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Re: 2017 Bull Sale

Posted: Wed Jun 21, 2017 7:23 am
by JWBrahman
GAR Momentum full brother is the best Angus bull here. There are 11 GAR bulls spending the summer by the catch pen.

Re: 2017 Bull Sale

Posted: Wed Jun 21, 2017 6:23 pm
by kdhansen
VERY NICE Ardrossan Equator son..looks a lot like his sire. How's his dam bred? Will be interested to see how he does in the sale. Well done!

Re: 2017 Bull Sale

Posted: Wed Jun 21, 2017 6:34 pm
by wbvs58
kdhansen wrote:VERY NICE Ardrossan Equator son..looks a lot like his sire. How's his dam bred? Will be interested to see how he does in the sale. Well done!


Thanks, his dam is by BR Ambush 28 and granddam by Gardens Highmark.

Ken

Re: 2017 Bull Sale

Posted: Wed Jun 21, 2017 10:06 pm
by jscunn
wbvs,
What is your best sire group? Nice bulls..

Re: 2017 Bull Sale

Posted: Thu Jun 22, 2017 3:45 am
by wbvs58
jscunn wrote:wbvs,
What is your best sire group? Nice bulls..


JS, I really find that hard to say, I have representives from all sires in my top group. If I am happy with a sire I like to use them for 3 years and then move on. With only a small herd of 25-30 cows that gives me a chance to retain some nice heifers but not get too top heavy with any one sire. I must say I have been very happy with the SAV Thunderbirds, they have been very easy on heifers, not overly small just a very consistent moderate size you don't seem to get any extremes but they are very vigorous calves that hit the ground running and grow fast. The bulls are very easy to sell, again they are very even across the board and are the first that people pick out to buy.

Ken

Re: 2017 Bull Sale

Posted: Thu Jun 22, 2017 9:05 am
by kdhansen
Is this a private sale, or a group of different breeders? Do you have any "favorite" daughters?

Re: 2017 Bull Sale

Posted: Thu Jun 22, 2017 6:48 pm
by wbvs58
kdhansen wrote:Is this a private sale, or a group of different breeders? Do you have any "favorite" daughters?

The sale is 3 of us local small breeders putting in together to promote the sale, this will be our 2nd year.

Again the SAV Thunderbird daughters are looking good, I had a couple calve last year and they did a good job. I have a couple of the Ardrossan Equator A241 daughters who are doing a good job on their calves, the bull L2 is the first calf from an A241 daughter.

Ken

Re: 2017 Bull Sale

Posted: Sun Jun 25, 2017 3:34 pm
by kdhansen
Do you put much/any validity on the AA structural trait EBV's when you select your AI sires? I sorta watch those (USA AI sires mostly), and some sure have some bad scores, but then their sire, or offspring (on an older bull), rate pretty decent. (That is the main reason I haven't tried Thunderbird... guess I'm looking for a reason to use him?? )
Sounds like you put a lot of thought into your selections (and it shows). Will be looking forward to see how your sale turns out. I marked it on my calendar to check back here. Thanks for sharing!

Re: 2017 Bull Sale

Posted: Sat Aug 19, 2017 12:53 pm
by kdhansen
Ken, how did the bull sale go?

Re: 2017 Bull Sale

Posted: Sat Aug 19, 2017 7:37 pm
by wbvs58
Yes for me it was an excellent sale. I sold all my 2 yr old bulls (8 of them, I had 2 scratchings) and averaged $5937, my top was $7000, I had 2 @ $6500, 2 @ $6000, my bottom 2 went for $5000 so I am all smiles. Of my 4 yearlings I sold 3, 2 @ $4500 and 1 @ $3000 and brought the best of them home to fight another day, very happy with them as well. My partner topped the sale at $8000 but had a much lower average.

Ken

Re: 2017 Bull Sale

Posted: Sat Aug 19, 2017 7:58 pm
by True Grit Farms
Job well done Ken.

Re: 2017 Bull Sale

Posted: Sun Aug 20, 2017 7:12 pm
by jscunn
Congratulations nice sale

Re: 2017 Bull Sale

Posted: Sun Aug 20, 2017 8:54 pm
by gizmom
Nice Bulls! Congratulations on your sale, I would be doing a happy dance with those prices!

Gizmom

Re: 2017 Bull Sale

Posted: Sun Aug 20, 2017 11:02 pm
by elkwc
Congratulations on a grreat sale. Very nice bulls. Your prices where you are are much stouter than they are here. Unless a PB breeder buys one nothing will go above 4 and most below 3500. A lot of good bulls available around here now.

Re: 2017 Bull Sale

Posted: Mon Aug 21, 2017 3:39 am
by wbvs58
Thanks everyone, yes prices have been strong here though they are starting to dip a bit now with some very dry conditions in late winter and not much prospect for a wet summer. I heard of some other sales last week that disappointed a bit so I think we just scraped in. I was very fortunate in that I was the only one of the 3 vendors that had vaccinated them for Tick Fever and we had some buyers from down on the coast that wanted the ones "blooded" for tick fever and that put a bit of a backbone in my offering.

Ken