Benda Ranch Simmentals Annual Production Sale
Date: Feb. 10, 2014
Location: Kimball Livestock Exchange, Kimball, S.D.
Auctioneer: Wayne Tupper
Reported by: Susan Cable
Average: 51 bulls – $5,280
Benda Ranch Simmentals and SimAngus held their annual production sale on Feb. 10 at Kimball Livestock Exchange. The day was cold but clear, and a large crowd was on hand to bid on an excellent set of Simmental genetics. Bulls sold to nearly 90 percent repeat customers. The auctioneer was Wayne Tupper.
The high selling bull of the day was Lot 42, a 1/2 blood son of Hart Final Answer. This bull combined some of the best calving ease and growth EPDs in the sale, along with being the highest marbling bull in the offering. He was selected by John Hansen of Gregory, S.D., for $10,000.
Selling for $9,500 was Lot 9, a purebred son of Shear Force. This homozygous black and homozygous polled calving ease and high growth bull was the choice of John Christensen, 3C Christensen Ranch of Wessington, S.D.
Also selling for $9,500 was Lot 11, a fancy 3/4 Olie son with growth, muscle, and plenty of eye appeal. This outstanding bull sold to Wayne Olson of Kimball, S.D.
Next in line was Lot 18, a purebred Mo Better son, that was the #1 weaning weight bull in the sale. Greg Wettlaufer, Winfred S.D., took this bull home for $8,250.
Lot 1, a powerful blaze-face purebred son of Black Diamond, out of the dam of Big Casino, was next, selling to Tom Gorzalka of Clearmont, Wyo., for $8,000.
Rounding out the list of top sellers at $8,000 was one of the first sons of Big Casino to sell, Lot 4, a blaze-face high growth purebred. This bull had a weaning weight ratio of 119. He was chosen by Tyrel Mitchell, TCM Simmentals, of Kadoka S.D.
Volume buyers were Vern Niles of Wessington Springs, Nepodal Land & Cattle of Platte, Trent Strand of Platte, and Brian Leiferman of Kimball. F