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Thorstenson Gelbvieh & Angus

It was their 30th annual production sale, and a big crowd made their way to the Thorstenson bull sale. Owners, Vaughn and Wendy Thorstenson and Brian and DeDee Begeman rolled out the welcome mat at Mobridge Livestock.

This was the first sale that these families had done without their father, Ken Thorstenson, who passed away on May 5, 2010. Vaughn offered some thoughts about Ken before the sale, which many longtime repeat buyers and friends really appreciated. Vaughn called Ken their “WalMart greeter,” as he was always so happy to see his many friends and repeat customers on sale day.

This was really a good set of bulls that looked alike and were offered in volume. Since I haven’t seen these cattle for a few years, I had to say that I was really impressed with the quality from top to bottom.



The Thorstensons offer almost every genetic testing tool there is in the business, and they now have added the GrowSafe feed monitoring system to measure feed efficiency. With the increase in feed costs, this may become one of the most valuable genetic traits that we measure. These bulls spend about 70 days in the GrowSafe-equipped station, where this system electronically monitors the feed bunk each second of the day, recording all feeding activity and pairing it to specific animals by reading their ear tags. It is quite a system, and quite an investment – all in an effort to select for feed efficiency.

The Thorstensons also offer one of the best guarantees in the business, and I’m sure that this adds to the high rate of longtime repeat buyers.



Top selling bull of the day was Lot 46, Lazy TV Answer X315, a half-blood homozygous black son of SAV Final Answer. He was the first calf out of a daughter of Flying H Exclusive, and sold for $18,000 to Jon Beastrom from Pierre, SD. With a 78-lb. birth weight, he weaned at 728 lbs. to ratio 117, and reached a yearling weight of 1,359 lbs. to ratio 116. His feed efficiency score was in the top 30 percent, with a fantastic set of EPDs which included BW -3.0, WW +49, YW +104, Milk +22, RE +0.14 and Mb +0.11.

The top selling purebred Angus bull was Lot 174, selling to Leon Voegele from Trail City, SD, for $6,250. He was a yearling son of SAV Bismark 5682, out of a Pathfinder daughter of Vermilion Yellowstone. His weaning weight and yearling weight ratios were both 113, and he posted EPDs of BW +4.1, WW +57, YW +101, Milk +25, RE +0.25, and Mb +0.40. He ratioed 116 for ADG.

The Lot 181 Angus bull brought $5,250 from Wade Moser of Glenham, SD. Sired by Bluegrass Danny Boy 814 and out of a daughter of TC Rito 416, he weaned over 800 lbs. to ratio 133 and measured a 37 cm. scrotal. His EPDs were BW +2.9, WW +65, YW +107, Milk +25, RE +0.25, and Mb +0.42. He also ranked in the top 30 percent of his group for feed efficiency.

The gavel fell at $6,000 with Lot 8, a purebred Gelbvieh bull, headed home with Dennis Gustin from Mandan, ND. He was Lazy TV Powerhouse X554, a son of DVE Davidson Powerhouse 13U. This homozygous black bull had EPDs of BW +1.6, WW +39, YW +71, Milk +17, RE +0.25, and Mb -0.08. He gained 4.17 lbs. per day to ratio 131.

Joseph Schmidt from Roscoe, SD, made his top selection with the Lot 18 bull. This red yearling bull, selling for $6,000, was sired by JDPD Astro 407S, and ranked in the top 20 percent for feed efficiency.

Allan Steward, Chelsea, SD, took home a pair of red purebreds, including Lot 16 at $5,500 and Lot 17 at $5,000.

The big crowd was rewarded with excellent bulls to bid on, plus wonderful grilled pork loin sandwiches for lunch. It was a great day for efficiency-tested bulls!

It was their 30th annual production sale, and a big crowd made their way to the Thorstenson bull sale. Owners, Vaughn and Wendy Thorstenson and Brian and DeDee Begeman rolled out the welcome mat at Mobridge Livestock.

This was the first sale that these families had done without their father, Ken Thorstenson, who passed away on May 5, 2010. Vaughn offered some thoughts about Ken before the sale, which many longtime repeat buyers and friends really appreciated. Vaughn called Ken their “WalMart greeter,” as he was always so happy to see his many friends and repeat customers on sale day.

