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|Tuesday, 20 December 2011 15:39|
Buyers from Australia to Mexico, from the east to west coasts and 13 states in between flocked to the annual GENETRUST at Chimney Rock Cattle Company sale Nov. 5-6 in Concord, Arkansas. Attendees were welcomed with the usual warm hospitality, great food and stellar cattle that have made Bill and Gail Davis' annual sale the highlight of the year for many Brangus breeders.
Friday evening's registered female sale was led off with the sale of the dominate Brangus herd sire, LTD of Brinks 415T28. In 2010, LTD was the most used AI sire in the Brangus breed, recording more registered offspring than any other sire. Genesis Ranch, Mike and Gloria Weathers, returned to again purchase another stellar herd sire for their herd along with Alydar and the immortal 607L11. One-half interest and full possession sold for $26,000.
Three lots topped out the female offering each bringing $13,000. TDR MS Tank 129T8, a proven donor female from the Cavender Brangus program featured explosive growth and solid carcass numbers. Robert Yates Ranch with managing partner, Pete Peterson from Hamptonville, N.C., purchased this lot.
Clint Basey from Florence, Texas added Ms Brinks Leader 468R18 from Schmidt Farms to his herd. 468R18 is also a proven donor cow who produced SF Commitment that sold in the GENETRUST at Cavender's Sale in 2009 for $13,000 as well.
WAT Ms Csonka 541W7 was purchased by David Wood of Double W Ranch. This exciting young Csonka daughter bred by Johnston Farms was a favorite of registered breeders. Out of the famous 541P103 donor this bred heifer excels in growth and carcass numbers.
141 total lots sold on Friday evening to gross $484,300 and average an impressive $3,423.
On Saturday registered and commercial breeders alike packed the Cow Palace facility for the bull and commercial female sale. Suhn Cattle Company, Vorel Brangus and Cold Creek Ranch teamed up to buy CRC Landau 263X2 for $22,000. Sired by the great LTD and out of a leading donor and Summit Cow from the Chimney Rock herd, 263L; Landau's EPD numbers are packed with growth and maternal power.
The second high selling bull was WAT Estancia 263X4. Estancia was bred by Johnston Farms and purchased for $19,500 by Quail Creek Brangus, Steele, Alabama. This Blanda son possesses an out-cross pedigree coupled with powerful individual carcass data and explosive birth to yearling weight spread.
Saturday's bull sale saw 145 total bulls sell through the ring for a gross of $519,250 to average $3,581. 83 coming two-year old bulls averaged $4,092 and 62 yearling bulls averaged $2,898.
An exceptional set of commercial females carrying GENETRUST genetics sold following the bulls on Saturday. Ten commercials pair averaged $1,900. 188 bred heifers sold and averaged $1,285 and 12 open heifers averaged $700.
PHOTOS courtesy of GENETRUST at Chimney Rock
TOP: Buyers at GENETRUST at Chimney Rock sale preview the sale bulls in the pens prior to the sale.
BOTTOM: A packed house on Friday night for the female sale at Chimney Rock.