Watje Zimmerman Pounds for Profit Performance Bull Sale
Date: Mar. 10, 2014
Location: Faith Livestock Commission Co.
Auctioneer: Seth Weishaar
Reported by: Dan Piroutek
Averages: 15 Charolais Bulls ave. $4,500
The Watje Zimmerman bull sale is one of the best kept secrets for a Charolais bull sale in South Dakota. This is truly an outstanding set of Charolais bulls. I can testify to this fact as I have used some of these bulls.
Jay Watje raises these bulls at Willmar, Minn., and brings them out to western South Dakota for area ranchers. This is their 17th annual sale, and they have a strong lineup of pedigrees.
Sires included Diablo, a Canadian outcross bull and the 2012 National Western Stock Show Grand Champion. The Riggins lines, going back to Duke, have also performed well, including siring the $16,000 champion Charolais bull at this year’s Black Hills Stock Show. At this sale we also found bulls sired by Backdraft.
The sale moved along quickly with every bull finding a new home. The demand has been high for Charolais bulls in South Dakota this spring, and this is a great place to select those Charolais genetics to produce those heavy-weaning Charolais cross calves.
The top selling bull of the day was Lot 13, selling for $6,250. He was sired by SCC WZCC Riggins 6448 PLD and out of a daughter of HCF Easy Breaker 2055. Born at 86 lb., he weaned at 909 lb., and had EPDs of CE 9, BW -1.4, WW 23, YW 41, MILK 10, MCE 5 and TM 21. He was one of several purchased by the Haines family of Fairview Ranch at Faith, S.D.
Lot 5 was swept up by the Reeder Ranch, Prairie City, S.D. He was also sired by Riggins, weighing 90 lb. at birth, and weaning at 943 lb. His EPDs included BW 0.4, WW 29, YW 52, MILK 9 and TM 23. This good bull sold for $6,000.
Fairview Ranch was back to purchase Lot 12 at $5,750. He was a half-brother to the Lot 13 bull that they also purchased. Sired by Riggins, he posted EPDs of BW 0.6, WW 29, YW 49, MILK 8, and TM 22.
Selling at $5,500 was Lot 3, also headed to Fairview Ranch. This son of Riggins was out of a daughter of SCC Southern Alliance ET. He welcomed the world at 86 lb. and just kept growing, reaching a weaning weight of 969 lb. His EPDs included CE 9, BW -1.1, WW 28, YW 47, and TM 19.
Another buyer on the seats was Ron Goldade, Timber Lake, S.D. He chose Lot 14 at $5,250. He was sired by Sparrow’s Sanchez 715T and out of a daughter of JDJ Smokester J1377 P ET. This muscular bull weaned at 909 lb. with a 94 lb. birth weight. His EPDs were BW 2.6, WW 27, YW 49, MILK 14, and TM 28.
We will be anxious to see the good bulls they bring out to Faith for next year’s sale. Call up Jay Watje and visit about your needs. He will be happy to visit with you.