Larson Ranch 45th Annual Bull & Bred Heifer Sale
Date: Feb. 26, 2014
Location: Presho Livestock, Presho, S.D.
Auctioneer: Dan Clark
Reported by: Dan Piroutek
65 Angus Bulls ave. $4,224
27 Charolais Bulls ave. $4,575
10 Simmental Bulls ave. $2,900
4 Maine-Anjou Bulls ave. $4,081
Larson Ranch, Hamill, S.D., hosted a big crowd for their 45th annual production sale. A stiff breeze added chills to this cold, wintry day. The family is now in its 105th year with five generations being involved in its history. Cattle and horses are the mainstay of this ranch, and they need to function as they pay their own way.
The Larson family operates with several breeds of cattle so their customers can cross breed and use bulls from the same herd, used to the same quality of care. Volume discounts were offered . Also coming to town for this sale was a large group of extra fancy bred heifers. They were AI’d to top bulls and were big and broody. They will make excellent cows for the new herds that bought them.
One of these good heifers was offered as a rollover for the Rancher Relief fund and she garnered $5,000 for the cause.
The big crowd stayed all day to bid on these different breeds of bulls and the fantastic set of bred heifers. Breeds included both Red and Black Angus, Charolais, Simmental, Maine-Anjou, and Shorthorn.
The Lot 1 Angus bull sold for $8,000 to Nick and Stacey Wolf and Joseph Angus. Here was a son of Benefield Substance 8506, and out of a daughter of SAV Bismarck. He had a 90 lb. birth weight and a weaning weight of 832 lb. He had gained 4.62 lb. per day. Lot 3 sold for $6,750 to Loren and Rhonda Reutter, Allen, Neb. This son of Sitz Upward was born to a daughter of Traveler 004 and had gained 5.44 lb. a day for a yearling weight of 1356 lb.
The high selling Charolais bull was Lot 99, selling for $6,500 to Brian Leifermann, Kimball, S.D. This son of TR Mr. Firewater 1783 ET had a 700 lb. weaning weight and a yearling weight of 1336 lb., after gaining 5.33 lb. per day. Gary Schindler, Reliance, S.D., chose Lot 90, a son of TR Mr. Firewater 5729 ET at $5,750.
Lance and Mary Martinson from Winner and Presho, S.D., bought two high-selling Red Angus bulls, with Lot 79 at $4,250 and Lot 78 at $4,000. They were both sired by LJC Mission Statement P27.
Next in line were the Simmentals with top seller, Lot 116, selling to Pat Smith, Reliance, S.D., for $4,000. Sired by TNT Tanker U263, he posted a 365-day REA of 15.65. Jim Pinney, Johnstown, Neb., paid $3,750 for Lot 115, a son of Bodacious with a weaning weight of 802 lb. and an REA of 17.97.
The high selling Maine bull was Lot 131, selling for $5,000. He was a Maverick 10006 son with a weaning weight of 972 lb. and a yearling weight of 1432 lb. Larry and Tyler Oogle, Woonsocket, S.D., chose Lot 130 at $4,250. Out of Amen, he weaned at 834 lb.
The high selling Shorthorn bull was Lot 140, going to Robert Deterns, Dallas, S.D., for $3,000. Here was a son of Sin Of Pride, and out of a daughter of Bad Moon Rising.
Thirty-year repeat buyer, Robert Hofer, Bridgewater, S.D., paid $2,500 each for the top group of F1 black white-face bred heifers.
Cattle were sold into ten states, with a host of repeat buyers on hand, along with several new faces. Schindler Farms, Reliance, S.D., bought ten bulls while Russ Christenson, Edgemont, S.D., Mack Wylie, Ft. Pierre, S.D., and William Klein, Winfred, S.D., each bought six bulls. Five bulls went to Jeff Hutchinson, Presho, S.D.