Schmidt Cattle Company ‘Bulls That Fit’
Date: March 27, 2013
Location: Sheridan Livestock Auction Co., Rushville, Neb.
Auctioneer: Doug Jaggers
Reported by: Dan Piroutek
Averages: 75 yearling Charolais Bulls ave. $6,116
Schmidt Cattle Company, owned by Randy and Marj Schmidt, hosted a big crowd of aggressive bidders on a very nice day in Rushville, Neb., for their annual bull sale.
This good herd has been providing top Charolais genetics for over 50 years. They also feed cattle at their farm, and they try to buy their customers’ calves first. Right now they have about 1,300 head of their customers’ Charolais cross cattle on hand. There is no better testament to a program than to see that many high-performing cattle sired by their bulls. The Schmidt bull influence has added pounds of growth and helped the cattle to achieve the muscle desired for highly rated carcass traits.
This year’s set of bulls was the most uniform that they have ever offered. The sale started out strong and stayed that way until the end. Many repeat buyers were on hand, along with a few new ones to make for a very competitive sale.
Top selling bull of the day was Lot 79A, a son of TR Mr. Pacer 815. He was out of a SCC Impressive daughter. He sold for $12,000 to Utopia Genetics, Grove Springs, Mo. He had gained 4.26 lb. a day on test, and he had a yearling weight of 1,309 lb. to ratio 109. This bull had a long, level hip that was simply packed full of muscle. He measured a 38 cm. scrotal and had a rib eye area of 17.23 sq. in.
Repeat buyer Denny Hulm, Meadow, S.D., paid $10,500 for Lot 37A, the first bull in the ring. This was a deep-sided, thick-made bull, sired by PVF Cad 0731 Pld, and out of a daughter of LT Brave Wind. Born at 90 lb., he weaned at 751 lb. to ratio 116. He had a yearling weight of 1,378 lb. to ratio 112. His EPDs were BW -0.5, WW 42, YW 73, MILK 3, and TM 24.
Lot 53A sold to long time customer, Keri Votruba, Hemingford, Neb., at $10,500. He was another deep-sided, thick-made bull sired by TR PZC NC Crossfire 1763 ET, and out of a daughter of LT Easy Pro 1158 Pld. With a 92 lb. birth weight, he weaned at 726 lb. and posted a yearling weight of 1427 lb. to ratio 116.
Other High Selling Lots:
Lot 206A – $9,750 to Mark Williams, Kadoka, S.D.
Lot 40A – $9,500 to Calvin Eisenbraun, Philip, S.D.
Lot 41A – $9,500 to Bruce Forney, Lakeside, Neb.
Lot 60A – $9,500 to Vic Bassegio, Gordon, Neb.
Lot 182A – $9,500 to Mike Arnold, Kilgore, Neb.
Lot 91A – $8,000 to Keri Votruba, Heminford, Neb.
Lot 96 – $8,750 to Vic Bassegio, Lakeside, Neb.
Lot 111A – $8,500 to Ross Williams, Philip, S.D.
Lot 188A – $9,000 to Casey Slovek, Philip, S.D.
Lot 158A – $8,500 to Vic Bassegio, Gordon, Neb.
Lot 168A – $8,250 to Todd O’Connor, Philip, SD
Lot 14A – $8,000 to Vic Bassegio, Gordon, Neb.
Lot 43A – $8,500 to Jim Willert, Belvidere, S.D.
This was the best sale ever for this family, and I couldn’t be happier for them!