Thorson Herefords Annual Production Sale
Date: Feb. 9, 2016
Location: Philip Livestock Auction – Philip, SD
Auctioneer: Seth Weishaar
Reported by: Dan Piroutek
Two-year-old bulls – $4,320
Many repeat buyers were on hand to look at these good two-year-old Hereford bulls. Doug and Nancy Thorson live just northwest of Philip, and that is where these bulls are raised.
Doug believes that, “It starts with the cows!” Udder quality and mothering ability are highly important factors. “There just isn’t time for problems.” Doug wants each purchase of a Thorson Hereford bull to bring an improvement to his customers’ cow herds.
One of Doug’s priorities is longevity. To maintain longevity in your herd, these bulls are not overfed. They are offered in a modestly fleshed condition.
Doug and Nancy have spent a great deal of time in their selection of herd bulls, searching for bulls that can produce maternal females that will stay in the herd. His herd sires include CO L1 Domino 847U, a bull that has consistently sired good bulls and excellent females. Other sires include JA L1 Domino 6001S from Gordon Jamison in Kansas, CO L1 Domino 936W (semen available) and CO L1 Domino 249Z, a son of GB L1 Domino 175E.
The Thorsons have one of the best guarantees out there, and the delivery is free. And… the Thorson bulls just get better every year, with ranchers telling me that these bulls maintain their health and stay active. These are bulls that work.
Top selling bull of the day went to Lot 24, a son of GB L1 Domino 175, and out of a daughter of CO L1 Domino 847. His new owner is Dean Cape, Hot Springs, South Dakota, who paid $8,500. Born at 89 pounds he weaned at 642 pounds. He had good color with EPDs of BW 3.5, WW 54, YW 88, and MILK 29.
Several bulls sold at $6,000. Lot 13, a son of JA L1 Domino 6001, was out of a daughter of JC L1 Domino 4013. With an 87 pound birth weight, he weaned at 635 pounds, and was purchased by Reggie Kennedy of Faith, South Dakota. Lot 2 was the top selection for Roseth Brothers of Midland, South Dakota. Here was a son of CO L1 Domino 847, and out of a daughter of JA L1 Domino 0214. Born at 79 pounds and weaning at 654 pounds, his stats were completed with EPDs of BW 3.1, WW 44, YW 83, and MILK 24.
At $5,500, Mike Gilbertz of White Lake, South Dakota, took home Lot 14. Sired by CO L1 Domino 936, he was out of a daughter of CO L1 Domino 847. Born at 78 pounds, this was a low birth weight bull with generations of calving ease behind him. His EPDs were BW 1.8, WW 34, YW 67, and MILK 22.
David Redding came from Hulett, Wyoming, to purchase Lot 43 at $5,000. Sired by JA L1 Domino 0214, he was out of a daughter of JC L1 Domino 4013. He was born at 87 pounds, and had EPDs of BW 2.9, WW 39, YW 66, and MILK 29.
Give Doug a call. He would like to visit about how Hereford genetics can increase the quality of your cow herd.