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Sale: Varilek Angus 60th Annual Angus Bull Sale

Dan Piroutek

Courtesy photoDave and Kathy Fuoss, of Draper, SD, happy to enjoy the sixtieth annual Varilek production sale.

Sale: Varilek Angus 60th Annual Angus Bull Sale

Date: Feb. 18, 2012

Location: At the ranch near Geddes, SD

Auctioneers: Seth Weishaar and Dustin Carter

Averages: 133 yearling and two year old registered Angus bulls – $6,486; 20 yearling open Angus heifers – $2,635

Varilek Angus hosted an absolutely packed crowd for their sixtieth annual bull sale, held at their ranch seven miles south of Geddes, SD. When I say packed crowd, I mean it, as this big crowd also ate everything in front of it.

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It was just a fantastic sale with the heart of this sale selling to strong repeat buyers that this reputation firm has built over the years. But, also this year, there were several new customers sorting through their big group of bulls.

The weather was near perfect on sale day, and this only helped accelerate this fast-paced sale.

Varilek Angus, owned by Mick and Lynn Varilek and their family, are some of the few producers in South Dakota, to offer such a large group of these big, genetically strong two-year-old Angus bulls.

Top selling bull of the day was Lot 30, selling to Fuoss Angus, Draper, SD, for $19,000. He was a son of Connealy 044 062, and out of a WAR Midland bred dam who had ratioed 110 on two calves. He had EPDs of: CED 2, BW 2.7, WW 70, YW 123 and MM 19. He had a REA of 16.10 square inches, weaning at 934 pounds, and reaching a yearling weight of 1620 pounds.

Charles Mogck, Olivet, SD, found Lot 1 to his liking, and paid $13,000 to take him home. He was a son of the increasingly popular Sitz Upward 307R bull, and out of Varilek Ruth 0076 who had ratioed 107 on eight calves. With a 77 pound birth weight, he weaned at 855 pounds and posted a yearling weight of 1429 pounds. He scanned a 15.3 square inches REA, and had EPDs of: CED 5, BW 1.5, WW 52, YW 103 and MM 34.

Duane and Bob Lunne, Dallas, SD, purchased Lot 3, for $12,000. This son of Sitz Upward 307R was out of a daughter of Bon View New Design 208, and had an 83 pound birth weight. His WW was 868 pounds and his YW was 1396 pounds. He had EPDs of: CED 6, BW 1.9, WW 66 and YW 114. Other stats included a 17.3 square inches. REA, and a 42 centimeter scrotal measurement.

Lot 22 sold for $11,500 to Urlacher Angus, Regent, ND. This bull was sired by Connealy Consensus 4578, and out of a Connealy Thunder dam who had ratioed 109 on two calves. He had a 75 pound BW, a WW of 846 pounds, and a YW of 1483 pounds His EPDs were: CED 8, BW -1.3, WW 53, YW 103 and MM 30.

Repeat buyer Edna Haase, Valentine, NE, bought the big, stout two-year-old bull, Lot 75, at $10,000. Sired by Sitz Upward 307R, he had an 84 pound birth weight. He weaned at 928 pounds and grew to a yearling weight of 1470 pounds His EPDs are: BW 1.9, WW 62, YW 114 and MM 34.

Novotny Angus, Winner, SD, took Lot 19 at $10,000. He was a son of Connealy Consensus 4578, and out of a daughter of Varilek Forefront 2037. He had an 81 pound BW, a WW of 860 pounds, and a YW of 1473 pounds.

Chad and Gary Ludemann, Springview, NE, bought Lot 4, a son of Sitz Upward at $10,000.

Bret Gumb bought the top open heifer, Lot 149, at $3300. Fuoss Angus also bought the Lot 150 open heifer at $3,200.

The Varilek’s serve a wonderful noon lunch, and people tell me that the after sale hospitality is as good as it gets.