Spruce Hill Ranch Combined Advantage 20th Annual Production Sale
Date: Feb. 12, 2014
Location: Bowman Auction Market, Bowman, N.D.
Auctioneer: Lynn Weishaar and Seth Weishaar
Reported by: Dan Piroutek and Chris Effling
50 Angus two-yr-old bulls $5,220
9 Sim-Angus two-yr-old bulls: $4,055
13 Sim-Angus ylg bulls $3,557
104 open commercial ylg hfrs: $1,164
Chad and Michelle Rotenberger and their family, along with Dr. Bill Rotenberger, hosted a good crowd at their annual Spruce Hill Ranch production sale. There had been a small snowstorm blow through the area the night before, and this made for some slick roads.
They presented an outstanding set of two-yr-old bulls, as well as a top set of yearling Sim-Angus bulls. The bulls were in excellent condition. They showed their muscle potential without being too fat. These bulls are hard and ready for heavy service, making the Spruce Hill Ranch an excellent source for Angus and Sim-Angus bulls.
The top end of these two-year-old bulls was met with as good of demand as I’ve seen. There were some excellent buys made in the Sim-Angus portion of the sale.
Top selling bull of the day was Lot 11, selling for $13,500 to Garrett Miller, Scranton, N.D. This bull was a son of the Spruce Hill herd sire, Granger Great Falls 053. Born at 84 lb., he was out of a daughter of Stevenson Bruno who had ratioed 107 on 8 calves. He had EPDs of CED 1, BW 3, WW 64, MILK 28, YW 100, MARB 0.30, and RE 0.20. With an impressive 803 lb. weaning weight, he grew to a yearling weight of 1,310 lb. to ratio 106.
Gilbert Angus Ranch, Buffalo, SD, topped their purchase with Lot 2 at $9,750. He was a son of Granger Great Falls 053 and out of a daughter of Falcon Rockn D who had ratioed 109 on 2 calves. His EPDs were CED 3, BW 2.8, WW 65, MILK 23, YW 112, MARB 0.44, and RE 0.45. Born at 89 lb., he weaned at 766 lb. to ratio 110, and had a yearling weight of 1,342 lb. to ratio 109.
Lot 38 also sold to the Gilbert Angus Ranch, and his price was $9,250. Sired by Spruce Hill Rio 9209, he was out of a daughter of Bon View New Design 878, and had an 86 lb. birth weight. He weaned at 782 lb. and posted a yearling weight of 1,339 lb. He had a 46 cm. scrotal measurement.
Jerry and Larry Laubourn, Rhame, N.D., chose Lot 5 at $8,750. Another son of Grange Great Falls 053, he had EPDs of CED 7, BW 0.9, WW 62, MILK 27, and YW 105. He had a 74 lb. birth weight and a weaning weight of 747 lb. His scrotal measurement was 40.5 cm.
The Lot 1 Angus bull also brought $8,750 from Gilbert Angus Ranch. He was another son of the 053 bull and had a 78 lb. birth weight before weaning at 808 lb. to ratio 116. His yearling weight was 1,384 lb. to ratio 113.
The top selling Sim-Angus bull was Lot 97, selling to repeat buyer, Jim Wilkinson, Reva, S.D., for $5,750. This yearling was 1/4 Simmental and 3/4 Angus. Born at 87 lb., he weaned at 780 lb. He was sired by Granger Great Falls 053 and out of a daughter of JF Net Merit 618S.
Lot 59, son of HL Formulation 506X was out of a daughter of Falcon Rockn D 358M, and sold to Jim Wilkinson for $5,000.
The Rotenbergers provide outstanding service to their customers, and some of the best pre-sale beef stew and chili in the country.
Lot 2 – A son of Sitz Upward 307R to Gilbert Angus at $7,750
Lot 40 – A son of S Chisum 6175 to Garret & Bryan Miller, Scranton, N.D., for $7,000
Lot 4 – A son of Sitz Upward 307R to Gilbert Angus for $6,500
Lot 19 – A son of Sitz New Design 458N to Gilbert Angus for $6,500
The top selling two-yr-old Sim-Angus bull was Lot 71, and he sold to Sheryl Turbiville, Rhame, N.D., for $5,750.
The top selling yearling Sim-Angus bull, Lot 113, a son of JF Net Merit 618S, sold for $12,000 to Dave Lensegrav, Meadow, S.D. Chad felt that this was one of the best Sim-Angus bulls he has ever raised. Born at 88 lb., he weaned at 869 lb. and had a yearling weight of 1,322 lb.
The Lot 85 yearling Sim-Angus bull sold for $6,000 to Chad Miller, Bowman, N.D.
The Rotenberger family presents an outstanding line-up of food and hospitality both before and after the sale.