Shearer Spear U annual production sale
Date: Feb. 11, 2014
Auctioneers: Lynn & Seth Weishaar
Reported by: Dan Piroutek
Location: Philip Livestock, Philip, S.D.
178 yearling and two-yr-old Angus bulls: $4,228
A huge crowd of cattlemen gathered at Philip Livestock for the Spear U Angus bull sale. Owners, Greg and Lori Shearer and their son Jace moved their sale to Philip Livestock, after having it out on their ranch for many years. There was a good mix of both yearling bulls and two-year-olds.
The herd has been bred for cattle with thickness, maternal characteristics, and excellent carcasses. They run their cow herd in the Cheyenne River breaks so they need cattle with soundness and longevity.
The bulls had also had the Zoetis HD 5OK tests with the results printed on each bull. The HD 50K scores for Angus includes genetic predictions in the form of percent ranks for 19 traits plus parentage verification.
Shearers offered many half and three quarter brothers on this sale, with most of the seats filled with repeat buyers. The sale was a very fast-paced affair and stayed steady all the way through.
Top selling bull of the day was Lot 6, a two-year-old bull, bringing $9,000 from Kjerstad Livestock, Quinn, S.D. This bull was a son of the Spear U herd sire, GAR New Design 5050, and out of an Emblazon 854E daughter. With a 90 lb. birth weight, he weaned at 762 lb. and posted a yearling weight of 1344 lb. to ratio 118. His EPDs were BW 2, WW 62, MILK 27, YW 104, Marb 0.43, RIB 1.01. His Zoetis HD 50K scores were CED 31, BW 39, WW 27, YW 46, RFI 15, DMI 35, CEM 94, MILK 50, CW 36, MARB 57, RE 9, FAT 43, TEND 57.
Repeat buyers, Ty and Kelly Fish, Oelrichs, S.D., were back to buy the Lot 14 two-year-old at $7,750. Here was a son of SUA New Design 5050 X0265 who had weaned at 738 lb. He had a yearling weight of 1328 lb. to ratio 113. His EPDs were BW 2.5, WW 58, MILK 26, YW 105, MARB 0.40 and RIB 0.31.
Monte Cronin, Gettysburg, S.D., chose Lot 4 at $7,500. Another two-year-old, he was sired by Connealy Consensus 7229 with EPDs of BW 1.7, WW 57, MILK 33 and YW 90. His marbling score was 0.88 and he had a ribeye score of 0.92. Born at 86 lb., he weaned at 728 lb.
Lot 44 brought $7,250 from Tom and Lacey Clements, Philip, S.D. This two-year-old was sired by AAR Ten X 7008. His birth weight was 78 lb., and he grew to a weaning weight of 732 lb. He posted a yearling weight of 1314 lb. to ratio 108. His stats concluded with EPDs of BW 0.1, WW 59, MILK 27, and YW 115.
The top selling yearling bull was Lot 93, and he sold for $7,000 to Ty and Kelly Fish, Oelrichs, S.D. This son of AAR Ten S 7008 SA was out of a daughter of Connealy Best Option and had an 80 lb. birth weight. He weaned at 745 lb. with EPDs of BW 1.8, WW 60, MILK 27, and YW 115.
This was a very smooth, strong sale with the bidding just as strong at the end of the sale as at the start. F