The 11th annual Red Deer Simmental Bull Sale wrapped up Monday, and overall we are quite pleased with how our first ever sale turned out. Despite some prior-to-event setbacks, which resulted in both Emmett and Eli withdrawing from the sale, Ensign carried the APLX prefix very well.
A foot of wet March snow created very poor weather, but a capacity crowd was still on hand to see 80 bulls sell. Sale stalwarts Oh Kay Farms led off the sale with the first 2 lots; with Ensign selected to be 6th in the ring. When the gavel fell, Ensign sold for $8,000 to Langer Fleckvieh of Edson, AB. We are quite pleased with the result, and as an added bonus, Ensign was the high selling Fleckvieh bull of the day. Ensign has a great new home, where we are confident he will work well with the Langer herd for many years to come. We look forward to Ensign’s genetics showing up in the Langer’s sale string in future Fleckvieh Equation Sales, held each December in Red Deer.
Other sale highlights include fellow first time consignors, WJ Simmentals, selling their red bull ‘Label Me Teddy’ for $10,250, and the overall high seller of the day ‘Oh Kay Zanadu’ selling for $15,000. Overall the sale grossed $344,200 on 80 lots for a $4,303 average. We were also quite impressed with the results of the Beechinor Bros. Simmentals program; their 28 lots represented over a third of the bulls sold, which showcased the strength of both their Fleckvieh and purebred cow herds.
Optimism has returned to the cattle business, and we were pleased to be a part of this great event. Transcon put on a heck of a sale, and we look forward to taking part in the 2012 edition next year.