Lau Angus Annual Bull & Female Sale

Steve Engel bought Lot 49 at $ 10,000 for Hilltop Angus, Bowdle, S. Dak., pictured with Ivan Lau.

Date: Mar. 27, 2014

Location: at the farm, Armour, S.D.

Auctioneer: Seth Weishaar

Reported by: Dan Piroutek

Averages: 48 yrlg Registered Angus Bulls ave. $4,886

22 yrlg Registered Angus Heifers ave $2,052

It was a big crowd of willing buyers that gathered out at the farm to bid on Lau Angus bulls and heifers. Owners of the bulls are Jeff and Joel Lau and their families. This year the sale was moved back to the farm, and the bulls were sold over the video screen.

The bulls were penned nearby, and there was ample time to walk through the pens and get a close look at these good bulls. However, the weather was less than favorable as it snowed hard in this area up until sale time.

The bidding was aggressive and spirited, and this proved to be the best sale ever for the Lau family. This herd will be heard from in the future if they keep producing bulls like they offered in this year’s sale. This was simply an outstanding set of cattle!

Top selling bull of the day was Lot 10, selling for $13,500 to Rock Creek Livestock and Charles Goldhammer, both from Mitchell, S.D. Lau Total Impact JC 313 was a son of Poss Total Impact 745 and out of a dam by SAV Net Worth 4200 who had ratioed 102 on 4 calves. He had EPDs of BW 1.6, WW 68, YW 118, MILK 21, MARB 0.91, and RE 0.57. Born at 80 lb., he weaned at 711 lb. and had a yearling weight of 1,325 lb., with a score of 98.97 on $Beef. His per cent of marbling was 6.53.

The gavel fell when bidding for Lot 1 had reached $13,000. The new owners were Allen and Zenda Haase, Valentine, Nebr. This bull was a son of Barstow Cash and out of a daughter of Connealy Right Answer 746, who was a first-calf heifer. The bull was recommended for heifers with his 78 lb. birth weight. He knew how to grow as he posted an 822 lb. weaning weight and a yearling weight of 1358 lb. He had a great combination of EPDs with CED 12, BW -0.4, WW 73, YW 127, MILK 31, MARB 0.27 and RE 0.55.

Hill Top Angus, Bowdle, S.D., bought Lot 49 at $10,000. This son of LaGrand Final Answer 9295 was out of a daughter of Rito 1I2 of 2536 Rito 6I6. He was recommended for heifers, with his EPDs of CED 11, BW 0, WW 64, YW 111, MILK 23, MARB 0.67, and RE 0.39. Born at 80 lb., he weaned at 686 lb. and had a yearling weight of 1,380 lb. His $Beef was 83.06. His percent of marbling was 4.74% and he measured a rib eye area of 15.6 sq. in.

Other high sellers were:

Lot 55 – Lau Barstow Cash R 1193 – Barstow Cash x SAF 598 Bando 5175 to James Vermuelen, Letcher, S.D., for $9,000

Lot 3 – Lau Barstow Cash JC 73 – Barstow Cash x Hart King 8209 to Allen & Zenda Haase, Valentine, Nebr., for $9,000

Lot 18 – Lau Barstow Cash JC 613 – Barstow Cash x Bon View New Design 1407 to Webb Ranch, Isabel, S.D., for $9,000

Lot 33 – Lau Bullseye J 1413 – Mogck Bullseye x Bennett Architect M299 to Webb Ranch, Isabel, S.D. for $9,000

The highest selling open heifer was Lot 79, and she brought $4,200 from Jeff Wagner, Creighton, Nebr. This fancy heifer was sired by S Traveler 0226 and out of a daughter of Bon View New Design 878. Her dam had good production numbers including a weaning ratio of 109 on 9 calves.

The Lau family provided an excellent pre-sale meal of hamburgers and some of the best potato salad in S.D. They also had pickled cabbage which was tasty—like something I’ve never had before.