Raven Angus Annual Bull Sale
Date: Feb. 25, 2016
Location: at the ranch, east of Colome, S.D.
Auctioneer: Seth Weishaar
Sale Consultant: Chris Earl
Reported by: Dan Piroutek and Scott Dirk
148 reg. yrlg Angus Bulls – $6,737
67 reg. two-year-old Bulls – $5,776
1 “Pick of the registered Open Heifers” – $19,500
70 commercial Open Heifers – $1,300
Raven Angus hosted their biggest crowd ever for their annual production sale. R. J. and Reed Petersek, along with their father, Rod, presented 215 bulls, and every one found a new home.
I’ll never forget the enthusiasm that these boys had at their grandfather Ray’s first sale. That’s what this business is about—enthusiasm—the excitement to produce better cattle, and the pride that comes from their customers’ successes.
The Raven Angus Ranch is located three miles east of Colome, southeast of Winner, South Dakota. They have a large, attractive sale barn. The “pick of the registered replacement yearling heifers” was offered from a large group of half and flush sisters to some of the sale bulls.
This very productive herd has lots of growth and performance, and these cows are bred to be maternal with good udders. The Petersek family is involved in a big way in the commercial cattle business as they feed cattle on the farm and grow their own feed. They bid on many of their customers’ commercial calves each fall.
This was a very fast-paced sale, and it stayed competitive to the very end. Many repeat buyers were on the seats to give Raven Angus this great sale!
Top selling bull of the day was the Lot 2 yearling bull, selling for $32,500, to Brandon Simon, Farley, Iowa. He was Raven Gold Rush 1715, a son of Connealy Gold Rush 026E, and out of a daughter of Sitz Upward 307R. His mother ratioed 110 on three calves. His EPDs were CED 8, BW 1.1, WW 71, YW 108, MILK 20, MARB 0.71, REA 0.50, and $B 150.69. Born at 82 pounds, he weaned at 850 pounds, and grew to a yearling weight of 1,474 pounds.
Ponca Creek Angus from Bonesteel, South Dakota, chose Lot 96, a yearling bull, at $28,000. Named Raven Bullock 2405, this son of Raven Bullock 1693 was out of a daughter of Connealy Thunder who had ratioed 105 on six calves. With an 82 pound birth weight, he weaned at 819 pounds, and reached a yearling weight of 1,512 pounds. With a 15.9 square inch rib eye, he posted an IMF of 4.81 percent. His EPDs were BW 0.9, WW 66, YW 105, MILK 28, MARB 0.58, RE 0.57, and $B 170.37.
Logterman Angus from Kilgore, Nebraska, reached out to purchase Lot 92 at $26,000. Here was a son of Hoover Dam who was out of a daughter of Connealy Toben. He had an 82 pound birth weight, a weaning weight of 807 pounds, and a yearling weight of 1,386 pounds. His scrotal measurement was 41.5 cm.
Lot 25 was another bull that demanded interest. With a final bid of $15,000, the new owners were Dan and Cheryle Valburg from White River, South Dakota. This bull was a son of AAR Ten X 7008SA, and out of a Density daughter who was a Pathfinder. Born at 83 pounds, he weaned at 811 pounds, and posted a yearling weight of 1,553 pounds.
T. J. Gabriel of Deep Creek Angus and Ravellette Cattle bought the pick of the heifer calves at $19,500. Troy Best from Winner, South Dakota, purchased the commercial heifers at $1,300.
Other high selling lots:
Lot 7: Connealy Gold Runsh 026E x BC Matrix 4132, to Kyle Mathis, Winner, South Dakota, at $13,500
Lot 63: Connealy Conservative 3129 x AAR Ten X 7008SA, to Dan Valburg, White River, South Dakota, at $13,000
Lot 49: Raven Powerball 53 x Sitz Upward 307R, to Payer Angus, Wagner, South Dakota, at $12,500
Lot 172: PA Power Tool 9108 x Woodhill Admiral 77K, to Gary Ludemann, Springview, Nebraska, at $13,000
Lot 196: Sitz Superior 10971 x Connealy Tobin, to James Cox, Valentine, Nebraska, at $13,000
Lot 171: PA Power Tool 9108 x BAR ext Traveler 205, to Chad Ludemann, Springview, Nebraska, at $12,500.