Elk Creek Gelbvieh 17th Annual All Black Production Sale
A nice crowd gathered for the Elk Creek Gelbvieh annual production sale. The owners, Phil and Linda VanDervoort and their son, Reed, have stayed with their genetic goals of producing outstanding black polled purebred Gelbvieh genetics for their customers. All bulls purchased at the sale carried a written first breeding season guarantee.
Most of the calf crop was sired by Elk Creek raised herd bulls. They have used line breeding to intensify the genes. This group of bulls was above average in nine different EPD traits: weaning, yearling weights, milk, maternal, scrotal, stayability, marbling, carcass value and feedlot merit.
This was a very active sale with a big share of the offering selling to repeat customers.
The top selling bull of the day was Lot 42U, a two-year-old bull selling for $4,500 to Mike Taubenheim from Amherst, NE. He was sired by Elk Ck Crazy Horse 138P and posted EPDs of +106 CE, +0.2 BW, +41 WW, +83 YW, +17 MILK, +38 TM, and -1.4 GL. He had a 78 pound birth weight, a weaning weight of 631 pounds, and a yearling weight of 1,141 pounds. He was a homozygous polled and homozygous black purebred bull.
Repeat buyer, the Bush Ranch from Pierre, SD, was one of the volume bull buyers, and their top pick was Lot 451W, a yearling son of GRU Elk Dee Jake 744J. At $3,600, he was fourth generation black, attractive and well balanced. This high performance bull began with a 91 pound birth weight. He weaned at 809 pounds and reached a yearling weight of 1,255 pounds, with a scrotal measurement of 40 cm.
Richard Clarys from Richardton, ND was also a volume buyer, taking home four bulls. He made Lot 458U his top choice at $3,400. He was sired by GRU Elk Dee Jake 744J. He had an 85 pound birth weight, a weaning weight of 775 pounds, and he was a two-year-old bull.
Lot 226 W sold for $3,400 to Terry and Bonnie Gladsen from Gillette, WY. This was a stout, thick-topped son of Elk Ck Maverick. He was homozygous black and second generation polled.
Jerry Wulf from Plankinton, SD bought two bulls for $3,400 each. Lot 227W was sired by GRU Elk Dee Jake and carried the highest weaning weight and yearling weight EPDs in the sale. Lot 404W was a son of Kala Elk Buckshot 4001P.
Jay Heetland from Lincoln, MO bought the two top open heifers in Lots 943 and 953 at $1,250.
There were buyers from six states, with several new buyers.
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