Foos Angus 24th Annual Angus Production Sale
Date: Feb. 13, 2014
Location: Belle Fourche Livestock Exchange
Auctioneer: Lynn Weishaar
Reported by: Dan Piroutek & Scott Dirk
Averages: 39 yearling bulls $4,654
Foos Angus, owned by Bryce and Meghan Foos and Bryce’s mother, Renee, hosted a good crowd for their annual bull sale. The weather was very favorable and helped put the cattlemen in a very positive mood for this sale.
The sale was very aggressive, especially on the bulls that the repeat buyers had picked out. It is truly an impressive crowd of commercial stockmen that choose these Foos bulls every year. The Foos family puts a lot of their own genetics back into their herd to improve consistency.
For the past twenty years the Foos’ have kept back sons of nationally known sires for use in their own herd. They are selected out of cows that Bryce has recognized as the best maternal cows in their herd. The bulls are presented in their natural condition, not pushed for high gain. For Foos Angus, longevity is the key.
The top selling bull of the day was Lot 10, selling for $9,000 to David Donahey, Capitol, Mont. This bull was a son of Foos Right Time 135, going back to VDAR Right Time 3045. Weighing 80 lb. at birth, he was out of a daughter of Crook Mt Really Windy 104. His EPDs were CED 12, BW -0.5, WW 45, YW 68, CEM 8, and MILK 24.
The next high seller, Lot 22, was also purchased by David Donahey, and he paid $8,000 for this good bull. Sired by VDAR Really Windy 8060, he was out of a daughter of WMR Tracker 003. This bull could be used on heifers, as he was born at 80 lb. and posted EPDs of CED 12, BW -0.6, WW 45, YW 79, CEM 10, and MILK 21.
EB Ranch, Broadus, Mont., liked the looks of Lot 39, and paid $7,500 to own him. Sired by Crook Mt Hero 185, he was out of a daughter of B Bar Rainman 985. His dam had ratioed 106 on 5 calves. This bull was born at 80 lb. and weaned at 698 lb. to ratio 112. He had EPDs of CED 7, BW 0.3, WW 46, YW 61, CEM 10, and MILK 22.
Lot 2 was a popular bull with the winning bid of $6,250 coming from Minnesela Cattle Co., Belle Fourche, S.D. Here was a bull with lots of good numbers, and he was sired by Crook MT Windy 91 and out of a daughter of PRA Hero 914. He was 70 lb. at birth and then grew to a weaning weight of 765 lb. to ratio 123. This bull was recommended for heifers and had EPDs of CED 10, BW -0.1, WW 57, YW 83, CEM 10, and MILK 31.
Also selling at $6,250 was the Lot 1 bull, a son of Crook Mt Really Windy 8834 and out of a daughter of Cole Creek Junanada Ridge 65U. Born at 82 lb., he weaned at 670 lb., with EPDs of CED 8, BW 0.7, WW 46, YW 67, and MILK 25. He was purchased by Scot Robinson, Powderville, Mont.
Stop by during the summer to see next year’s bulls, along with these highly maternal cows. Their ranch is one mile west of Nisland, S.D., on Highway 212.