KANSAS CITY, Mo. ¬¬¬— Excitement and enthusiasm filled the air in the packed Beef Palace Auction Arena for the Mile High Night Hereford Sale, Jan. 14, at the National Western Stock Show (NWSS) in Denver. The Hereford offering was top-notch and the bidding proved it. When Eddie Sims, National Cattle Services Inc., silenced the gavel for the final time, $455,610 was spent, 8.375 bulls averaged $26,101, more than double the average of last year, and 19 females commanded $7,016 per head. Three flushes brought $8,333, per flush, also about double the average of last year and 52 embryos averaged $687. The overall average was $12,855, up from $10,762 last year.
Topping the sale at a whopping $69,000 was Lot 8, which was a one-time-only opportunity to buy semen from CL 1 Domino 955W, consigned by Hoffman/W4 LLC, Thedford, Neb., and Churchill Cattle Co, Manhattan, Mont. Twenty-seven buyers took advantage of this rare opportunity by purchasing semen packages. Lot 8 buyers are: Larsons’ Polled Herefords, Clifton, Texas; Carswell-Nichols Herefords, Alton, Kan.; Castle Herefords, Crawford, Okla.; Four L Herefords, Atwood, Tenn.; Abrakadabra Cattle Co., Columbia, Mo.; Rocking Chair Ranch, Ft. McKavett, Texas; Rogers Herefords/Eldred Family Herefords, Eatonville, Wash.; BC Herefords, Toledo, Wash.; Olsen’s Timberline Ranch, Raymond, Wash.; George Ochsner & Sons, Torrington, Wyo.; Grand Meadows Farm, Ada, Mich.; Cottonwood Springs Farm, Cedar, Mich.; Roy Chumbley, Sherman, Texas; Chris Frans, Thomas, Okla.; Wells Bekins, Buffalo, Wyo.; Jay Middleswarth, Torrington, Wyo.; Mimms Herefords, Lorenzo, Texas; Fuchee Creek Cattle Co., Cushing, Okla.; Kent Dedert, Quincy, Ill.; Mike Steckel, Taylor, Neb.; Coleman Herefords, Westcliffe, Colo.; Al Calise and Dick England, Bend, Ore.; Kevin Heath, Cody, Neb.; Climbing Tree Ranch, Westcliffe, Colo.; Julius Kellner, Okeene, Okla.; Heartland Herefords LLC, Berwyn, Neb. and Jensen Bros., Courtland, Kan.
Close behind at $52,000 was the second high-selling offering, Lot 3, a quarter-interest in DeLHawk Kahuna 1009 ET. DeLHawk Cattle Co., Earlville, Ill., and Happ Herefords, Mendota, Ill., consigned this “future superstar” bull. Buyers included: John Bicklehaupt, Mt. Carroll, Ill.; Nelson Land & Cattle, Kingston, Okla.; Gale Laudeman Family, Bremen, Ind.; Hill & Hollow Farms, Bradford, Ohio; Miller Herefords, Oblong, Ill.; Jensen Farms, Bonfield, Ill.; Albin Farms, Newman, Ill.; Grassy Run Farm, Winfield W. Va.; Derek Tribble, Union City, Mo.; Scott Torrance Family, Media, Ill.; Grant Wiswell Family, Elkhorn, Wis.; Kegley Farms, Burlington, Wis.; Bauer Hereford Farm/Way More Encore/County Line Cattle, Bonfield, Ill.; George Oschner & Sons, Torrington, Wyo.; ANL Polled Herefords, Steelman, Saskatchewan; Andy Lamb, Wilson, Wis.; Elise Hackett, Tuscola, Ill.; White Cattle Co., Buffalo, Wyo.; Glascock Cattle, Streator, Ill.; MCS Polled Herefords, Elgin, Okla.; Starr Polled Herefords, Manawa, Wis.; Lowderman Cattle Co., Macomb, Ill.; Mill Creek Ranch, Alma, Kan.; Deana Jak Farms, New Enterprise, Pa.; Rod Shorthorn Farm, Arlington, Ill.; McAfee Herefords, Brighton, Ill.; and Merle Jackson, Holyoke, Colo.
Michigan State University, E. Lansing, Mich., consigned the third-high seller, Lot 23. Eight buyers spent $30,000 for half-interest and full possession of promising young bull MSU Xerox 20X by CRR About Time 743. Lot 23 buyers are: Genex Cooperative Inc., Shawano, Wis.; Doss Hereford Farms, Smithville, Mo.; Boyd Beef Cattle, Mays Lick, Ky. NJB Limited, Harvest Ala.; Donato Ramos, Laredo, Texas; Phil Trowbridge, Ghent, N.Y.; McDonald Farm, Grand Rapids, Mich.; David and Kathleen Hawkins, Mason, Mich.; and Michigan State University.
For more information, contact Joe Rickabaugh, American Hereford Association director of field management and seedstock marketing, at 816-842-3757 or firstname.lastname@example.org.