Maher Angus Ranch 37th Annual Production Sale
March 8, 2014
Date: Feb. 7, 2014
Location: At the ranch, Morristown, S.D.
Auctioneer: Scott Weishaar, Sentinel, N.D.
Reported by: Dan Piroutek
110 Angus bulls: $4,555
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5 Reg. Angus heifers ave. $1,900
66 commercial open heifers: $1,705
It was a "standing room only" crowd as Maher Angus Ranch hosted their 37th annual sale. This was the second year in their well-designed sale barn with the Nebraska style ride-through gate latches on all the pens. Casey and Gina and their young family, along with Dan and Gloria were great hosts on this very cold day. But without the wind, folks could easily walk through the pens. These cattle have gentle dispositions, and are easy to work with.
From top to bottom, these cattle become better each year. The Mahers have developed their cow herd to the point that they are able to use many of their own home grown herdsires. Many repeat buyers attend every year, and they once again found many large sire groups with a good number of half-brothers available.
This year the bull for the future seemed to be MAR Innovation 251, who had topped the Maher sale in 2012. He has lots of good numbers, and sired some of the top selling bulls in this year's sale.
Top selling bull of the day was Lot 022, MAR Bullseye Bismarck 0223. He was sired by MAR Bullseye Precision 469, and out of a daughter of SAV Bismarck 5682. Born at 88 lb., he weaned at 834 lb. to ratio 131. He grew to a 365 day wt of 1413 lb. to ratio 118. His EPDs included BW 2.6, WW 66, YW 108, and MILK 27. This good bull was purchased by Charles Verhulst, Reva, S.D., for $12,500.
Mike and Danni Beer, Keldron, S.D., paid $12,000 to own Lot 071, a son of MAR Innovation 251. He weighed 78 lb. at birth, and then posted weaning and yearling weights of 848 lb. to ratio 119, and 1367 lb. to ratio 114. His EPDs were CED 12, BW -0.4, WW 75, YW 118, and MILK 30. He had a scrotal measurement of 39 cm., and a 16.4 sq. in. ribeye.
Another bull at $12,000 was Lot 90. This February, 2013, bull was sired by MAR Innovation 251, and out of a daughter of HA Image Maker Windy 510. His stats included a birth weight of 92 lb., a weaning weight of 828 lb. to ratio 117, and a yearling weight of 1449 lb. to ratio 121. He had EPDs of BW 2.3, WW 74, YW 118, and MILK 26, with a huge rib eye of 16.9 sq. in. His new owner was Matt Niederman, Morristown, S.D.
Mike and Danni Beer also liked Lot 749, and they paid $11,500 to own this son of MAR Innovation 251. Out of a daughter of Ironwood New Level, he was born at 83 lb. and posted EPDs of CED 12, BW -0.8, WW 67, YW 106, and MILK 25. His weaning weight ratio was 113, and he had a ribeye area of 14.5 sq. in.
Logan Nehl, Watauga, S.D., bought the five registered Angus heifers at $1,900 each. The Mahers also had some good commercial Angus open heifers, and they found a new home with Scott Katus, Watauga, S.D. He paid $1,705 per head.
Lots of good hospitality, and a good day for the Mahers – and that hospitality is extended throughout the year. Maher Angus Ranch is 2.5 miles northeast of Morristown, off Hwy 12, and near Lemmon, S.D. Stop by and look at their cattle next summer.