Thorson Herefords Annual Production Sale
Date: Feb. 10, 2015
Location: Philip Livestock Auction – Philip, SD
Auctioneer: Seth Weishaar
Reported by: Dan Piroutek
Averages: 42 Two-year-old Hereford bulls – $6,589
It was a crowded place at Philip Livestock with many repeat buyers plus a host of new people looking for good Hereford genetics. It was a very competitive auction for these good 2-year-old bulls, and It was their best sale ever.
Doug and Nancy Thorson live just northwest of Philip and this was their tenth annual sale, but they have been in the Hereford business for many years. They work to maintain a strong maternal cow herd that will thrive on the Northern Plains. They keep only the cows that will work. He breeds for moderate birth weight and excellent udders on the females. His main slogan is, “It all starts with the cows.”
Doug does not believe in overfeeding his bulls, and they are presented in relatively modest condition. He uses herd bulls like JC L1 Domino and CO 1 Domino 847 to add longevity and efficiency to the cow herd.
The Thorsons have one of the best guarantees out there, and the delivery is free. The Thorson bulls just get better every year, and ranchers tell me that these bulls maintain their health and stay active on their ranches. These are bulls that work.
Top selling bull of the day honors were shared by two bulls, Lot 1 and Lot 5, each selling for $9,000.
Lot 1 sold to Tom Davis, Belle Fourche, S.D. Sired by JA L1 Domino 6001, he was out of a 10-year-old commercial cow. Born at 82 pounds, he posted a rib eye ratio of 113.
Also selling at $9,000 was Lot 5, headed to the Fred McPherson Ranch out at Whitewood, S.D. This son of JA L1 Domino 6001 was born at 96 pounds, weaned at 636 pounds, with EPDs of BW 4.2, WW 51, YW 72, and MILK 22.
Chuck Willard, Belvidere, S.D. bought Lot 35 at $8,500. He was a son of JA L1 Domino 0214 and out of a daughter of CO L1 Domino 847. He had an 85 pounds birth weight and a weaning weight of 640 pounds His EPDs were BW 2.9, WW 47, YW 72, and MILK 28.
Lot 34 also sold for $8,500. His new owner was Mike Gilbertz, White Lake, S.D. Here was a son of JA L1 Domino 0214 who was out of a daughter of L1 Domino 07473. He had a 79 pound birth weight and a 39.6 cm. scrotal measurement. His EPDs were BW 2.2, WW 40, YW 73, and MILK 21.
Another bull that drew some attention was Lot 3, selling for $8,250 to Kent Lahren, Mobridge, S.D. This son of JA L1 Domino 6001 was out of a daughter of JC L1 Domino 4013. His EPDs were BW 1.2, WW 37, YW 53, and MILK 24.
Lot 16 sold for $8,250 to Tucker Smith, Cottonwood, S.D. He was by CL 1 Domino 34 and out of a cow by JC L1 Domino 4013P. He was a big bull with lots of growth, and a scrotal measurement of 40.0 cm.
Give Doug a call. He would like to visit about how Hereford genetics can increase the quality of your cow herd.