Pieper Red Angus 25th Annual Performance Leader Production Sale
Date: Apr. 1, 2016
Location: at the ranch, east and south of Hay Springs, Neb.
Auctioneer: Ty Thompson, Billings, Mont.
Reported by: Dan Piroutek
15 Reg. Red Angus Herd Bull Prospects – $27,233
132 Reg. Red Angus Range Bulls – $6,598
72 Reg. Red Angus Yrlg Open Heifers – $2,588
44 Reg. Fall Calving Cows – $3,084
205 Commercial Red Angus Open Heifers – $2,013
Pieper Red Angus, owned by Mark and Deb Pieper and Tate Pieper, hosted a huge crowd for their annual spring production sale on a cool sunny spring day. This is a Red Angus herd with built-in performance. Many repeat commercial buyers gathered for this sale, but this year there was an extremely competitive level of bidding from registered breeders from all across the nation. Another sale highlight was the auction of the commercial open Red Angus heifers.
The cattle have a tremendous amount of eye appeal, with a lot of natural thickness and muscle bred in. The Pieper cattle are really good, but there is also a level of service that goes with this program that is hard to imitate. Mark Pieper buys many commercial cattle for himself, and for many others. He pays attention when his customers sell their calves.
Top selling bull of the day was Lot 2, PIE Just Right 540, selling for $96,000 to ST Genetics, Navasota, Texas. He was a son of PIE The Cowboy Kind 343, and out of a Conquest daughter with an MPPA of 106. His EPDs were CED 10, BW -3.3, WW 76, YW 119, MILK 16, MARB 0.68, and REA 0.46. Born at 71 pounds, he weaned at 793 pounds to ratio 115, and posted a yearling weight of 1355 pounds to ratio 112.
Crump Land and Livestock from Gillette, Wyoming, topped their purchases with Lot 7, PIE Sensation 591, at $40,000. Here was a son of PIE One of a Kind who was out of a Saga daughter who had an MPPA of 105.2. His EPDs were CED 10, BW -4.2, WW 82, YW 124, and MILK 18. With only a 65 pound birth weight, he weaned at 778 pounds, and grew to a yearling of 1,321 pounds to ratio 109.
Rhodes Red Angus from Faulkton, South Dakota, chose Lot 1 at $33,000. This son of Andras New Direction R240 was out of a daughter of Saga. Entering the world at 75 pounds, he weaned at 728 pounds, and reached a yearling weight of 1,288 pounds.
Other High Selling Lots:
Lot 3: PIE One of a Kind x Red Northline Trueblood to Crump Land and Livestock, Gillette, Wyoming, at $27,500.
Lot 4: Andras Fusion R236 x LSF Sand Hills to Lee’s Cattle Co., Brush, Colorado, at $25,000.
Lot 6: Andras New Direction x C-Bar Colt 121-Y to Randy McEntire, Sweetwater, Oklahoma at $23,500.
Lot 11: LSF Saga x Loosli Hobo 922 to Crump Land and Livestock, Gillette, Wyoming, at $22,000.
Lot 17: Pie One of a Kind x Red SSS OLY 554T to Bradbury Land and Cattle, Byers, Colorado at $20,000.
The females had a good look to them, and some folks came just to bid on them. The top sellers were two fall calving cows, Lots 160 and 161, selling for $6,750 each. Lot 160 was sired by HXC Conquest 4405P and out of PIE Rosie 8191, a cow with a lot of milk who is a daughter of Lucht Grand Canyon S41. She sold to Chad Ledbetter, Okmulgee, Oklahoma.
Lot 161 was sired by Basin Hobo 3003 and out of a high milk producing daughter of TKP Bodacious 693. Her new owner was David St-ly of Haswell, Colorado.
Lot 201 was the top selling heifer calf at $6,600. This class replacement heifer will become part of the herd for Kirk Otte, Gordon, Nebraska. She was sired by LSF TBJ Lumberjack and out of a daughter of HXC Conquest 4405P.