Ponca Creek Cattle Company Angus 2012 Bull Sale
Ponca Creek Cattle Company hosted an extra big crowd for their annual bull sale held at the ranch near Bonesteel, SD. A rainy spring day only added to the spirits of this large gathering of cattlemen. This was a very active sale, and proved to be the best ever for Ponca Creek Cattle Company.
The bulls were offered in moderate condition, being on a high-roughage ration with no creep feed.
Ponca Creek had used several very notable artificial insemination (AI) sires to enhance their breeding program. The most notable this spring were sons of Sitz Upward, GDAR Game Day, Connealy Lead On, TC Aberdeen, SydGen CC&7, and Connealy Thunder. These bulls were very well received, as well as leaving an excellent set of replacement heifers for Rex Pfaff and Tom Lillibridge.
You will hear a lot more from this program as this cowherd gets stronger and stronger. For those of you who enjoy comparing scores, their catalog is filled with lots of data on each bull.
The top-selling bull of the day was Lot 1, selling for $9000 to Steve Bashart, O’Neill, NE. He was a son of Sitz Upward 307R out of a dam by Millers Bullseye 091. He had EPDs of CED 6, BW 1.3, WW 66, YW 118 and Milk 30. His ribeye area of 14.4 square inches complimented an IMF score of 4.54%. Born at 84 pounds, he weaned at 744 pounds, and reached a yearling weight of 1,350 pounds.
Lot 3, a son of Sitz Upward, also sold to Steve Bashart for $8,000. His mother was a pathfinder cow who had ratioed 106 on four calves, and was a daughter of Nichols Extra H6. Lot 3 carried EPDs of CED 8, BW 1.1, WW 59, YW 113 and Milk 32. With a 79-pound birth weight, he weaned at 677 pounds and posted a yearling weight of 1293 pounds.
Greg Vanderpol, Gregory, SD, bought Lot 52 at $7,250. This son of Bruns Brushpopper 138 was out of a daughter of ALC Big Eye who had ratioed 109 on two calves. Hitting the ground at 79 pounds, he weaned at 741 pounds, before growing to a yearling weight of 1,349 pounds. His EPDs included CED 8, BW 1.4, WW 57, YW 105 and Milk 28.
Fuoss Angus Ranch, Draper, SD, chose Lot 6 at $6,500. He was a son of GDAR Game Day and out of a daughter of Connealy All Around. He had a 77-pound birth weight, a weaning weight of 761 pound, and a yearling weight of 1,334 pounds. His EPDs were CED 6, BW 0.6, WW 61 and YW 104.
The gavel fell at $6,500 with Lot 61 headed home with Steve Hauger, Irene, SD. This good bull was a son of Laflins South Wind 5258 out of a daughter of McBee Super X 0060 who had weaned two calves at a ratio of 107. Born at 76 pounds, he weaned at 767 pounds. His EPDs were CED 8, BW 1.1, WW 51, Milk 20 and YW 85.
Richard Kilmarry, Atkinson, NE, purchased Lot 55 at $6,250. He was a son of Bruns Brushpopper 138 and was born at 83 pounds. He weaned at 711 pounds and grew to a yearling weight of 1,354 pounds. His ribeye area was 15.5 square inches.
It was a great day for the Pfaff and Lillibridge families, and a very good pre-sale dinner on a rainy day!