Wilken Angus Annual Production Sale: Your Connection to Proven Profitable Genetics
Date: May 2, 2015
Location: Faith Livestock Commission Co., Faith, SD
Auctioneer: Doug Dietterle
Reported by: Dan Piroutek and Scott Dirk
Average: 155 ylg and 2-yr-old Angus Bulls, $5,168
Gary and Lori Wilken, along with their large, hardworking family, hosted a big crowd for their annual bull sale. This family from Meadow, South Dakota, has earned the trust of a large contingent of Midwestern commercial cattlemen.
Wilkens have built their reputation on producing high maternal value—calving ease bulls who yet have performance and carcass traits. All of the bulls are AI sired, which leads to the absolute fertility of this herd.
Many repeat buyers were on hand for this sale, as it was a full house at Faith Livestock. The Wilkens are very selective in their choices of very high accuracy AI sires for their herd. It is like a “who’s who” of Angus sires when you browse the catalog and make your selections at Wilken Angus.
A very active and steady sale took place, with calving ease bulls still in high demand.
Top selling bull of the day was Lot 409, a March yearling son of AAR Ten X 7008 SA. He was out of a Game Day daughter and sold for $12,000 to Floyd Cammack, Union Center, South Dakota. Born at 70 pounds, he had weaning and yearling ratios of 110. He scanned a 16 sq. in. rib eye, and had an IMF ratio of 111. He had a 41.5 cm. scrotal measurement.
Lot 3136 sold for $11,000 to Floyd Cammack. This bull was sired by Hoover Dam and out of a Bar EXT daughter who had an MPPA of 102. With a 72 pound birth weight, he had a weaning ratio of 105. This April two-year-old had a February weight of 1745 pounds.
Lot 414, a March yearling bull, sold to Gerald Booth, Timber Lake, South Dakota, for $9,000. Sired by Barstow Cash, he was out of a two-year-old daughter of Rito 6I6. He hit the ground at 80 pounds and grew to a weaning weight of 702 pounds to ratio 112. This recommended calving ease heifer bull scanned a rib eye of 15.6 sq. in. and had an IMF ratio of 123.
Mason Dietterle chose Lot 410 at $9,500. This son of AAR Ten X 7008 SA was out of a Game Day daughter, going back to Bon View New Design 208. Born at 75 pounds, he had a weaning ratio of 107 and a yearling ratio of 112.
Lot 438 commanded some attention, and with a final bid of $9,000, Donald Tomac, Keldron, South Dakota, became his new owner. He was a son of Connealy Confidence 0100 and out of a daughter of SAV Final Answer. With only a 70 pound birth weight, his weaning weight ratio was 108.
Shane Grubl, Red Owl, South Dakota, selected Lot 477 at $9,000. Here was a son of Connealy Earnan 076E who was out of a daughter of Rito 6I6. This performance bull weaned at 771 pounds and reached a yearling weight of 1311 pounds to ratio 116.
Keckler Angus Ranch, Eagle Butte, South Dakota, bought Lot 478 at $8,500. He was another son of Connealy Earnan, and he was out of a Bushwacker daughter. He weaned at a whopping 811 pounds to ratio 129, and he posted a yearling weight of 1,315 pounds.
Repeat buyer, Ron Linn, Dupree, South Dakota, purchased Lot 4109 at $8,500. He was by Final Answer and out of a four-year-old cow by Mytty In Focus.
This was a very good sale for the Wilken family, and they offer outstanding hospitality and food to their customers and friends on sale day…..and throughout the year. I still can’t help but feel we would have sold these bulls a lot higher if the recent moisture would have arrived before their sale. Next year!!