This was really a good set of bulls that looked alike and were offered in volume. Since I haven’t seen these cattle for a few years, I had to say that I was really impressed with the quality from top to bottom.

The Thorstensons offer almost every genetic testing tool there is in the business, and they now have added the GrowSafe feed monitoring system to measure feed efficiency. With the increase in feed costs, this may become one of the most valuable genetic traits that we measure. These bulls spend about 70 days in the GrowSafe-equipped station, where this system electronically monitors the feed bunk each second of the day, recording all feeding activity and pairing it to specific animals by reading their ear tags. It is quite a system, and quite an investment – all in an effort to select for feed efficiency.

The Thorstensons also offer one of the best guarantees in the business, and I’m sure that this adds to the high rate of longtime repeat buyers.

Top selling bull of the day was Lot 46, Lazy TV Answer X315, a half-blood homozygous black son of SAV Final Answer. He was the first calf out of a daughter of Flying H Exclusive, and sold for $18,000 to Jon Beastrom from Pierre, SD. With a 78-lb. birth weight, he weaned at 728 lbs. to ratio 117, and reached a yearling weight of 1,359 lbs. to ratio 116. His feed efficiency score was in the top 30 percent, with a fantastic set of EPDs which included BW -3.0, WW +49, YW +104, Milk +22, RE +0.14 and Mb +0.11.

The top selling purebred Angus bull was Lot 174, selling to Leon Voegele from Trail City, SD, for $6,250. He was a yearling son of SAV Bismark 5682, out of a Pathfinder daughter of Vermilion Yellowstone. His weaning weight and yearling weight ratios were both 113, and he posted EPDs of BW +4.1, WW +57, YW +101, Milk +25, RE +0.25, and Mb +0.40. He ratioed 116 for ADG.

The Lot 181 Angus bull brought $5,250 from Wade Moser of Glenham, SD. Sired by Bluegrass Danny Boy 814 and out of a daughter of TC Rito 416, he weaned over 800 lbs. to ratio 133 and measured a 37 cm. scrotal. His EPDs were BW +2.9, WW +65, YW +107, Milk +25, RE +0.25, and Mb +0.42. He also ranked in the top 30 percent of his group for feed efficiency.

The gavel fell at $6,000 with Lot 8, a purebred Gelbvieh bull, headed home with Dennis Gustin from Mandan, ND. He was Lazy TV Powerhouse X554, a son of DVE Davidson Powerhouse 13U. This homozygous black bull had EPDs of BW +1.6, WW +39, YW +71, Milk +17, RE +0.25, and Mb -0.08. He gained 4.17 lbs. per day to ratio 131.

Joseph Schmidt from Roscoe, SD, made his top selection with the Lot 18 bull. This red yearling bull, selling for $6,000, was sired by JDPD Astro 407S, and ranked in the top 20 percent for feed efficiency.

Allan Steward, Chelsea, SD, took home a pair of red purebreds, including Lot 16 at $5,500 and Lot 17 at $5,000.

The big crowd was rewarded with excellent bulls to bid on, plus wonderful grilled pork loin sandwiches for lunch. It was a great day for efficiency-tested bulls!

It was their 30th annual production sale, and a big crowd made their way to the Thorstenson bull sale. Owners, Vaughn and Wendy Thorstenson and Brian and DeDee Begeman rolled out the welcome mat at Mobridge Livestock.

This was the first sale that these families had done without their father, Ken Thorstenson, who passed away on May 5, 2010. Vaughn offered some thoughts about Ken before the sale, which many longtime repeat buyers and friends really appreciated. Vaughn called Ken their “WalMart greeter,” as he was always so happy to see his many friends and repeat customers on sale day.

This was really a good set of bulls that looked alike and were offered in volume. Since I haven’t seen these cattle for a few years, I had to say that I was really impressed with the quality from top to bottom.

The Thorstensons offer almost every genetic testing tool there is in the business, and they now have added the GrowSafe feed monitoring system to measure feed efficiency. With the increase in feed costs, this may become one of the most valuable genetic traits that we measure. These bulls spend about 70 days in the GrowSafe-equipped station, where this system electronically monitors the feed bunk each second of the day, recording all feeding activity and pairing it to specific animals by reading their ear tags. It is quite a system, and quite an investment – all in an effort to select for feed efficiency.

