Beckton Red Angus 2012 Production Sale
Beckton Red Angus held their 67th annual production sale on April 10 at the ranch near Sheridan, WY. Beckton Red Angus is the foundation herd of the Red Angus breed. Started in 1945, it has maintained the longest continuous performance testing and improvement program in the industry.
Beckton Red Angus delivered another set of bulls and heifers that exceeded any other year; like I’ve said before, their cattle are “peas in a pod.” They’ve set another standard in bulls and heifers that are just outstanding from top to bottom. These cattle are great producers from the top all-around carcass sires that combine ribeye and marbling traits with efficiency and calving ease. For years they’ve focused on low maintenance energy requirements, resulting in the lowest average cow maintenance EPD of any major herd. Beckton bulls are leaders in total birth-to-market rate of growth. These bulls will fit into any purebred breeders’ program as well as the commercial cowman’s herd with 67 years of selecting for convenience traits – good dispositions, cowherd fertility, good udders and milk. Cam introduced family members and Colonel Roger Jacobs took the microphone and made for a fast-paced, consistent sale.
Top-selling bull was Lot 1, Beckton Nebula Y317 D3, a March 2011 son of Beckton Nebula P P707, commanded a final bid of $21,000 and went home with Mushrush Red Angus from Strong City, KS. This low-birth, high-performing bull was 77 pounds at birth, weaned at 617 pounds and grew to 1,145 as a yearling. He marked EPDs of BW -2.7, WW 36, YW 78 and Milk 23.
Lot 175, Beckton Nebula Y593 E4, an April 2011 son of Beckton Nebula PJ S543, sold to Pelton Angus from Burdett, KS, for a final bid of $12,500. This nice calving ease bull was 68 pounds at birth, weaned at 641 pounds and went on to weigh 1,131 pounds as a yearling. This bull posted EPDs of BW 4.7, WW 36, YW 70 and Milk 21.
Lot 4, TR Julian YT160, a February 2011 son of Beckton Julian GG B571, sold to Loonan Stock Farm from Corning, IA, for a final bid of $10,000. This bull was 80 pounds at birth, weaned at 649 pounds and went on to 1,172 pounds as a yearling. This bull posted EPDs of BW -5.1, WW 24, YW 48 and Milk 21.
Lot 3, Beckton Nebula Y259 E3, a March 2011 son of Beckton Nebula P P707, sold to Ferdinand Farms from Middleburg, VA for $9,000. This bull had a 106 weaning ratio and 109 yearling ratio, paired with EPDs of BW -3.8, WW 35, YW 76 and Milk 25.
Lot 2, Beckton Nebula Y253 O3, a March 2011 son of Beckton Nebula P P707, sold to Mike Lewis from Edinburg, ND, for a final bid of $8,500. This bull had a weaning ratio of 105 and a yearling ratio of 103. He posted EPDs of BW -4.0, WW 34, YW 58 and Milk 26.
The top two selling heifers both sold to Ferdinand Farms from Middleburg, VA. Lot 301 and Lot 326 sold for $5,750 and $4,500, respectively. Lot 301 is a March 2011 daughter of Beckton Nebula P P707. This heifer marked EPDs of BW -2.8, WW 41, YW 84 and Milk 27. Lot 326 is a March 2011 daughter of Beckton Epic T330 L5 and posted EPDs of BW -5.3, WW 22, YW 45 and Milk 25.
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