MacDonald Ranches Performance Power Sale
Date: March 10, 2015
Location: Kist Livestock Auction, Mandan, N.D.
Auctioneer: Al Conover
TSLN Reps: Scott Dirk, Rowdy Benson
125 Saler/Optimizer bulls – $6,862
9 Angus bulls –$7,056
14 replacement heifers – $3,464
86 commercial bred cows – $2,928
It was a fine glimpse of springtime at the MacDonald Ranches Performance Power 2015 Sale at Kist Livestock Auction in Mandan, N.D. There were a lot of cattle in the offering of top quality Salers and Optimizer genes to boost or enhance anybody’s carcass traits. These bulls were all deep, thick, and good haired while supporting a heavy muscled hindquarter. People were packed to the rafters and the bidding was phenomenal as Auctioneer Al Conover kept everybody well entertained and on track. When the bidding started on every lot it looked like popcorn kernels bouncing in a hot kettle. Here is how the top end shook out:
Topping the sale was Lot 100, Mac Black Jack 25B, purchased by Bruce Thurgood from Thermopolis, Wyoming, for $15,500. This Coleman Regis 904 son was an optimizer bull with EPDs of BW -0.7, WW 52, YW 97, and Milk 23. He was born Feb. 11, 2014, weighing 76 pounds and had an Adj. 205 day weight of 686 pounds.
Lot 161, Mac Barnabas 158B, a full-blooded Angus bull out of Basin Excitement sold to Wes Jenson of Circle, Montana, for $13,000. His EPDs are BW -0.7, WW 66, YW 113, and Milk 23. He was born March 8, 2014, tipping the scale at 71 pounds with an Adj. 205 day of 740 pounds.
Lot 53, Mac Red Baron 49B, another optimizer bull sold to Elm Creek Ranch from Wibaux, Montana, for $13,000. This Big Sky Evidence 53Y son was a born Feb. 15, 2014, weighing 81 pounds with an Adj. 205 day weight of 627 pounds. This deep-sided, well-muscled rascal posted EPDs of BW 1.8, WW 42, YW 80, and Milk 45.
Lot 104, Mac F1 Barry 36B, another Coleman Regis 904 optimizer son sold for $12,500 to TB Salers of Dante, S.D. His EPDs included BW -1.8, WW 49, YW 92, and Milk 47. He was born Feb. 13, 2014, weighing 69 pounds and posted an Adj. 205 day weight of 672 pounds. He was a full brother to Lot 100.
Selling for $12,000 was Lot 63, Mac Bandana 292B, to Hamond Cattle Company from Hardin, Mont. This Opp Eliminator 038X son was born March 24, 2014, weighing 78 pounds and has an Adj. 205 day weight of 699. He posted EPDs of BW 1.2, WW 54, YW 99, and Milk 52.
Again selling at $12,000 was Lot 86, Mac Buchanan 371B, purchased by Alan Hougen of Melstone, Montana. This AVS Out West 210X son posted EPDs BW 2.7, WW 54, YW 100, and Milk 52. He was born March 31, 2014, weighing 95 pounds with an Adj. 205 day weight of 695 pounds.
The third bull selling at $12,000 was Lot 142, Mac F1 Burbank 373B, heading to Dickinson, N.D., with Bob Steffan. Sired by Mac Yardstick 160Y and born March 31, 2014, weighing 95 pounds and has an Adj. 205 day weight of 739 pounds. His EPDs include BW 2.7, WW 68, YW 124, and Milk 58.