The Thorstensons also offer one of the best guarantees in the business, and I’m sure that this adds to the high rate of longtime repeat buyers.

Top selling bull of the day was Lot 46, Lazy TV Answer X315, a half-blood homozygous black son of SAV Final Answer. He was the first calf out of a daughter of Flying H Exclusive, and sold for $18,000 to Jon Beastrom from Pierre, SD. With a 78-lb. birth weight, he weaned at 728 lbs. to ratio 117, and reached a yearling weight of 1,359 lbs. to ratio 116. His feed efficiency score was in the top 30 percent, with a fantastic set of EPDs which included BW -3.0, WW +49, YW +104, Milk +22, RE +0.14 and Mb +0.11.

The top selling purebred Angus bull was Lot 174, selling to Leon Voegele from Trail City, SD, for $6,250. He was a yearling son of SAV Bismark 5682, out of a Pathfinder daughter of Vermilion Yellowstone. His weaning weight and yearling weight ratios were both 113, and he posted EPDs of BW +4.1, WW +57, YW +101, Milk +25, RE +0.25, and Mb +0.40. He ratioed 116 for ADG.

The Lot 181 Angus bull brought $5,250 from Wade Moser of Glenham, SD. Sired by Bluegrass Danny Boy 814 and out of a daughter of TC Rito 416, he weaned over 800 lbs. to ratio 133 and measured a 37 cm. scrotal. His EPDs were BW +2.9, WW +65, YW +107, Milk +25, RE +0.25, and Mb +0.42. He also ranked in the top 30 percent of his group for feed efficiency.

The gavel fell at $6,000 with Lot 8, a purebred Gelbvieh bull, headed home with Dennis Gustin from Mandan, ND. He was Lazy TV Powerhouse X554, a son of DVE Davidson Powerhouse 13U. This homozygous black bull had EPDs of BW +1.6, WW +39, YW +71, Milk +17, RE +0.25, and Mb -0.08. He gained 4.17 lbs. per day to ratio 131.

Joseph Schmidt from Roscoe, SD, made his top selection with the Lot 18 bull. This red yearling bull, selling for $6,000, was sired by JDPD Astro 407S, and ranked in the top 20 percent for feed efficiency.

Allan Steward, Chelsea, SD, took home a pair of red purebreds, including Lot 16 at $5,500 and Lot 17 at $5,000.

The big crowd was rewarded with excellent bulls to bid on, plus wonderful grilled pork loin sandwiches for lunch. It was a great day for efficiency-tested bulls!

It was their 30th annual production sale, and a big crowd made their way to the Thorstenson bull sale. Owners, Vaughn and Wendy Thorstenson and Brian and DeDee Begeman rolled out the welcome mat at Mobridge Livestock.

This was the first sale that these families had done without their father, Ken Thorstenson, who passed away on May 5, 2010. Vaughn offered some thoughts about Ken before the sale, which many longtime repeat buyers and friends really appreciated. Vaughn called Ken their “WalMart greeter,” as he was always so happy to see his many friends and repeat customers on sale day.

This was really a good set of bulls that looked alike and were offered in volume. Since I haven’t seen these cattle for a few years, I had to say that I was really impressed with the quality from top to bottom.

The Thorstensons offer almost every genetic testing tool there is in the business, and they now have added the GrowSafe feed monitoring system to measure feed efficiency. With the increase in feed costs, this may become one of the most valuable genetic traits that we measure. These bulls spend about 70 days in the GrowSafe-equipped station, where this system electronically monitors the feed bunk each second of the day, recording all feeding activity and pairing it to specific animals by reading their ear tags. It is quite a system, and quite an investment – all in an effort to select for feed efficiency.

The Thorstensons also offer one of the best guarantees in the business, and I’m sure that this adds to the high rate of longtime repeat buyers.

