Johnson’s J Ranch 41st Annual Bull Sale |

Johnson’s J Ranch 41st Annual Bull Sale

Don Benson, Morristown, S.D.

Date: April 22, 2013

Average: 32 coming 2-year-old Angus bulls – $3,300

Johnson J Ranch, headquartered out of Trial City, S.D. hosted their 41st annual bull sale at Lemmon Livestock. Alan Johnson and family presented a working class set of coming two-year-old bulls in their everyday working clothes.

These bulls are all mainly May and June 2011 born bulls. By calving later in the spring on grass the health of the new born calves is greatly improved by not having to spend their first few months in the cold and stress of winter conditions. Since they calve later, the bulls are held over and sold as virgin coming two-year-olds in a late spring sale.

These bulls had not been pushed at the feed bunk and are in great condition to go out to the breeding pastures and go to work. After weaning, the bulls are fed a high roughage ration, with just enough grain for some added growth. The next summer they are turned out on grass, when the bulls come off grass in November, they go back on a high roughage ration in the dry lot. The end result is a group of bulls that are hard and ready to go to work in the breeding pasture. They will cover more cows than a yearling and with the way they have been developed, will remain sound on their feet and legs.

Topping the sale was lot 2, JJR Final Answer 151Y, a 5/11 son of SAV Final Answer 0035 with EPDs of BW 1.6, WW 48, YW 87, Milk 21. The bull sold to Colin Milliken, Timber Lake, S.D. for $5,500.

Selling at $5,250 was lot 69, JJR Alliance 191Y, a 6/11 son of JJR Alliance 170T with EPDs of BW 2.8, WW 40, YW 71, and Milk 20. Wayne Nelson, Buffalo, S.D. was the buyer.

Lot 67, JJR Alliance 189Y, a 6/11 son of JJR Alliance 170T with EPDs of BW 3.9, WW 40, YW 73, and Milk 18, sold to Roy Schiley, Meadow, S.D. for $5,000.

Lot 12, JJR Front Page 161Y, a 5/11 son of Connealy Front Page sold to Don Benson, Morristown, S.D. at $4,750. This bull posted EPDs of BW 3.1, WW 43, YW 79, and Milk 21.

Also selling at $4,750 was lot 15, JJR Front Page 201Y, another 5/11 Connealy Front Page son. This bull has EPDs of BW 2.5, WW 38, YW 65, Milk 18 and sold to Stuart Simon, Tolstoy, S.D.

Rounding out the top bulls was lot 40, JJR Image Maker 165Y, a 5/11 son of HA Image Maker 0415 with EPDs of BW 1.5, WW 55, YW 93, and Milk 30, selling to Scott Katus, Watauga, S.D. for $4,250.

The dry conditions in the region sure had an effect on this sale with several high quality bulls being left over. If you need a strong aged bull don’t hesitate to get a hold of this outfit.


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