McCumber Angus Ranch Annual Production Sale
Date: Mar. 23, 2016
Location: The ranch, Rolette, ND
Auctioneer: Roger Jacobs
TSLN Rep.: Scott Dirk
132 Yearling bulls – $7,542
39 Registered open heifers – $5,250
McCumber Angus Ranch presented another fantastic set of powerful bulls to a totally packed house for their Annual Production Sale on Mar. 23, 2016. Chuck & Gail Tastad along with son and daughter in law Matt & Cynthia and family always present top quality Angus genetics for their sale.
The sale facility at the ranch was again filled with a standing room only crowd of repeat and new buyers that came to purchase seedstock from this operation. On some sales, you can definitely feel a “buzz in the air” from the crowd before the sale starts. This is always one of those types of sales. In a year when the majority of the sales have been off a bit on sale averages, the McCumber Angus Ranch sale was a touch higher this year than last year’s record.
This is an operation with the future of the cattle industry and Angus breed in mind. They have an extensive ET and AI program utilizing the top herd sires available to achieve their goals of breeding excellent mother cows that in turn produce top replacement heifers and herd bulls. In many cases, the top herd sires that work at McCumber Angus were bred and raised at McCumber Angus.
Topping the sale at $50,000 was lot 4, McCumber Unmistakable 524, a Jan. 2015 son of OCC Unmistakable 946U. Performance in a calving ease package, he had 205 day wt. of 830 pounds, 365 day wt. of 1335 pounds, and epds of CED 5 BW .9 WW 54 YW 95 Milk 20 $B 121.31. Arntzen Angus, Hilger, Montana, won the bidding battle for half interest and possession.
Selling at $30,000 was lot 1, McCumber Titanium 5005, a Feb. 2015 son of McCumber Titanium 3127 that has epds of CED 3 BW 2.2 WW 45 YW 89 Milk 28. JR Ranch, Othello, Washington, and Magic Valley Angus, Twin Falls, Idahot, were the buyers.
Lot 7, McCumber Titanium 5197, another Feb. 2015 son of McCumber Titanium 3137 sold to Silas Chapman, Stettler, Alberta, CA for $27,000. This bull had a weaning ratio of 108, yearling ratio of 108 and epds of CED 4 BW 1.3 WW 49 YW 97 Milk 27.
Lot 5, McCumber Titanium 5195, Feb. 2015 son of McCumber Titanium 3137 with epds of CED 0 BW 3.1 WW 53 YW 107 Milk 22, weaning ratio 108, yearling radio 119 sold to Rocky Risse, Martin, South Dakota, for $19,000.
The Canadian firms of Wagner Angus, Moose Jaw, SK and Bar CR Angus, Perdue, SK teamed up to purchase lot 3, McCumber 307 Fortunate 5156, a Feb. 2015 son of McCumber Fortunate 307 for $18,000. This bull has epds of CED 8 BW .4 WW 54 YW 90 Milk 25 with a weaning ratio of 110 and yearling ratio of 107.
Longtime repeat buyer, Joe Bohl, Rugby, North Dakota, purchased two OCC Unmistakable 946U sons at $18,000 each. Lot 10, McCumber Unmistakable 576 had a weaning ratio of 112 and yearling ratio of 109. Lot 12, McCumber Unmistakable 531 weaned off at 116 and had a yearling ratio of 108.
A definite sale feature was the buyer’s choice of two Jan. 2015 flush sisters sired by Sinclair Fortunate 7XT28 and out of the Miss Wix 926 of McCumber donor cow. When Chuck says these are two of the best heifers ever bred on the ranch you can believe it. The heifers have epds of CED 1 BW 2.0 WW 51 YW 93 Milk 24. Sam Buford, Tulsa, Oklahoma, picked lot 139A for $18,000.
The next top selling heifer was lot 140, McCumber Miss Wix 5100 of McCumber, a Jan. 2015 daughter of OCC Unmistakable 946U with epds of CED 1 BW 2.2 WW 59 YW 107. Beare Cattle Farms, Estelline, South Dakota, was the buyer at $12,500.
Even though there was plenty of mud to slop around in, this was one of the nicest days McCumber Angus has had for their sale with plenty of sunshine and the hint of spring in the air.