Top selling bull of the day was Lot 46, Lazy TV Answer X315, a half-blood homozygous black son of SAV Final Answer. He was the first calf out of a daughter of Flying H Exclusive, and sold for $18,000 to Jon Beastrom from Pierre, SD. With a 78-lb. birth weight, he weaned at 728 lbs. to ratio 117, and reached a yearling weight of 1,359 lbs. to ratio 116. His feed efficiency score was in the top 30 percent, with a fantastic set of EPDs which included BW -3.0, WW +49, YW +104, Milk +22, RE +0.14 and Mb +0.11.

The top selling purebred Angus bull was Lot 174, selling to Leon Voegele from Trail City, SD, for $6,250. He was a yearling son of SAV Bismark 5682, out of a Pathfinder daughter of Vermilion Yellowstone. His weaning weight and yearling weight ratios were both 113, and he posted EPDs of BW +4.1, WW +57, YW +101, Milk +25, RE +0.25, and Mb +0.40. He ratioed 116 for ADG.

The Lot 181 Angus bull brought $5,250 from Wade Moser of Glenham, SD. Sired by Bluegrass Danny Boy 814 and out of a daughter of TC Rito 416, he weaned over 800 lbs. to ratio 133 and measured a 37 cm. scrotal. His EPDs were BW +2.9, WW +65, YW +107, Milk +25, RE +0.25, and Mb +0.42. He also ranked in the top 30 percent of his group for feed efficiency.

The gavel fell at $6,000 with Lot 8, a purebred Gelbvieh bull, headed home with Dennis Gustin from Mandan, ND. He was Lazy TV Powerhouse X554, a son of DVE Davidson Powerhouse 13U. This homozygous black bull had EPDs of BW +1.6, WW +39, YW +71, Milk +17, RE +0.25, and Mb -0.08. He gained 4.17 lbs. per day to ratio 131.

Joseph Schmidt from Roscoe, SD, made his top selection with the Lot 18 bull. This red yearling bull, selling for $6,000, was sired by JDPD Astro 407S, and ranked in the top 20 percent for feed efficiency.

Allan Steward, Chelsea, SD, took home a pair of red purebreds, including Lot 16 at $5,500 and Lot 17 at $5,000.

The big crowd was rewarded with excellent bulls to bid on, plus wonderful grilled pork loin sandwiches for lunch. It was a great day for efficiency-tested bulls!

It was their 30th annual production sale, and a big crowd made their way to the Thorstenson bull sale. Owners, Vaughn and Wendy Thorstenson and Brian and DeDee Begeman rolled out the welcome mat at Mobridge Livestock.

This was the first sale that these families had done without their father, Ken Thorstenson, who passed away on May 5, 2010. Vaughn offered some thoughts about Ken before the sale, which many longtime repeat buyers and friends really appreciated. Vaughn called Ken their “WalMart greeter,” as he was always so happy to see his many friends and repeat customers on sale day.

This was really a good set of bulls that looked alike and were offered in volume. Since I haven’t seen these cattle for a few years, I had to say that I was really impressed with the quality from top to bottom.

The Thorstensons offer almost every genetic testing tool there is in the business, and they now have added the GrowSafe feed monitoring system to measure feed efficiency. With the increase in feed costs, this may become one of the most valuable genetic traits that we measure. These bulls spend about 70 days in the GrowSafe-equipped station, where this system electronically monitors the feed bunk each second of the day, recording all feeding activity and pairing it to specific animals by reading their ear tags. It is quite a system, and quite an investment – all in an effort to select for feed efficiency.

The Thorstensons also offer one of the best guarantees in the business, and I’m sure that this adds to the high rate of longtime repeat buyers.

Top selling bull of the day was Lot 46, Lazy TV Answer X315, a half-blood homozygous black son of SAV Final Answer. He was the first calf out of a daughter of Flying H Exclusive, and sold for $18,000 to Jon Beastrom from Pierre, SD. With a 78-lb. birth weight, he weaned at 728 lbs. to ratio 117, and reached a yearling weight of 1,359 lbs. to ratio 116. His feed efficiency score was in the top 30 percent, with a fantastic set of EPDs which included BW -3.0, WW +49, YW +104, Milk +22, RE +0.14 and Mb +0.11.

