Spruce Hill Ranch Combined Advantage Angus & Sim-Angus Bull Sale
Date: Feb. 15, 2015
Location: Bowman Auction Market, Bowman, ND
Auctioneer: Lynn Weishaar
Reported by: Dan Piroutek & Chris Effling
Averages: 80 2-yr-old Angus bulls – $6,494
22 2-yr-old Sim-Angus bulls – $5,375
Spruce Hill Angus brought to town an outstanding set of 2-year-old bulls. This was the top cut of their 2013 bull crop, with none of these bulls ever being offered for sale before. Spruce Hill Angus is owned by Bill, Chad, and Michelle Rotenberger and their families. There were registered Angus bulls as well as a top set of Sim-Angus bulls.
These were a well-grown set of bulls. They were really stout and thick-made, packed full of muscle. Spruce Hill decided to flush some of their best cows, and they had several embryo transplant bulls in the sale. Several times during the sale, the flush brothers were offered for sale as a group, and many buyers swept the ring.
The Rotenbergers have used some new sires, which will strengthen the maternal characteristics in their cow herd, especially with the genetics of the Sitz Rainmaker 11127 bull.
It was Sunday, and the large crowd had ample time to walk through the bulls and make their top selections. Lynn Weishaar started the sale briskly when Lot 11, a Rainmaker son, entered the ring, garnering a top bid of $8,750. And then the race was on, with bidders vying for their top selections.
Top selling bull of the day was Lot 2, Spruce Hill Rainmaker 334. This Angus bull was sired by Sitz Rainmaker 11127 and out of Candy Rita. This massive bull was 89 pounds at birth, weaning at 710 pounds He had EPDs of CED 1, BW 3, WW 56, YW 107, MILK 33, and $B 97.52. This bull sold to Thrive Group, Ludlow, South Dakota, for $14,500.
Gilbert Angus, Buffalo, South Dakota, paid $11,000 each for Lot 23 and Lot 26. Both bulls were sired by Granger Great Falls 053.
Lot 23 was out of one of their top donor cows, Spruce Hill 100 Erica 489, and was 92 pounds at birth. He weaned at 702 pounds to ratio 107 and posted a yearling weight of 1176 pound to ratio 110. His EPDs were CED 0, BW 3.7, WW 57, YW 97, and MILK 28.
Lot 26 was out of a Falcon Rockn D 358M cow and was just 80 pounds at birth. He grew well with a weaning weight of 690 pounds to ratio 105. His yearling weight was 1,167 pounds to ratio 109. His EPDs were CED 5, BW 1.4, WW 65, YW 111 and MILK 21.
Lot 15, another son of Granger Great Falls 053, was purchased at $ 10,500 by Gilbert Ranch. Born at 78 pounds, this bull weaned at 743 pounds to ratio 113 and posted a yearling weight of 1,181 pounds to ratio 110. Completing the package were EPDs of CED 4, BW 1.3, WW 68, YW 114 and MILK 29.
Chuck Kerstien, Isabel, South Dakota swept up a bunch of embryo transfers with his purchase of five full brothers in Lots 5, 6, 7, 8, and 9. He paid $9,000 each for these sons of Sitz Rainmaker 11127. Their mother was Spruce Hill Elisa 005, back to Stevenson Bruno. All were born from 75 to 82 pounds and their excellent growth numbers were nearly identical.
The top seller on the Sim-Angus portion of the sale was Lot 109 at $7,250. He headed home with Eddie Beer, Isabel, South Dakota, This homo black bull was sired by HL Formulation 506X and out of a daughter of JF Merit 6185. He was 3/4 Simmental and 1/4 Angus with a birth weight of 88 pounds He weaned at 778 pounds and had a yearling weight of 1,210 pounds
There were 4 lots that sold at $7,000 each. Lot 94 was sired by R&R Chamberlain X744 and out of a JF Merit 6185 daughter, selling to Peggy Mastel, Faith, South Dakota.
Lot 96 was sired by Grinalta’s HP King 126S and out of a daughter of Falcon Rockn D 358M, selling to Jerid Janikowski, Bowman, North Dakota.
Lot 104 was sired by HL Formulation 506X and out of a daughter of Woodhill Foresight, selling to Peggy Mastel, Faith, South Dakota.
Lot 106 was sired by HL Formulation 506X and out of a daughter of Farview Foresight 4105, selling to Greg Wammen, Reva, South Dakota.
Stop by the Rotenbergers to see their cow herd and the bulls they are preparing for next year’s offering. F