Kopriva Angus “Twilight Angus Bull Sale”
Date: May 16, 2013
Location: Raymond, SD
Average: 29 bulls – $3,017
The Kopriva Family held their annual bull sale at their farm on May 13. A good crowd gathered to inspect and buy from this high quality performance selected set of bulls. This outfit has sure worked hard to improve their cattle over the last few years and have used some of the top AI sires in the Angus Breed along with an embryo transfer program featuring some very elite females.
These bulls were a real performance set and along with the top blood lines the Kopriva’s furnished; as complete a set of performance records as it is possible to collect. They have strived for balance trait Angus, moderate in size, strong on fertility, and low labor cattle that consistently turn a profit. Special effort is to produce cattle that have a strong maternal trait, especially sound udders.
The top selling bull was lot 2089 a bull out of the ET program that was sired by GDAR Game Day 449 and out of the pathfinder dam Appollucky, who is a direct descendent of Bon View New Design 878 and a daughter of the foundation cow MOGCK Appollonia C759. He was a balance trait bull with length, thickness, and plenty of eye appeal. He sold to KELMCC Angus, Turner, MT, for a bid of $6,000.
Cory Eberhart, Java, SD, selected lot 29 KA 410 Timeless 29 a son of WMR Timeless 458 for a final bid of $4,600. This stout, March 27, 2012 calf sure had impressive performance as he posted a 105 ratio at weaning, 109 as a yearling and had an ADG ratio of 114. His EPDs were +60 for WW and +114 for YW.
Gene Raap, Pierpoint, SD, purchased the third highest selling bull for $4,200. He was lot 20836, KA Whisper the Answer 20836. This calving ease bull had a BW EPD of -1.1 and an actual BW of 63 pounds. He weighed off his 2-year-old dam with a 726 pound weaning weight (without creep) and posted a 116 WW ratio. He was sired by Connealy Answer 71 and was out of a MOCK Whispering Wind 584 daughter.
Lot 281 KA MR Esso 281 was another product of the Kopriva ET program. He was a calving ease bull with plenty of performance sired by Shipwheel Chinook and out of the pathfinder donor dam S Queen Essa 208 an own daughter of Leadman Right Time. Garth Waltich, Eden, SD, paid $3,700 for his selection of this top prospect. Waletich also selected two more full brothers of this bull to use in his operation.
Logan Clemensen, Conde, SD, paid $3,600 to own lot 207 KA Jipsey Timeline 207. This top performance bull was a son of CAR Timeline 094 and out of a daughter of Dunlouise Jipsey Earl E161. He attained a WW ratio of 121, yearling weight ratio of 113 and gain ratio of 105. He was a deep ribbed, thick bull that scanned well.
This was a good solid sale for an up and coming Angus operation.