Ponca Creek Cattle Company Angus Bull Sale
Date: Apr. 16, 2014
Location: At the ranch west of Bonesteel, S.D.
Auctioneer: Seth Weishaar
Reported by: Dan Piroutek
Average: 61 ylg. Angus bulls – $5,881
Ponca Creek Cattle Company hosted a huge crowd for their annual bull sale. Tom and Cindy Lillibridge, along with Rex and Tracy Pfaff, have developed this good herd of Angus cattle into one of the progressive top herds in South Dakota.
The genetic improvement in this herd is fantastic, and is measured by the numbers of the major traits. The catalog is packed with data on each bull, and these figures should aid in the selection of the right bulls to meet the needs of specific customers.
This was simply a very big, stout set of bulls that drew tremendous demand from this big crowd. All bulls are backed by a strong vaccination program and a first breeding season guarantee.
It was a cold, windy day, but it did not dampen the enthusiasm of the many repeat buyers, along with many new customers, who competed on these top bulls.
Top selling bull of the day was Lot 1, a bull that drew a lot of attention. He had the look of a real herd bull, and sold for $20,000 to Mohnen Angus, White Lake, S.D. Sired by Rito Revenue 5M2 of 2536 Pre, he was out of Ponca Creek Blackbird 955 who is a Pathfinder cow, and going back through two more generations of Pathfinder cows. This bull had EPDs of BW 1.1, WW 57, YW 98, MILK 37, MARB 1.37 and RE 0.90. All the numbers just lined up right for this bull. Born at 77 lb., he weaned at 742 lb. and grew to a yearling weight of 1523 lb. He had an IMF of 5.74 percent and a rib eye of 15.1 sq. in. His scrotal measurement was 37.3 cm.
The Webb Ranch, LLC, Isabel, S.D., bought Lot 50 at $9,000. This bull was recommended for heifers and was a son of Hoover Dam. Out of a daughter of Sydgen Mandate 6079, his EPDs were CED 11, BW 0.3, WW 57, YW 106, and MILK 26. He was born at 73 lb., weaned at 698 lb. and posted a yearling weight of 1,448 lb. His $B score was $88.36.
Craig Zeisler, Naper, Neb., selected Lot 57 at $8750. This son of Sydgen Mandate 6079 was out of a Summitcrest cow. Another low birth weight of 70 lb., he weaned at 680 lb. and reached a yearling weight of 1362 lb. His EPDs included CED 11, BW 0.8, WW 59, YW 107, and MILK 26. He had gained 4.26 lb. a day.
Lot 46 brought $9,000 from Brandon Zeisler, St. Charles, S.D. This bull was sired by Connealy Consensus and out of a daughter of Bruns Brushpopper 138. He had an 82 lb. birth weight, a weaning weight of 729 lb., and a yearling weight of 1436 lb. Completing the package were carcass EPDs of IMF 0.68 and RE 0.44. His $B score was $97.23.
Bill Haas, Veteran, Wyo., purchased Lot 55 at $8,500. He was a son of Hoover Dam and out of a daughter of Koupal B&B Balancer. His dam and grand dam were Pathfinders. Born at 81 lb., he weaned at 731 lb. and grew to a yearling of 1373 lb. He had an IMF of 6.32 percent, a ribeye of 15.3 sq. in., a pelvic measurement of 175, a $B of $90.06, a MILK EPD of 33, and a scrotal measurement of 38.6 cm.. What a bull!
Two bulls brought $8,000. Lot 48, a son of Connealy Consensus, sold to Richard Kilmurry, Atkinson, Nebr. Lot 13, a son of CRA Bextor, sold to Randy Martin, Burke, S.D. He had Pathfinders in his maternal side, and EPDs of CED 12, BW -1.0, WW 45, YW 79, and MILK 29. He had a 17.0 sq. in. rib eye.
These folks really want to help you find the right bull. Stop by anytime throughout the year to discuss your needs, and view the bulls as they are progressing for next year’s sale.
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