Wedge Tent Ranch 12th Annual Angus Bull Sale
Date: Apr. 27, 2016
Location: Lemmon Livestock, Lemmon, South Dakota
Auctioneer: Doug Dietterle, Meadow, South Dakota
Reported by: Dan Piroutek
30 yrlg Angus Bulls – $4,285
17 two-year-old Angus Bulls – $4,491
47 Total Angus Bulls – $4,359
Wedge Tent Ranch hosted their annual bull sale at Lemmon Livestock. 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. There was a really nice crowd, despite a wet spring snow that made traveling a bit of a test.
They have a purpose driven herd of Angus cattle, and that is to turn grass into beef in a very efficient manner. They select for low input, sound, fertile cattle, breeding for low birth weight. Bart and Shannon keep docile cows that can graze all year long with only a little supplement in the winter if necessary.
Paying attention to the EPD of $EN, which relates to dollar savings, their herd is in the top 10 percent of the Angus breed. They select cattle that will flesh easily on grass.
Many repeat buyers were on hand for a very fast-paced and competitive auction.
Top selling bull of the day was Lot 52, selling for $8,000 to Pete McFarland from Newcastle, Wyoming. This two-year-old bull was sired by WT Worth It 81, and out of a Michael bred dam. He was calving ease with only a 75 pound birth weight.
Lot 59 sold for $8,000 to Jody Brown from Faith, South Dakota. He was sired by WT Homeland 82 and out of a daughter of Connealy Danny Boy. With a 77 pound birth weight, he weaned at 636 pounds to ratio 112. His yearling weight ratio was 115. The EPDs for this 2-year-old are CED 9, BW -0.6, WW 33, YW 59, MILK 15, and $EN 25.06.
Ryan Beer from Lemmon, South Dakota, chose Lot 57 at $7,750. Here was another 2-year-old, and he was also sired by WT Homeland 82. He was out of a daughter of Connealy Freightliner who had ratioed 111 on three calves. Born at 91 pounds, he weaned at 658 pounds to ratio 116.
Another bull that caught the eye of many of the bidders was Lot 54. With a final bid of $6,750, Drew Anderson from Lemmon, South Dakota, was the winning bidder. This good looking bull was sired by WT Homeland 82, and out of a Michael bred cow. He entered the world at 83 pounds and weaned at 623 pounds to ratio 110. His EPDs included CED 11, BW -1.5, WW 28, YW 52, MILK 17, and $EN 26.30.
J. T. Vig from Opal, South Dakota, purchased Lot 34, a yearling bull, at $6,500. He was a son of WT Beaver Creek 118, and out of a daughter of Cole Creek Cedar Ridge IV. He had a 72 pound birth weight and a weaning weight of 683 pounds to ratio 119. His EPD for CED was 10 with a BW EPD of 0.2.
This was a good day for this young ranch family with many neighbors and repeat customers buying their bulls.