Medicine Rocks Ranch Production Sale
Date: April 24, 2013
Location: Bowman Auction Market, Bowman, N.D.
Average: 63 Black Angus Yearling Bulls – $3,100
Well we finally had the privilege to attend the Medicine Rocks Angus Ranch Production Sale in Bowman, N.D. After two rescheduled dates the Mehlings decided to pull down their hats, zip up their jackets, and go ahead with the sale. With multiple snow flurries and a chilly temperature, it took one tough hombre to critique each sire group in search of the next ranch herd bull, but in Bowman, N.D., it was just another spring day. Buyers from near and far crowded the show pens out back trying to get a look at this rambunctious set of “cowboy” bulls. The Mehlings strive to combine high performance with a moderate frame, but their “ace in the hole” is the well respected bloodlines running deep into their cowherd. Leo McDonnell served as bid caller, pedigree announcer, and sometimes referee as everybody wanted a piece of the easy-fleshing and easy-calving Medicine Rocks Angus bulls.
Lot 7, Med Rock Contrast 225, sired by Connealy Contrast, sold to Castle Berry Inc. of Ekalaka, Mont., for $5,250. This bull was born 4/03/12 with a BW of 88 pounds, 205-day weight of 666 pounds, and YW of 1,226 pounds. His EPDs are BW 0.6, WW 45 and YW 88.
Lot 23, Med Rock Front Contact 234, out of the home-raised bull Med Rock Contrast 702 091, sold for $5,000 to Tom and Pat Teske of Scranton, N.D. This big boy weighed 83 pounds at birth, a whopping 781 pounds at 205 days, and 1,216 pounds as a yearling. His EPDs are BW 2.1, WW 60 and YW 104.
Lot 25, also sold for $5,000 and was also out of Med Rock Contrast 702 091. The difference, Med Rock X Contrast 227 is headed to Rhame, N.D., with Wayne Bucholz. This calf was born on 3/12/12 weighing in at 86 pounds, 205-day weight was 732 pounds, and he weighed 1,265 pounds as a yearling. His EPDs are BW 1.3, WW 62 and YW 105.
There was a six-bull tie at $4,500 each. Overall there was a good sized crowd and the day turned out great.
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