Marcy Cattle Company Angus Bull Sale
Date: Jan. 23, 2014
Location: Gordon Livestock, Gordon, Neb.
Auctioneer: Joe Goggins
Sale Manager: Marcy Cattle Services
Reported by: Dan Piroutek
Averages: 31 coming 2-yr-old Angus Bulls ave. $6,944
132 yearling Angus Bulls ave. $5,814
163 total Bulls ave. $ 6029
Tom and Kim Marcy, and George and Ann Marcy, are the owners of Marcy Cattle Company. Another large crowd gathered to bid on these deep-ribbed, easy-fleshing bulls that pass along great genetics to any cow herd. The offspring of these bulls also do extremely well in the feedlot.
The weather was cold on sale day morning, and this may have held up a few potential customers, but the seats were filled to the top at the start of the sale.
The Marcy cattle have been bred for generations with the same goals in mind. Marcy Cattle Company selects and uses Angus cattle that make Angus cows that raise big calves. To do this, they want deep-ribbed, easy fleshing females that breed back easily and have excellent udder quality. They seek out efficient females that produce top quality calves in a grass environment.
The sale was a fast-paced affair, with many repeat buyers bidding on the top bulls. They always offer an outstanding set of two-year-old bulls, along with their featured yearling bulls.
Top selling bull of the day was Lot 66, Marcys 13 Upward 10-3, selling to the Vaughn Ranch from South Dakota. The final bid was $ 11,000 on this Feb. 3, 2013, son of Sitz Upward 307R. He was out of a daughter of Marcys Traveler 1148 132-9 who had a weaning weight ratio of 108 on 8 calves. This really deep-sided bull was thick-made throughout. He had EPDs of BW 2, WW 46, MILK 37, and YW 91. (Note that MILK EPD.)
Lot 7 sold to the Ox Bow Ranch from Montana for $9,500. This stout made two-year-old son of Connealy Freightliner was out of a Leachman Right Time dam. He had EPDs of BW 1.1, WW 42, MILK 23, and YW 75, and his mother ratioed 105 on 6 calves. This herd sire prospect weighed in at 1,675 lb. on sale day.
Fuoss Angus Ranch from western South Dakota became the new owners of the Lot 32 yearling bull when the gavel fell at $10,000. He was a son of Final Answer and out of a daughter of Marcys Traveler 1148 132-9. He was an embryo transfer bull from the flush of the great cow, Marcys 01 Ethelda 82-1. His EPDs were BW 0.3, WW 42, MILK 29, and YW 75.
Lot 70 was another $10,000 bull, and his new owner was Hebbert & Hooscow Angus in Nebraska. Sired by Sitz Upward 307R, and out of a Rito 1I2 daughter; he had a 91 lb. birth weight and weaned at 751 lb. With EPDs of BW 2.8, WW 67, MILK 36, and YW 116, he had weaned at 751 lb. and grew to a yearling weight of 1,287 lb. This bull had eye appeal, along with strong growth EPDs.
The Federle Angus Ranch from Nebraska chose Lot 169 at $9,500. His name was Marcys Game Day 344, a son of GDAR Game Day 449, and out of a daughter of Leachman Right Time. His EPDs were BW 0.6, WW 42, MILK 25, and YW 78.
There were several other bulls in the $9,000 to $10,000 range, and plenty of others in that $5,000 to $6,000 range, along with opportunities for good bulls at the $4,000 price.
A great day for this Marcy family, as they held a new record sale for their great hospitality! They had some of the best desserts, including cherry pie!!
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