The top selling purebred Angus bull was Lot 174, selling to Leon Voegele from Trail City, SD, for $6,250. He was a yearling son of SAV Bismark 5682, out of a Pathfinder daughter of Vermilion Yellowstone. His weaning weight and yearling weight ratios were both 113, and he posted EPDs of BW +4.1, WW +57, YW +101, Milk +25, RE +0.25, and Mb +0.40. He ratioed 116 for ADG.

The Lot 181 Angus bull brought $5,250 from Wade Moser of Glenham, SD. Sired by Bluegrass Danny Boy 814 and out of a daughter of TC Rito 416, he weaned over 800 lbs. to ratio 133 and measured a 37 cm. scrotal. His EPDs were BW +2.9, WW +65, YW +107, Milk +25, RE +0.25, and Mb +0.42. He also ranked in the top 30 percent of his group for feed efficiency.

The gavel fell at $6,000 with Lot 8, a purebred Gelbvieh bull, headed home with Dennis Gustin from Mandan, ND. He was Lazy TV Powerhouse X554, a son of DVE Davidson Powerhouse 13U. This homozygous black bull had EPDs of BW +1.6, WW +39, YW +71, Milk +17, RE +0.25, and Mb -0.08. He gained 4.17 lbs. per day to ratio 131.

Joseph Schmidt from Roscoe, SD, made his top selection with the Lot 18 bull. This red yearling bull, selling for $6,000, was sired by JDPD Astro 407S, and ranked in the top 20 percent for feed efficiency.

Allan Steward, Chelsea, SD, took home a pair of red purebreds, including Lot 16 at $5,500 and Lot 17 at $5,000.

The big crowd was rewarded with excellent bulls to bid on, plus wonderful grilled pork loin sandwiches for lunch. It was a great day for efficiency-tested bulls!

It was their 30th annual production sale, and a big crowd made their way to the Thorstenson bull sale. Owners, Vaughn and Wendy Thorstenson and Brian and DeDee Begeman rolled out the welcome mat at Mobridge Livestock.

This was the first sale that these families had done without their father, Ken Thorstenson, who passed away on May 5, 2010. Vaughn offered some thoughts about Ken before the sale, which many longtime repeat buyers and friends really appreciated. Vaughn called Ken their “WalMart greeter,” as he was always so happy to see his many friends and repeat customers on sale day.

This was really a good set of bulls that looked alike and were offered in volume. Since I haven’t seen these cattle for a few years, I had to say that I was really impressed with the quality from top to bottom.

The Thorstensons offer almost every genetic testing tool there is in the business, and they now have added the GrowSafe feed monitoring system to measure feed efficiency. With the increase in feed costs, this may become one of the most valuable genetic traits that we measure. These bulls spend about 70 days in the GrowSafe-equipped station, where this system electronically monitors the feed bunk each second of the day, recording all feeding activity and pairing it to specific animals by reading their ear tags. It is quite a system, and quite an investment – all in an effort to select for feed efficiency.

The Thorstensons also offer one of the best guarantees in the business, and I’m sure that this adds to the high rate of longtime repeat buyers.

Top selling bull of the day was Lot 46, Lazy TV Answer X315, a half-blood homozygous black son of SAV Final Answer. He was the first calf out of a daughter of Flying H Exclusive, and sold for $18,000 to Jon Beastrom from Pierre, SD. With a 78-lb. birth weight, he weaned at 728 lbs. to ratio 117, and reached a yearling weight of 1,359 lbs. to ratio 116. His feed efficiency score was in the top 30 percent, with a fantastic set of EPDs which included BW -3.0, WW +49, YW +104, Milk +22, RE +0.14 and Mb +0.11.

The top selling purebred Angus bull was Lot 174, selling to Leon Voegele from Trail City, SD, for $6,250. He was a yearling son of SAV Bismark 5682, out of a Pathfinder daughter of Vermilion Yellowstone. His weaning weight and yearling weight ratios were both 113, and he posted EPDs of BW +4.1, WW +57, YW +101, Milk +25, RE +0.25, and Mb +0.40. He ratioed 116 for ADG.

The Lot 181 Angus bull brought $5,250 from Wade Moser of Glenham, SD. Sired by Bluegrass Danny Boy 814 and out of a daughter of TC Rito 416, he weaned over 800 lbs. to ratio 133 and measured a 37 cm. scrotal. His EPDs were BW +2.9, WW +65, YW +107, Milk +25, RE +0.25, and Mb +0.42. He also ranked in the top 30 percent of his group for feed efficiency.

