Wedge Tent Ranch 11th Annual Angus Bull Sale
Date: Apr. 29, 2015
Location: Lemmon Livestock, Lemmon, South Dakota.
Auctioneer: Doug Dietterle
Reported by: Dan Piroutek
Averages: 44 Angus Bulls ave. $6,875
The prescription was ready for this 11th Annual Angus Bull Sale! Wedge Tent Ranch is located north of Faith, South Dakota and is owned by Bart and Shannon Carmichael and their children: Kenny, Karisa, Kaeli, and Kyler. This sale has a life of its own, as the Carmichael family sells a breeding philosophy with their bulls. Their idea is to turn grass into beef…..and sell it! Their goal is to produce cattle that will thrive on forage alone, and deliver a good calf in the fall with very low labor. They also expect no calving problems.
There was a big crowd on hand, and the competition was very heavy. Many repeat buyers were there as proof that this program is working. This was the best sale ever for this grass based operation.
Top selling “bull of the day” honors were shared by two bulls, with Lot 38 and Lot 49 selling for $10,000 each. Lot 38 was a son of WT Titan and out of a daughter of OCC Missing Link 830M. He had a 69 pound birth weight and a weaning weight ratio of 117. He had weaned off his mom at 69% of her weight. He sold to McFarland Land and Trust, Newcastle, Wyoming.
The other $10,000 bull, Lot 49, sold to Jody Brown, Faith, South Dakota. This son of PCC Colorado Hunter 1062P was out of a daughter of PCC Colorado Hunter 1062P. Born at 78 pounds, he had a weaning weight ratio of 105.
Repeat buyer, Ryan Vig, Opal, South Dakota, topped his purchases with Lot 25 at $9,500. This son of WT Beaver Creek 118 was out of a daughter of Dunlouise Jipsey Earl. Born at 74 pounds, he was a recommended calving ease bull.
Earl Maier, Faith, South Dakota., chose Lot 55 at $9,500. Sired by WT Homeland 82, he was out of a daughter of OCC Missing Link 830M. With a 65 pound birth weight, he had the highest yearling weight ratio at 113.
Ryan Vig also selected Lot 24 at $9,000. This bull was another son of WT Beaver Creek 118. He was out of a Dunlouise Jipsey Earl bred dam and was 65 pounds at birth. His mother was a two-year-old heifer.
J.T. Vig, Opal, South Dakota., bought Lot 4 at $9,000. Here was a son of OCC Missing Link 830M who was out of a daughter of Pinebank Waigroup 41/97. He had a 79 pound birth weight and a weaning weight ratio of 101.
Lot 37 headed home with Kevin Groves, Faith, South Dakota. This son of WT Titan was out of a daughter of WT Herdsire. With a birth weight of 83 pounds, he weaned at 623 pounds to ratio 113. He had a yearling weight ratio of 105 and sold for $8500.
This was a great day for this young ranch family with many neighbors and repeat customers buying their bulls.