Triple Play Ranches 9th Annual Production Sale Proven ~ Performance ~ Profit
Date: March 12, 2014
Location: Bales Continental Commission, Huron, SD
Auctioneer: Chisum Peterson
Reported by: Dan Piroutek
Averages: 30 yearling bulls ave. $3,400
10 open heifers ave. $2,280
The Triple Play Ranches is a combination of three ranches from the central part of eastern South Dakota. Troy and Pam Forbes and their family of Forbes Ranch are from Arlington, S.D. Hailing from Lake Preston, S.D. is Jacky Leonhardt and the Leonhardt Ranch. Volek Ranch, owned by Keith and Janice Volek and their family, is from Highmore, S.D.
The combination of these three ranches into one sale allows buyers to make one stop for both red and black Gelbvieh and Balancer bulls. Each year they also offer some heifers. This year the sale was moved to Bales Continental Commission Co. in Huron, S.D.
The high selling bull of the day was VLKA301, a high-performing Cross Fire son from the Volek Ranch that went for $10,000. The LeDoux Ranch, Agenda, Kan., and the Forbes Ranch, Arlington, S.D, tag-teamed to purchase this bull. This herd sire prospect was 63 percent Gelbvieh and 37 percent Angus. He was Lot 30, a big, stout, homo black bull with added length and dimension. He had a weaning weight ratio of 119.5 and EPDs of CE 9, BW 2.7, WW 80, YW 110, MILK 23 and TM 60.
Bob Templeton, Ree Heights, S.D., selected a purebred son of TAU Gunslinger 19U for $5,000, also from the Volek Ranch. This Lot 22 bull was born at 92 lb. and weaned at 732 lb.
Lot 16, a SAV Pioneer son from the Forbes Ranch sold to Pearson Cattle Co., Britton, S.D., for $5,000.00. He was half Gelbvieh and half Angus with a 79 lb. birth weight and a weaning weight of 702 lb. He had EPDs of CE 13, BW 0.7, WW 68, YW 108, MILK 24 and TM 57.
Wes and Brittney Spencer, Pierre, S.D., paid $4,500 to acquire BVLKA314, a stout-made, three quarter blood Astro son. This red double polled bull was born at 91 lb., weaned at 804 lb. Lot 30, from the Volek Ranch, posted EPDs of BW 2.9, WW 78, YW 103, MILK 24, TM 62, and CED 9.
Terry Wicks, Carpenter, S.D., selected Lot 24, a Final Answer son, for $4,250. This black bull had natural thickness and was half Gelbvieh and half Angus. His EPDs were CE 14, BW 0.3, WW 77, YW 116, MILK 20, and TM 59. He had grown up on the Volek Ranch.
A fall purebred bull JACK011Z, from Leonhardt Cattle Co was purchased for $3,750 by Dean Ackerman, Sibley, Iowa. This Lot 6 bull was a black Gelbvieh bull with a smooth shoulder and moderate frame, with good ranks for calving ease. Sired by JRI Top Grid and out of a daughter of Emil-Lene P019 ET, he had EPDs of CE 11, BW 0.9, WW 62, YW 87, MILK 29, TM 59 and CED 9.
The high-selling female, VLKA340, Lot 46, was sired by Lazy TV Freighter T183, and sold for $3,000 to Skylar Martin of Oregon, Ill. Junior member, Paige Lehrkamp, Highmore, S.D., took home two females, both out Lazy TV Freighter T183, for $2,500 each.