The gavel fell at $6,000 with Lot 8, a purebred Gelbvieh bull, headed home with Dennis Gustin from Mandan, ND. He was Lazy TV Powerhouse X554, a son of DVE Davidson Powerhouse 13U. This homozygous black bull had EPDs of BW +1.6, WW +39, YW +71, Milk +17, RE +0.25, and Mb -0.08. He gained 4.17 lbs. per day to ratio 131.

Joseph Schmidt from Roscoe, SD, made his top selection with the Lot 18 bull. This red yearling bull, selling for $6,000, was sired by JDPD Astro 407S, and ranked in the top 20 percent for feed efficiency.

Allan Steward, Chelsea, SD, took home a pair of red purebreds, including Lot 16 at $5,500 and Lot 17 at $5,000.

The big crowd was rewarded with excellent bulls to bid on, plus wonderful grilled pork loin sandwiches for lunch. It was a great day for efficiency-tested bulls!

It was their 30th annual production sale, and a big crowd made their way to the Thorstenson bull sale. Owners, Vaughn and Wendy Thorstenson and Brian and DeDee Begeman rolled out the welcome mat at Mobridge Livestock.

This was the first sale that these families had done without their father, Ken Thorstenson, who passed away on May 5, 2010. Vaughn offered some thoughts about Ken before the sale, which many longtime repeat buyers and friends really appreciated. Vaughn called Ken their “WalMart greeter,” as he was always so happy to see his many friends and repeat customers on sale day.

This was really a good set of bulls that looked alike and were offered in volume. Since I haven’t seen these cattle for a few years, I had to say that I was really impressed with the quality from top to bottom.

The Thorstensons offer almost every genetic testing tool there is in the business, and they now have added the GrowSafe feed monitoring system to measure feed efficiency. With the increase in feed costs, this may become one of the most valuable genetic traits that we measure. These bulls spend about 70 days in the GrowSafe-equipped station, where this system electronically monitors the feed bunk each second of the day, recording all feeding activity and pairing it to specific animals by reading their ear tags. It is quite a system, and quite an investment – all in an effort to select for feed efficiency.

The Thorstensons also offer one of the best guarantees in the business, and I’m sure that this adds to the high rate of longtime repeat buyers.

Top selling bull of the day was Lot 46, Lazy TV Answer X315, a half-blood homozygous black son of SAV Final Answer. He was the first calf out of a daughter of Flying H Exclusive, and sold for $18,000 to Jon Beastrom from Pierre, SD. With a 78-lb. birth weight, he weaned at 728 lbs. to ratio 117, and reached a yearling weight of 1,359 lbs. to ratio 116. His feed efficiency score was in the top 30 percent, with a fantastic set of EPDs which included BW -3.0, WW +49, YW +104, Milk +22, RE +0.14 and Mb +0.11.

The top selling purebred Angus bull was Lot 174, selling to Leon Voegele from Trail City, SD, for $6,250. He was a yearling son of SAV Bismark 5682, out of a Pathfinder daughter of Vermilion Yellowstone. His weaning weight and yearling weight ratios were both 113, and he posted EPDs of BW +4.1, WW +57, YW +101, Milk +25, RE +0.25, and Mb +0.40. He ratioed 116 for ADG.

The Lot 181 Angus bull brought $5,250 from Wade Moser of Glenham, SD. Sired by Bluegrass Danny Boy 814 and out of a daughter of TC Rito 416, he weaned over 800 lbs. to ratio 133 and measured a 37 cm. scrotal. His EPDs were BW +2.9, WW +65, YW +107, Milk +25, RE +0.25, and Mb +0.42. He also ranked in the top 30 percent of his group for feed efficiency.

The gavel fell at $6,000 with Lot 8, a purebred Gelbvieh bull, headed home with Dennis Gustin from Mandan, ND. He was Lazy TV Powerhouse X554, a son of DVE Davidson Powerhouse 13U. This homozygous black bull had EPDs of BW +1.6, WW +39, YW +71, Milk +17, RE +0.25, and Mb -0.08. He gained 4.17 lbs. per day to ratio 131.

