Wilken Angus: Your Connection to Profitable Genetics
February 2, 2015
Date: May 3, 2014
Location: Faith Livestock Commission Co., Faith, SD
Auctioneer: Doug Dietterle
Reported by: Dan Piroutek
74 ylg Angus bulls: $5,763
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82 two-yr-old Angus bulls: $5,240
156 total Angus bulls: $5,489
118 commercial ylg Angus heifers: $1,520
Wilken Angus, owned by Gary and Lori Wilken and their beautiful family, hosted perhaps the largest crowd ever at Faith Livestock. This year Gary decided to move his sale to Saturday, and this proved to be a very good deal as this large crowd competed to make this a fantastic sale.
Wilken Angus Ranch is located near Meadow, S.D., in western South Dakota. In the Wilken program, every bull has been AI sired with a very strong percentage of calving ease bulls. All of the sires are proven to be very maternal, calving ease bulls that have performance along with good dispositions.
This year the entire offering of bulls was DNA tested with Pfizer High Density 50K Global Tests for specific economic DNA markers. This test provides molecular value predictions on 16 traits using 50,000 DNA markers. Data was available on every animal offered for sale by the Wilken Ranch.
This was a very strong sale! There were many bulls in the $4,500 – $5,500 range all day long.
The top selling bull of the day was Lot 238, a two-year-old bull, selling for $13,000 to Brian Morris, Meadow, S.D., He was a son of SAV Final Answer 0035 and out of a Bushwacker daughter. Born at only 64 lb., he had a weaning weight ratio of 103 and a yearling weight ratio of 117.
Randy Clark, Quinn, S.D., chose two of the top bulls in Lot 268 at $11,500 and Lot 256 at $10,000. The Lot 268 two-year-old bull was a son of SAV Final Answer 0035 and out of a 6I6 daughter. He had a 72 lb. birth weight and a yearling weight ratio of 110. He weighed in at 1,550 lb. on the 10th of March.
Lot 256 was another two-year-old son of SAV Final Answer 0035 and out of a daughter of New Design 208. He was born at 70 lb. and posted a yearling weight ratio of 104. His March 10th weight was 1560 lb.
Lot 236 sold for $9,000 to Ross Krull, Harrold, S.D. This son of SAV Final Answer 0035 was out of a Bushwacker daughter. Here was another two-year-old bull with a low birth weight of 70 lb. He took off and grew to attain a weaning weight ratio of 104 and a yearling ratio of 113. His March weight was 1,525 lb.
Randy Clark also bought the top yearling bull in this sale for $9,000. Lot 395 was a son of SAV Final Answer who was out of a daughter of 6I6. He had an 82 lb. birth weight and a weaning weight ratio of 110. His adjusted yearling weight was 1207 lb. He was a recommended heifer bull.
There was good demand for the 118 commercial heifers. Some folks came just for these heifers.
This was truly one of the top bull sales of the season. What a nice way to close out this strong market on breeding bulls in South Dakota!
Congratulations to this family, and thanks for the great hospitality.