Reich Ranch 56th Annual Charolais Bull Sale
December 16, 2013
Date: May 2, 2013
Location: Belle Fourche Livestock Exchange
Average: 32 Charolais Bulls – $2,252
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After a long dry spell, spring snow storms lined up in April and caused the Reich family to postpone their sale twice. Some ranchers had already cut back their herd numbers due to the dry conditions, but it has been exciting to see some rains around the area during May. The Reich sale was held on May 2, when ranchers were still wondering about summer pasture for their cattle, and this did affect the demand for these bulls.
A top priority for the Reich family is to have "ranch ready" bulls with strong performance and carcass traits. These bulls were all born unassisted, and did not receive creep feed. Reichs produce bulls that help their customers maximize profits.
I have personally used some of these bulls. They have held up well, and have done an excellent job siring outstanding Charolais-cross feeder cattle. The Reich bulls maintain a lot of natural muscling and thickness. When these mature Reich bulls are retired and sold, they usually bring top market price and weigh up heavy, which really makes these yearling Reich Charolais bulls a great value.
The sale moved along rapidly with mostly repeat buyers on the seats.
Top selling bull of the day was lot 43, selling for $3,250 to Larry Nelson, Buffalo, SD. This March yearling was sired by MD Full Turn U1985 and was out of a daughter of J Bar J Kaleidoscope 045. He was born at 88 pounds and really knew how to grow. He weaned at 735 pounds to index 111, gained 4.9 pounds per day to ratio 137, and then posted a yearling weight of 1480 pounds to index 120. His EPDs included BW 1.2, WW 29, and YW 52.
Quite a number of these bulls sold for $3,000 each. Highlights include lots 10 and 25 which sold to Jack Brunson, Edgemont, SD. Lot 10 was a polled son of LHD Class W1239 and out of a daughter of LTC Exclamation 5491PLD. Born at 92 pounds, he weaned at 733 pounds to index 111 and posted a yearling weight of 1380 pounds to index 112. He had gained 4.5 pounds per day on test. His EPDs were BW 2.8, WW 46, and YW 80. Brunson's other purchase, lot 25, was another polled yearling out of Eatons Integrity 8109 and JDJ Fax M20. He was another high indexing bull with a weaning weight of 738 pounds to index 112, along with a yearling weight of 1380 pounds to index 108. EPDs were BW 0.9, WW 34, and YW 62.
Lot 22, also at $3,000, headed home with Tim Smith, Lodgepole, SD. This polled yearling bull was sired by MD Trademark Son W1675 and out of a daughter of RR Easter 8199P. His EPDs were BW 0.6, WW 35, and YW 65. His weaning weight was 803 pounds to ratio 122 with a yearling weight of 1350 pounds to ratio 109.
Larry Nelson, Buffalo, SD, also liked lot 19, and he paid the top price of $3,000 to have him join his cattle herd. Here was another bull sired by Eatons Integrity 8109. With an 86 pound birth weight, he was out of a daughter of SVY Bedrock PLD 816H, and grew to a weaning weight of 724 pounds to index 110. His EPDs were BW 0.4, WW 25, YW 47, and MILK 8.
An added extra value in attending the Reich bull sale, is the opportunity to eat some of Ree Reich's glazed donuts – that is, if you can get in there ahead of the ringmen!