new owner is Ted Brockel, Bison, South Dakota. This two-year-old bull was sired by Connealy in Sure 8524 and was out of a Final Answer daughter. With an 85 pound birth weight, he weaned at 630 pounds.
Lot 364 was a two-year-old bull, and he was sired by SAV Priority. Born at 88 pounds, he weaned at 607 pounds, and sold to Ted Brockel for $9,000.
Dale Sprague, Mud Butte, South Dakota, chose Lot 464 at $8,500. Here we had a yearling bull who was sired by Sitz Dash 10277 and out of a Rainmaker daughter. He had an 88 pound birth weight and weaned at 786 pounds to ratio 122. His yearling weight was 1301 pounds to ratio 121.
Lot 450 also sold to Dale Sprague and his selling price was $8,000. This yearling bull was sired by BC Matrix 4132 and was 85 pounds at birth. He weaned at a tremendous weight of 790 pounds to ratio 122.
Dean LaDue paid $9,000 to own Lots 325 and 308. Both were two-year-olds. Lot 325 was sired by SAV Final Answer 0035 and out of a daughter of HLC Big Eye. Born at 75 pounds, he weaned at 660 pounds. Lot 308 was also sired by Final Answer, but he was out of a daughter of EXT. He had a 77 pound birth weight and a weaning weight of 614 pounds.
The replacement heifers were out of sons of Matrix, Final Answer, 616, and Pioneer. These heifers showed a lot of breed character, from their feminine Angus heads to their deep-sided bodies.
The LaDues offered all kinds of food, both before and after the sale. Whenever you are in the Meadow/Bison area, they would be very happy to show you their cow herd and their upcoming crop of bulls. I’m sure some good moisture in this area could have put several hundred dollars on this sale average.