Larsen Angus Ranch—42nd Annual Production Sale
-Sale Summary –
Date: Mar. 28, 2016
Location: At the ranch, southeast of Forsyth, Montana
Auctioneer: Roger Jacobs
Reported by: Dan Piroutek
118 yrlg Angus Bulls ave. $5,521
It was a cool day, but the sun was shining, and folks had plenty of quality time to look through the various pens of bulls that were on display around the comfortable sale barn. By sale time a big crowd had assembled, and they were ready to bid aggressively on these good, tough bulls.
Larsen Ranch consists of the Jim Larsen, Tyler Larsen, and the Lafe Warren families. They are all involved, and they all work hard. This was a very strong sale—consistent from start clear to the end.
Several FFA students were around the sale, welcoming folks and visiting about their activities. The local FFA, consisting of about 20 members, came to the ranch the previous Friday to set up cattle pens, and help with the enormous task of getting the ranch ready for the Monday sale. They will return on Tuesday to put everything back for actual ranch activities. In turn, Larsen Ranch donates to the local FFA scholarship and activity fund. This appears to be an excellent plan for both the FFA and Larsen Ranch.
The Larsen cattle are bred to withstand the eastern Montana environment, both summer and winter. They have extra depth of body, plus thickness. It was interesting to me that some of the favorite bulls were sired by resident herd bulls that were bred in this herd. I thought the calves sired by Larsen Trailhead were especially good.
Top selling bull of the day was Lot 15, selling for $10,500 to Kolb Angus Ranch from Hysham, Montana. This bull was sired by Connealy Black Granite, and out of a daughter of Rockin Horse Tailor Made, going back to HA Image Maker. Born at 85 pounds, he weaned at 746 pounds, and reached a yearling weight of 1309 pounds. His EPDs were CED 10, BW 0.2, WW 56, MILK 33, and YW 101. He had a 40.4 cm. scrotal measurement, and an IMF of 4.16% to ratio 122.
Lot 46, a son of Larsen Right Answer 39L and out of a daughter of Sitz Rainmaker 11127, also sold for $10,500. Born at 71 pounds, he grew well and achieved weaning and yearling weights of 756 pounds and 1342 pounds. His EPDs were CED 12, BW -2.3, WW 53, MILK 31, and YW 103. He had a 14.9 square inch rib eye, and sold to Lafe Warren of Forsyth, Montana.
Lots of hands were waving when Lot 1 came up on the video screen. This bull had a good look. Sired by Larsen Trailhead 36M, a son of S Chisum 6175, he was out of a daughter of SAV Pioneer 7301. He entered the world at 88 pounds, weaned at 790 pounds, and grew to a yearling weight of 1427 pounds. His EPDs included BW 2.3, WW 66, MILK 27, and YW 118. He had a 14.3 square inch rib eye, along with a $Beef of 153.7. At $10,000, he sold to Mallett Cattle at Powderville, Montana.
Lot 7 was swept up by Peter Davidson of Burlington, Wyoming. His purchase price was $9,250. His heritage included S Summit 956, going back to GDAR Game Day 449, as his sire, with SAV Bismarck 5682 on the dam’s side. Born at 76 pounds, he weaned at 738 pounds, and grew to a yearling weight of 1308 pounds. His EPDs were CED 10, BW 0.5, WW 65, MILK 30, and YW 114.
Lot 2 was another bull sired by Larsen Trailhead 36M, and he sold for $9,000 to Terry Patterson of Forsyth, Montana. Out of a daughter of SAV Bismarck 5682, he was 91 pounds at birth. He weaned at 735 pounds and posted a yearling weight of 1389 pounds. Completing the package was a rib eye measuring 15.1 square inches, and EPDs of CED 8, BW 1.8, WW 63, MILK 25, YW 110, and $Beef 145.3
Also at $9,000, Lot 3 was purchased by Melvin Wolenetz & Sons, Inc., of Baker, Montana. His pedigree was similar to Lot 2, but he had a lighter birth weight at 78 pounds. He weaned at 734 pounds before reaching 1307 pounds as a yearling. He had a 40.8 cm. scrotal measurement, a 14.1 square inch rib eye, and EPDs of CED 11, BW -0.4, WW 64, MILK 25, YW 109, and $Beef 141.06. He was sired by Larsen Trailhead 36M.