Piedmont Valley Gelbvieh & Lesmeister Gelbvieh Sale
Piedmont Valley Gelbvieh and Lesmeister Gelbvieh hosted their last bull sale at Belle Fourche Livestock on March 12th. These two firms have sold together and have been friends for years. The Soelzer and Lesmeister families have complemented each other very well. They dispersed their females last fall on the auction at their ranch. I want to take this moment to thank both families for all their years working with me.
One of the top selling bulls of the day was Lot 9, selling for $3,500 to Kermit Rumph from Biddle, MT. He was a black Balancer bull born in October of 2007. He had an 82 pound birth weight, a weaning weight of 612 pounds, and a sale day weight of 1,620 pounds. His EPDs were -0.6 BW, +29 WW, +21 Milk, and +69 YW.
Also bringing $3,500 was Lot 15, selling to repeat buyer Bernel Appledorn from Gladstone, ND. This was another black Balancer bull with an 80 pound birth weight. He weaned at 699 pounds and reached 1,380 pounds by sale day. His EPDs were -1.0 BW, +35 WW, +18 Milk, and +77 YW.
Dru Burk from Ismay, MT chose Lot 7 at $3,400. This was an especially stout-made, black Balancer bull, sired by Freedom 436. He hit the ground at 78 pounds, weaned at 622 pounds, and then posted a sale day weight of 1,720 pounds. His EPDs included -2.1 BW, +33 WW, +22 Milk, and +74 YW. His on test gain was 4.64 pounds a day.
Repeat buyer Randy Oliver from Newell, SD bid on several of the top bulls in the sale, and bought Lot 41 at $3,300. He was a late March yearling black Balancer bull with an 80 pound birth weight and a weaning weight of 702 pounds. He was designed for calving east with a BW EPD of -1.8.
Mike and Dennis King from Aladdin, WY bought Lot 42 at $3,000. This black Balancer bull was sired by Freedom 436. He was a March yearling with a 74 pound birth weight and a weaning weight of 853 pounds. His EPDs were -2.2 BW, +48 WW, +18 Milk, and +91 YW.
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