2012 Kopriva Angus Twilight Angus Bull Sale
The Kopriva family, Jim and Karen along with son Lee and daughter Angela, held their annual “Functional, Balanced Trait Angus Bull sale” at the ranch a couple miles north of Raymond, SD on May 17, 2012.
The Kopriva Angus program is based around a solid cowherd developed with functional, balanced traits in a real world environment. The bulls were fed for a high-roughage ration consisting of ground hay, wet distillers and a moderate amount of corn. They gained 3.2 pounds per day without getting fat. Jim believes cattle should work for you, not you work for them. This is a smaller operation that has a great foundation – look for more out of them in future years.
Topping the sale was Lot 1961, KA Alliance Crusher 1961, an April 2011 son of S Alliance Calculator 8220. This bull had a weaning ratio of 110, yearling ratio of 109 and EPDs of BW 2.3, WW 52, Milk 25 and YW 91. Jim Warner, Rockham, SD, was the buyer at $5,600.
Lot 1836, KA Chippawa 1836, an April 2011 son of S Expedition 7403 with EPDs of BW -1.1, WW 41, Milk 27 and YW 68, sold to Keith Kaup, Hoven, SD for $5,000.
Lot 1861, KA Ark Day 1861, an April 2011 son of GDAR Game Day 449 with EPDs of BW -1.4, WW 52, Milk 21 and YW 96, went to Todd Rau, Java, SD for $4,700.
Selling at $4400 was Lot 1972, KA Alliance Answer 1972, an April 2011 son of S Alliance Calculator 8220. This bull has EPDs of BW 4.9, WW 63, Milk 17 and YW 109, and sold to Seefeldt & Sons, Clark, SD.
Herb Jensen, Langford, SD, purchased Lot 191, KA Final Apollo 191 and Lot 1976, KA Final Apollo 1976. Both are March 2011 embryo transfer (ET) brothers sired by SAV Final Answer 0035 and out of the Mock Apollonia C759 donor cow. The bulls have EPDs of B W 0.9, WW 51, Milk 20 and YW 84, and sold for $4,300 and $4,250.
Kopriva Angus are true believers in rangeland stewardship and were recently named the Leopold Conservation Award recipients for South Dakota. The Leopold Conservation Award is presented to farmers and ranchers who demonstrate outstanding conservation in rangeland and water management practices.