Medicine Rocks Ranch 2012 Production Sale
Medicine Rocks Ranch held their annual production sale on Monday, April 16, 2012 at Bowman Auction Market, Bowman, ND. Medicine Rocks Ranch is owned and operated by Frank and Charlene Mehling and family.
Fifty years ago Frank and Charlene purchased 20 registered heifers; from then on they have increased their numbers and watched the cattle industry change. In 1972, they started an artificial insemination (AI) program and continue to use top sires in the industry. They like moderate-framed, easy-doing females with some capacity and adequate bone and length. Their strict culling program has focused on structure, udder quality and great dispositions. They make sure the bulls are fed right – not over or under fed.
The Mehlings listen to their customers and fully understand that the commercial cowman and woman sell by the pound so they raise bulls to pack weight on the calves. With high input costs, it’s essential to have a good calf at weaning time. The Mehlings had a good crowd on hand, which made for a great sale.
Two bulls tied for top-selling bull honors at $6,250 each:
Lot 2, Med Rock Danny Cedar 111, a March 2011 son of Cole Creek Black Cedar 46P, found a home with 6 Creeks Farm, Ekalaka, MT. This bull was 88 pounds at birth, weaned at 785 pounds to ratio 107, and was 1,150 pounds as a yearling to ratio 102. This bull posted EPDs of BW 1.7, WW 52, Milk 18 and YW 92.
Lot 4, Med Rock American Cedar 105, a March 2011 son of Cole Creek Black Cedar 46P, sold to VLS Angus Ranch from Dunn Center, ND. This bull was 85 pounds at birth, weaned at 795 pounds to ratio 118 and went on to grow to 1,180 pounds to ratio 111. He posted EPDs of BW 2.5, WW 53, Milk 27 and YW95.
Lot 1, Med Rock Top Cedar 148, a March 2011 son of Cole Creek Black Cedar 46P, sold for $5,750 to Jeremy Schallenberger from Baker, MT. This thick bull was 85 pounds at birth with a 205-day ratio of 115 paired with a 118 yearling ratio. He posted EPDs of BW 2.6, WW 55, Milk 21 and YW 101.
Lot 9, Med Rock 6595 Dam PM 112, a March 2011 son of Hoover Dam, also sold for $5,750 and went home with Stearns Ranch from Bowman, ND. This bull was 80 pounds at birth with a 205-day ratio of 98 and a yearling ratio of 104. He marked EPDs of BW 0.1, WW 42, Milk 30 and YW 85.
Lot 66, Med Rock Copyman 177, a March 2011 son of M Diamond Travelin Man 618, sold for $5,500 to Eagle Butte Ranch, Baker, MT. This bull was 80 pounds at birth, had a 205-day ratio of 104 and a yearling ratio of 112. He paired that with EPDs of BW 1.1, WW 52, Milk 24 and YW 95.
The top-selling heifer was Lot 191, Med Rock Marri Diamond 191, an April 2011 daughter of M Diamond Travelin Man 618 that sold for $2,000 and went home with Harley Rounds from Union Center, SD. This heifer posted EPDs of BW -0.7, WW 43, Milk 20 and YW 82.