Barenthsen-Bullinger Red Angus, “Red Angus Factory of the North” 15th Annual Production Sale
Date: Feb. 19, 2014
Location: At the ranch, east and north of Powers Lake, N.D.
Auctioneer: Seth Weishaar
Reported by: Dan Piroutek
73 Yearling bulls: $5,551
12 Registered bred heifers: $4,500
11 Registered open heifers: $1,981
27 Commercial open heifers: $1,692
Barenthsen-Bullinger Red Angus hosted a big crowd on a very nice winter day in northern North Dakota. This is a beautiful ranch headquarters with excellent facilities to showcase their cattle. These cattlemen recognize the importance of performance to the commercial producer and its impact on their profitability. Beyond performance, they understand that the females with good dispositions, good feet and udders, and calving ease, are the cornerstones to productive cattle operations.
Mark Barenthsen is well-respected in this area, and a friend to many people as he called almost every buyer by name when each made their purchases. This was a very fast-paced sale as the many repeat buyers bid right up on the bulls that they wanted.
The top selling bull of the day was Lot 23 selling for $13,000 to O.K. Cattle Co., Towner, N.D. Here was a son of Larson Sun King 016, and out of a daughter of 5L Expedition. He had EPDs of BW -0.2, WW 60, YW 98, MILK 25, TM 56, MARB 0.61, and REA 0.11. He had a 92 lb. birth weight, and a weaning weight of 658 lb.
The Lot 12 bull sold for $11,000 to the Steppler Ranch, Culbertson, Mont. This son of Messmer Packer S008 was out of a daughter of 5L Heavens Summit. He had EPDs of BW -2.8, WW 68, YW 104, MILK 13, TM 47, STAY 13, and MARB 0.58. He had a 76 lb. birth weight, and a weaning weight of 693 lbs.
Jesse Jordan, Rugby, N.D., bought Lot 3 at $10,000. He was sired by C-Bar Anticipation 101W, and out of a daughter of PIE Venture. This was a dark red, heavy-muscled bull with an 87 lb. birth weight and a weaning weight of 635 lb.
Lot 4 sold to John Berg, Williston, N.D., for $10,000. Born at 89 lb., he was by Feddes Direct King 7144. He weaned at 662 lb. This bull ranks in the top 1 percent for MILK, 2 percent TM, and 9 percent REA. He looks like a herd bull.
Kevin Nelson, Richland, Mont., chose Lot 15 at $9,500. He was by Messmer Packer, and out of a daughter of Feddes Big Sky with an MPPA of 104. He had EPDs of BW -2.7, WW 63, and YW 96. He had a 77 lb. birth weight and a weaning weight of 712 lb.
The gavel fell once again at $9,500, and Lot 16 sold to Scott Fladeland, Ross, N.D. He was also by Larson Sun King 016. Out of a daughter of Glacier Chateau, this bull was expected to pass along strong maternal genetics. His EPDs included BW -1.3, WW 66, YW 109, MILK 23, and TM 56.
The top-selling bred heifer sold for $7,500. She was Lot 83 by Feddes Direct King and bred to Feddes Big Horn. Top-selling open heifer was Lot 100, selling for $4,500 to Mike Kueffler, Grenora N.D.
This is a long trip for us, but these folks make you feel right at home with their hospitality. They served an excellent BBQ beef sandwich with bread and butter pickles, as well as a tasty apple crisp.