Larsen Ranch Angus 39th Annual Production Sale
May 28, 2013
Date: March 25, 2013
Location: at the ranch, Rosebud, MT
Average: 93 Yearling Angus Bulls – $3,433
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It was a beautiful, spring day to walk through the pens and appreciate the complete line up of top quality Angus bulls offered by the Larsen family. The bulls were in optimum condition and very uniform throughout. There was a complete line up of genetic influences, to fit any producer's needs, with the Upward, Really Windy and Chisum sons among the favorites.
Since 1949, the Larsen family has been raising registered Angus cattle and striving to find the type and kind that excel in the Western states environment. Their philosophy is to run fertile, low birth weight, high maternal, low maintenance Angus cattle with extra muscle, fleshing ability and performance. In other words, a cow that will wean off a big calf each year, without any extra help. Those cows are the foundation of the Larsen herd and the dams of the sires represented in the sale offering. Judging from the repeat customers on the phone and in the stands, as well as the guys who left behind calving chores for the day to select a bull, the Larsen's are producing bull that can help make their customer's herds produce more pounds in the Fall.
The Larsen & Warren families rolled out the red carpet to all. Tyler Larsen and Lafe Warren were very helpful answering questions and visiting with potential buyers prior to the sale and the ladies put on a phenomenal feast, complete with homemade spudnuts with maple frosting that would entice a buyer to drive through a snowstorm to earn one.
The Larsen family sell their bulls via video in the barn. It worked well again this year. The videos of the bulls were clear, a good representation of how they travel, and easy to see lot numbers.
Next year will mark the family's 40th annual sale. Visiting the Larsen Ranch, it is easy to see how their customer service, attention to detail and desire to produce top-quality cattle has kept them in the business for several decades. I'm certain we will be hearing more about Larsen Ranch Angus genetics for years to come.
Four bulls topped the sale selling for $7,000 each – lots 6, 9, 12 and 32.
Lot 6 – a deep-bodied, stout-made son of VDAR Really Windy 4097 out of a Sitz Upward 307R daughter, sold to Terry Patterson, Forsyth, MT, for $7,000. He posted EPDs of CED 11, BW +0.6, WW +65, YW +115, Milk +27, with an actual BW of 74 and a 205 WT of 758. His WR was 118, and YR 117.
Lot 9 – a wide-topped, deep-bodied son of Sitz Rainmaker 11127 out of a Connealy Lead On daughter, also sold to Terry Patterson, of Forsyth, MT, for $7,000. He posted EPDs of CED 3, BW +2.4, WW +60, YW +118, Milk +33, with an actual BW of 86 and a 205 WT of 732. His WR was 106, and YR 110.
Lot 12 – a smooth-made, long, deep-bodied son of S Chisum 6175, out of a HA Image Maker 0415 dam, sold to Robert Dolatta, Terry, MT, for $7,000. He posted EPDs of CED 9, BW +1.0, WW +64, YW +112, Milk +36, with an actual BW of 78 and a 205 WT of 669. His WR was 104, and YR 104.
Lot 32 – a phenotypically correct, eye appealing a son of VDAR Really Windy 4097 out of a Brooks Meat Packer 6829 daughter, sold to Little Muddy Ranch, Bainville, MT, for $7,000. He posted EPDs of CED 14, BW -0.9, WW +58, YW +105, Milk +21, with an actual BW of 63 and a 205 WT of 665. His WR was 104, and YR 106.
The 4 top sellers were closely followed by lots 8 and 18, both selling for $6,750. Lot 8 is a son of LRA Upward 134J out of a HA Image Maker 0415 dam. He sold to Terry Patterson, Forsyth, MT, who is sure to have a ripping set of calves from his line up of Larsen genetics. This bull's EPD profile is CED 8, BW +1.1, WW +63, YW +113, Milk +33, with an actual BW of 81 and a 205 WT of 731. His WR was 106, and YR 107.
Lot 18 was also purchased by Terry Patterson, Forsyth, MT, for $6,750. This bull is a son of LRA Upward 134J out of a Bon View New Design 208 cow. He caught my eye when I walked in the pen, not to mention he is a sure shot heifer bull that will allow you make every basketball game. This bull's EPD profile is CED 11, BW -0.4, WW +55, YW +100, Milk +31, with an actual BW of 70 and a 205 WT of 703. His WR was 102, and YR 105.