Joseph Schmidt from Roscoe, SD, made his top selection with the Lot 18 bull. This red yearling bull, selling for $6,000, was sired by JDPD Astro 407S, and ranked in the top 20 percent for feed efficiency.

Allan Steward, Chelsea, SD, took home a pair of red purebreds, including Lot 16 at $5,500 and Lot 17 at $5,000.

The big crowd was rewarded with excellent bulls to bid on, plus wonderful grilled pork loin sandwiches for lunch. It was a great day for efficiency-tested bulls!

It was their 30th annual production sale, and a big crowd made their way to the Thorstenson bull sale. Owners, Vaughn and Wendy Thorstenson and Brian and DeDee Begeman rolled out the welcome mat at Mobridge Livestock.

This was the first sale that these families had done without their father, Ken Thorstenson, who passed away on May 5, 2010. Vaughn offered some thoughts about Ken before the sale, which many longtime repeat buyers and friends really appreciated. Vaughn called Ken their “WalMart greeter,” as he was always so happy to see his many friends and repeat customers on sale day.

This was really a good set of bulls that looked alike and were offered in volume. Since I haven’t seen these cattle for a few years, I had to say that I was really impressed with the quality from top to bottom.

The Thorstensons offer almost every genetic testing tool there is in the business, and they now have added the GrowSafe feed monitoring system to measure feed efficiency. With the increase in feed costs, this may become one of the most valuable genetic traits that we measure. These bulls spend about 70 days in the GrowSafe-equipped station, where this system electronically monitors the feed bunk each second of the day, recording all feeding activity and pairing it to specific animals by reading their ear tags. It is quite a system, and quite an investment – all in an effort to select for feed efficiency.

The Thorstensons also offer one of the best guarantees in the business, and I’m sure that this adds to the high rate of longtime repeat buyers.

Top selling bull of the day was Lot 46, Lazy TV Answer X315, a half-blood homozygous black son of SAV Final Answer. He was the first calf out of a daughter of Flying H Exclusive, and sold for $18,000 to Jon Beastrom from Pierre, SD. With a 78-lb. birth weight, he weaned at 728 lbs. to ratio 117, and reached a yearling weight of 1,359 lbs. to ratio 116. His feed efficiency score was in the top 30 percent, with a fantastic set of EPDs which included BW -3.0, WW +49, YW +104, Milk +22, RE +0.14 and Mb +0.11.

The top selling purebred Angus bull was Lot 174, selling to Leon Voegele from Trail City, SD, for $6,250. He was a yearling son of SAV Bismark 5682, out of a Pathfinder daughter of Vermilion Yellowstone. His weaning weight and yearling weight ratios were both 113, and he posted EPDs of BW +4.1, WW +57, YW +101, Milk +25, RE +0.25, and Mb +0.40. He ratioed 116 for ADG.

The Lot 181 Angus bull brought $5,250 from Wade Moser of Glenham, SD. Sired by Bluegrass Danny Boy 814 and out of a daughter of TC Rito 416, he weaned over 800 lbs. to ratio 133 and measured a 37 cm. scrotal. His EPDs were BW +2.9, WW +65, YW +107, Milk +25, RE +0.25, and Mb +0.42. He also ranked in the top 30 percent of his group for feed efficiency.

The gavel fell at $6,000 with Lot 8, a purebred Gelbvieh bull, headed home with Dennis Gustin from Mandan, ND. He was Lazy TV Powerhouse X554, a son of DVE Davidson Powerhouse 13U. This homozygous black bull had EPDs of BW +1.6, WW +39, YW +71, Milk +17, RE +0.25, and Mb -0.08. He gained 4.17 lbs. per day to ratio 131.

Joseph Schmidt from Roscoe, SD, made his top selection with the Lot 18 bull. This red yearling bull, selling for $6,000, was sired by JDPD Astro 407S, and ranked in the top 20 percent for feed efficiency.

Allan Steward, Chelsea, SD, took home a pair of red purebreds, including Lot 16 at $5,500 and Lot 17 at $5,000.

The big crowd was rewarded with excellent bulls to bid on, plus wonderful grilled pork loin sandwiches for lunch. It was a great day for efficiency-tested bulls!


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