26th Annual Sletten Angus Production Sale
Date: Feb. 10, 2014
Location: Faith Livestock Commission, Faith, S.D.
Auctioneer: Ty Thompson
Reported by: Dan Piroutek
64 ylg bulls: $4,503
40 ylg open commercial heifers: $1,481
Faith Livestock was the place to be to stock up on good Sletten Angus genetics. A big crowd of neighbors, repeat buyers, and a few new faces gathered to evaluate these bulls and make their selections. John, Tammy and daughter Jessica Sletten had once again brought a good set of Angus bulls to town
John strives to maintain a cow herd that produces calves that can grow to market. And he wants bulls that will carry on the strong measureable EPD traits that are desired by his customers. The Slettens raise bulls that are sound, fertile, and efficient – bulls that can insure profitability for the cattleman.
Top selling bull of the day was the first bull in the ring – Lot 1. This powerful performance bull was in the top 1 percent in Weaning Weight, Yearling Weight, and in his Milk EPD. And to top that, he had a 15.7 sq. in. ribeye. Sired by RB Active Duty 010, he was out of a daughter of TC Total 410. Born at 84 lb., he weaned at 804 lb., and grew to a yearling weight of 1444 lb. His EPDs included BW 2.7, WW 74, MILK 33, YW 132, and $Beef 89.73. It cost $ 10,500 for Buck Ward, Timber Lake, S.D., to own this bull.
Lot 7 was another high seller – a smaller birth weight, but he really grew. This bull was sired by RB Active Duty 010 and out of a daughter of Rito 1I2 of 2536 Rito 6I6. His birth weight was 72 lb., he weaned at 704 lb., and posted a yearling weight of 1,392 lb. His scrotal measurement was 39.48 cm. with a ribeye of 15.5 sq. in. and a calving ease (CE) score of 10.
His EPDs were BW -0.2, WW 65, MILK 26, YW 124, and $Beef 87.40. John Kari, Bison, S.D., purchased this bull at $8,750.
The first pen of bulls also held Lot 26, a son of Silveiras Conversion 8064 who was out of a daughter of Mytty In Focus. This bull was the biggest bull in the sale, and Keith Gaaskjolen, Meadow, S.D., paid $8,500 for him. He hit the ground at 87 lb. and kept growing to wean at 833 lb., with a weaning weight ratio of 114. His yearling weight is 1,484 lb., with a ribeye measurement of 17.6 sq. in. His EPDs were BW 2.2, WW 67, MILK 25, YW 122, and $Beef 109.86.
Buck Ward made another good purchase with Lot 4 at $8,000. Born at 74 lb., he was sired by RB Active Duty 010 and out of a daughter of LHR Pikes Peak 1138. He weaned at 737 lb., weighing 1,388 lb. as a yearling. With a 40.64 cm. scrotal measurement, he posted EPDs of BW 0.2, WW 64, MILK 27, YW 124, and $Beef 77.95.
The gavel fell at $7,250 with Lot 12 heading to the Dan Jordon Ranch, Faith, S.D. This son of VDAR Really Windy 4097 was out of a daughter of Rito 1/2 of 2536 Rito 6I6. Posting another strong weaning weight, this bull had good stats across the board. Born at 85 lb., he weaned at 829 lb. and grew to 1,423 lb. as a yearling. His EPDs were BW 0.9, WW 66, MILK 21, YW 105, $Beef 83.21. He had a calving ease score of 10.
There was good demand on the commercial Angus heifers.
John wanted to help the cattlemen with upcoming Valentine’s Day, so he sent each bull buyer home with a rose.