Reisig Cattle Annual Production Sale
Date: Apr. 2, 2016
Location: at the ranch, north of Hardin, Montana
Auctioneer: Joe Goggins
Sale Manager: Jeremy Haag of American Angus Hall of Fame
Reported by: Dan Piroutek
Averages: 58 Angus Bulls ave. $5,364
20 Reg. open Angus Heifers ave. $5,700
It was a beautiful spring day as the large crowd began to gather at the Reisig Cattle Ranch north of Hardin, Montana. The facilities were beautiful and quite new, making for a comfortable day. In contrast, one of the highlights was watching an old-time John Deere engine attached to an old-style ice cream maker. You guessed it! We had homemade pie with homemade ice cream for dessert after the delicious lunch. It was great hospitality for me, especially, since this was my first visit to Reisig cattle.
These cattle are really stout-made, with extra thickness. You had to be impressed by the muscle structure and overall quality of this good set of bulls. High performance was evident in both the bulls and the females. The Reisigs use AI from some of the most popular AI sires, and embryo transfer technology from some of their top donor cows to advance their genetics. Dave, Dustin, and Scott Reisig have chosen to use Zoetis i50K genetic technology to guarantee parentage, and as a new tool to aid in animal selection. The catalog was loaded with information.
The bull sale was strong, but the highlight of the day was the auction of the 20 individual yearling heifers that were met with extremely high demand. In fact, the average price of the heifers was higher than that of the bull average.
The top selling bull of the day was Lot 1, one of the very best bulls ever raised in the Reisig Cattle Co. program. Sired by Connealy Imprint 8317, he was out of Buford Elba 9000, a daughter of SAV Bismarck 5682. This heifer bull had tremendous maternal genetics and outstanding eye appeal. Born at 76 pounds, he weaned at 820 pounds and posted a yearling weight of 1463 pounds. He had a scrotal measurement of 43 cm. His EPDs included CED 13, BW 0.2, WW 60, YW 104, and MILK 21. At $26,000, his new owner was Genex from Shawano, Wisconsin.
Lot 36 stayed in Montana when he was purchased for $16,000, by TJS Angus at Lodge Grass, Montana. Sired by SAV Priority 7283, he was out of a daughter of SAV Resource 1441. He entered the world at 84 pounds, weaned at 764 pounds to ratio 109, and reached 1249 pounds as a yearling. His scrotal measurement was 40.1 cm. His final stats included EPDs of BW 3.3, WW 64, YW 113, and MILK 21.
Another bull garnering lots of attention was Lot 7, a son of SAV Resource 1441. His mother was a daughter of N Bar Emulation EXT and a granddaughter of Sitz Traveler 8180. He weighed 82 pounds at birth, weaned at 866 pounds, and reached a yearling weight of 1455 pounds. Completing the package were EPDs of BW 3.2, WW 60, YW 110, and MILK 26. He had a 38.5 cm. scrotal measurement. Dianne Steele from Petaluma, California, was his new owner at $16,000.
Lot 11 went to Kyle, South Dakota, when Mike Vaughn purchased him for $14,000. Quality genetics were really stacked in the pedigree of this bull, beginning with his sire, SAV Resource 1441. His mother was a daughter of SAV Bismarck 5682 and Sinclair Lady. This high producer had a YW EPD of 111 and a MILK EPD of 29.
Buford Ranch, Vinita, Oklahoma, paid $9000 to own Lot 12, a son of SAV Resource 1441, and a full brother to the Lot 11 bull.
The top selling female was Lot 91, going to Ingram Ranch at Franklin, Tennessee, for $18,000. She was a daughter of SAV Resource 1441, and her mother went back to the Sitz Pride family. Her EPDs included BW 2.9, WW 56, YW 110, and MILK 25.
Lot 81 was a full brother to the high selling Lot 1 bull. Sired by Connealy Imprint 8317, her mother was Buford Elba 9000, a daughter of SAV Bismarck 5682. She had the right look, and good numbers with EPDs of BW 1.5, WW 62, YW 103, and MILK 19. She sold for $15,500 to ZWT Ranch, Crossville, Tennesee.
Thanks to the Reisig family for great hospitality and a wonderful trip to Montana.