Nine Irons Seedstock Production Sale

sDon Walker, Arthur, Neb., purchased the Lot 22 and the Lot 25 Composite bulls.

Date: April 2, 2014

Location: Black Ranches sale barn, Antioch, Neb.

Auctioneer: Tracy Harl

Reported by: Dan Piroutek, Scott Dirk and Bree Poppe


96 yrlg bulls: $5,416

49 yrlg open heifers: $1,486

Nine Iron Seedstock hosted a great crowd for their annual production sale held at the Black Ranches beautiful sale facility. It is so gratifying to watch how this whole program has moved forward these last few years. They have built cow herds for the production of seedstock that serves their customers’ needs.

This year’s sale moved along with outstanding results all the way through. The partnership of Vince and Lori Poppe and Butch and Peg Black, along with the Lindner Ranches, Karl and Janice Hueftle, Darold and Lorna Tomsheck, and last, but not least, Jake and Bree Poppe and boys, are the parts that make up this good breeding program and sale.

This sale offers the combination of heterosis from the many composite bulls that combine their genetic strengths to produce the hybrid vigor it takes to wean 600 lb. plus calves. They also offer PAP testing for the increase in demand from the high mountain areas.

This was an outstanding set of bulls – from length of body, to muscle mass, and including many profitable traits. This set of bulls were well grown with outstanding performance and excellent HB profiles.

Top selling bull of the day was Lot 10, selling for $10,750 to Slash 2 Livestock, Glade Park, Colo. He was NIS Skyline 7127A, a son of Top Grade. This Angus/Simmental Hybrid had HB numbers of BW 0.9, WW 53, YW 98, MILK 24, and FR 5.9. With a 73 lb. birth weight, he weaned at 675 lb. and had a yearling weight of 1,280 lb. He was a black, polled bull with the highest IMF in the offering at 5.71 percent. He scanned a 14.3 sq. In. rib eye and measured a scrotal of 37.5 cm.

Lot 3 sold to P Diamond Livestock, Rand, Colo., for $8,500. This Angus/Simmental bull was a son of NIS Hall of Fame 7102X. He had HB numbers of BW 0.8, WW 62, YW 103, and MILK 23. This black polled bull had a 72 lb. birth weight and a weaning weight of 740 lb. With a yearling weight of 1,333 lb., he had gained 4.6 lb. a day and measured a 38.5 cm. scrotal.

The top selling Angus bull was Lot 99, selling for $7,000 to Herian Angus Ranch, Alliance, Nebr. This bull was a son of AAR Ten X 7008SA and out of a daughter of Objective. He had EPDs of BW 2.1, WW 67, YW 117, MILK 30, MARB 1.09, and RE 0.67. Born at 88 lb., he weaned at 742 lb. to ratio 114.

Lot 89 was the high selling Red Angus Hybrid, and he sold for $6,700 to Jim and Katie Faughnam, Elbert, Colo. This Red Angus/ Simmental bull had a guaranteed PAP score, and was sired by HXC Conquest 4405P. His EPDs were BW 0, WW 63, YW 94, and MILK 19. He was born at 72 lb., weaned at 662 lb., and gained 4.6 lb. a day. His weaning and yearling ratios were 108 and 105.

Paul and Nancy King, Castle Rock, Colo., bought the top cut of the replacement heifers at $1550. These heifers were sired by Ironstone sons.

As usual, a small selection of well-broke ranch horses were offered at the conclusion of the bull sale. The top selling gelding was Lot 3, Big Slick, a well-trained six year old sorrel grade gelding, consigned by Will Parkinson, Alliance, Nebr. He sold for $5,800 to Timothy Manning, Marsland, Nebr.