Lensegrav Ranch Composite Bull Sale
Date: Mar. 8, 2014
Location: Faith Livestock Commission Co., Faith, S.D.
Auctioneer: Lynn Weishaar
Reported by: Dan Piroutek and Scott Dirk
Bidders and buyers were on hand from at least a four state area to bid on these composite bulls. The Lensegrav Ranch hosted a nice crowd of mostly repeat buyers for their annual composite bull sale. This was a big, stout-made set of bulls, with a lot of depth and thickness.
Many of these calves are AI sired, but the Lensegrav’s probably own the thickest, stoutest set of resident herd bulls that there are in the business. Dave Lensegrav travels many miles across the region, spending a lot of time searching for these herd bulls.
The uniformity of this set of bulls was fantastic, and stayed that way throughout the sale. The commercial cattlemen on the seats were some of the elite stockmen from across the Midwest.
Dave made a special note of his right hand man, Leigh Putzier, who has done a yeoman’s job during Dave’s time at the Mayo Clinic.
This was a very fast paced sale as these loyal customers bid right up on the bulls they wanted.
Top selling bull of the day was Lot 39, selling for $11,000 to Dan Zimbleman, Fullerton, N.D. This bull was sired by LEN 195Y #31, going back to Net Worth, and out of a daughter of Connealy Canyon. He was 5/8 Angus and 3/8 Gelbvieh. Born at 84 lb., he weaned at 803 lb., and posted a yearling weight of 1,278 lb. Dave felt that this bull was out of his favorite cow.
Another bull at $11,000 was Lot 81. Scott Bradec, Marmath, N.D., was the new owner of this very deep-made son of Garrett’s Emblazon 457D, going back to Emblazon 854E. This February yearling was out of a Stubby daughter. He was 3/4 Angus and 1/4 Gelbvieh with a 90 lb. birth weight. He weaned and 760 lb. and had a yearling weight of 1,293 lb.
Lot 104 sold to long time repeat buyer, Larry Thompson, Glenham, S.D., for $10,500. He was a son of LT In Reach and out of a daughter of Connealy Answer. With an 80 lb. birth weight, he weaned at 738 lb., and grew to a yearling weight of 1,343 lb. He measured a 39 cm. scrotal measurement and is 7/8 Angus and 1/8 Gelbvieh.
Austin Steinmetz, Carson, N.D., chose Lot 106 at $9,500. This bull was sired by LT In Reach and out of a daughter of Connealy Answer. At 7/8 Angus and 1/8 Gelbvieh, he had a 38.6 cm. scrotal measurement. Born at 95 lb., he weaned at 736 lb., and had a yearling weight of 1,310 lb.
Lot 4 brought $9,000 from Doug Gardner, Hammond, Mont. Here was a son of SAV Harvestor 0338 who was out of a Connealy Easy daughter. He was another stout bull with a 39.4 cm. scrotal measurement.
Jerry Hampshire, Clearmont, Wyo., paid $8,750 to own Lot 58, a homozygous black bull that was 3/4 Angus and 1/4 Gelbvieh. He had a 92 lb. birth weight, a weaning weight of 769 lb. and a yearling weight of 1,326 lb. He was sired by SF Bismarck 025.
This was a good sale for the Lensegrav family with many satisfied customers back to buy these bulls.
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