Stuber Ranch Herefords 44th Annual Production Sale
Date: April 20, 2013
Location: Stuber Ranch, Bowman, N.D.
Auctioneer: Joe Goggins
By Scott Dirk
Tri-State Livestock News
100 Yearling Hereford bulls – $4,508
61 Registered Hereford open heifers – $2,968
102 Commercial Hereford open heifers – $1,293
33 Commercial Baldy open heifers – $1,304
Roger Stuber along with Laureen, Duane and Dana hosted the 44th annual Stuber Ranch Hereford Bull Sale at the ranch north of Bowman, N.D. There was some welcome rain and wet snow that kept prospective buyers making several trips out in the cold to look over the sale offering, but when the sale started things really heated up inside, giving the Stuber family a very much deserved successful sale. The seats at the heated sale barn were filled to the rafters with registered and commercial cattlemen from across the nation. Those that couldn’t make it were represented through the phone or internet. The bulls were displayed in large pens so buyers could get a good look at them and were able to see how they traveled. This was a high quality set of Hereford bulls and females. They were thick, deep and full of muscle with plenty of length, eye appeal and carcass qualities. There were bulls to fit any aspect of the beef industry, from calving ease to powerful performance. Tere were over 15 sale bulls that had a yearling EPD value over 100.
The top selling bull was lot 6, SR Navarro 62Z, a 3/12/12 son of UPS Navarro with great herd sire potential. This bull has EPDs of BW 3.5, WW 50, YW 102, and Milk 33. He weaned off at 776 pounds with a yearling weight over 1,500 pounds plus a 15 inch ribeye to ratio at 114. VanNewkirk Herefords, Oshkosh, Neb., and Churchill Cattle Co., Manhattan, Mont., teamed up to get the final bid at $17,000.
Lot 79, SR Sustain 792Z, a 3/5/12 son of Churchill Sensation 028X with BW 1.7, WW 60, YW 102, and Milk 27 sold to Baker Farms, Streeter, Ill., for $15,000. This bull scanned a 14-inch ribeye to ratio at 106, had a 754 pound 205 day weight and 1,390 pound yearling weight.
Selling at $12,500 was lot 94, SR Sustain 942Z, a 3/31/12 son of Churchill Sensation 028X with BW 1.6, WW 61, YW 93, and Milk 28. This was another powerful herd sire prospect that weaned off at 728 pounds with a yearling weight of 1,345 pounds. Gustafson Herefords, Junction City, Kan., was the buyer.
Dry Creek Company, San Angelo, Texas, purchased the fourth highest seller at $11,000. Lot 78, SR Sustain 782Z, another son of Churchill Sensation 028X born 3/5/12, boasted EPDs including BW 0.4, WW 58, YW 88, and Milk 27 with a 1,407 pound yearling weight.
Long-time repeat Stuber Ranch bull buyer, Rankin and Sons Inc., Draper, S.D., selected the next two top bulls, both sons of UPS Navarro. Lot 5, WS Navarro 52Z is out of a CJH Harland dam with EPDs of BW 3.3, WW 51, YW 93, and Milk 28 at $10,500. And lot 13, SR Navarro 132Z is out of a CJH Harland granddaughter with BW 5.9, WW 56, YW 92, and Milk 28 sold for $9,000.
A special feature was a select group of four ET heifers all out of the NJW BW Ladysport Dew 78P donor female. This was an attractive, eye appealing and broody set of ET heifers. Lot C, SR Ladysport 2200Z ET was the top pick at $25,000 and went to Ward Ranch, McAlester, Texas. This 8/19/12 heifer was sired by NJW 98S Ribeye 88X and has BW 2.3, WW 54, YW 91, and Milk 23.
Selling at $10,000 was lot 274, SR Senita 274Z, a 3/4/12 daughter of Churchill Sensation 028X with BW -0.9, WW 54, YW 83, and Milk 28 to Iron Lake Ranch and Elke Ranch, Athens, Texas
Lot 2123, SR Navita 2123Z, a 4/26/12 daughter of UPS Navarro with BW 5.3, WW 50, YW 81, and Milk 23 sold to Pete Loehr, Peoria, Ill., at $9,000.
Topping the commercial heifers was a draft of seven straight Herefords that went to Andy and Cole Elshere, Meadow, S.D., for $1,375 per head.