The 2015 Yon Family Farms Fall Bull and Female sale was held in Ridge Spring, S.C. on October 31 on a beautiful fall day. Cattle producers from all over the Southeast attended the weekend events, which began with a BBQ dinner on Friday night sponsored by Zoetis and Geneseek. After dinner, Dr. Dan Moser, President of Angus Genetics, Inc., gave a very informative presentation on Bull Selection, followed by an excellent question and answer session.
Sale day began with a sunny start and bluegrass music in the background as prospective buyers went through the cattle. A highlight of the event was the sale of three sale features, which were creamed out of the Yon’s two-year-old pairs and offered as donor prospects. Lot 1, a full sister to the ABS Sire, Yon Future Force Z77, was the high seller of the day and went to Pine View Farms in Garber, Iowa, for $26,000. Lots 2 and 3 both were selected by Mountain View Ranch in Morristown, Tenn., for $20,000 and $19,000 respectively. Lot 2 was a full sister to the ABS bull, Yon Profit Driven B228 and Lot 3 was from the proven and profitable Sarah cow family.
Twenty-two Angus Fall Pairs were the next females offered and demanded a strong $6136 average price. Lot 5 was the high selling pair and was selected by Mark Montgomery from Elizabeth, Ark., for $10,500. Olson Cattle Research, Barnwell, S.C., chose Lot 4 at $10,000 as the second high pair. Thirty–two bred Angus cows sold for an average of $3,652 with Lindsey Grimes, Hillsboro, Ohio, paying top dollar for Lot 52, a beautiful daughter of Yon Future Focus T219. Oak Hill Farm, Six Mile, S.C., selected Lot 53, a Pathfinder and donor dam at $5,000 as the second high selling bred cow. Angus bred heifers were also popular and twenty-one heifers averaged $3,512. SSS Farms in Crouse, N.C., choose the top bred heifer, Lot 100 at $5,000. Eleven weaned, open heifers, sold at the side of their dams for an average of $2,936, with the top open heifer, Lot 40A, a daughter of PA Power Tool, going to William Sexton in Wooster, Ohio, for $4,000.
SimAngus females were also offered with 8 fall pairs averaging $4,688. The top female was a blaze-faced standout, Lot 29, selected by Strickland Farms, Glennville, Ga., for $7,250. Bred SimAngus cows averaged $3,014 and three bred SimAngus heifers averaged $5,083, with Shady Lane Cattle Co, Vienna, Ga., choosing Lot 78 as the top for $6,500.
Next it was bull sale time and as always the seats were full as the buyers slugged it out for their top choices. The high selling Angus two-year old was Lot 110 at $15,000 to Carolina Cattle Co., in Penrose, N.C. Lovett Farms in Cuthbert, Ga., chose the second high, Lot 105, at $11,500. Third high at $9,000 was Lot 117 and he sold to 4S Farms in Geraldine, Ala. The 70 Angus coming two-year-old bulls averaged $5,821, while 10 SimAngus averaged a solid $6,875. Ten coming two-year-old Ultrablacks sold for an average of $3,750.
There were plenty of Long Yearling Angus bulls to choose from and the favorite of the day, Lot 180, went to Apple Tuck Farms, Bradley, S.C. for $10,500. Close behind was Lot 172, to Poling Angus Farm in Phillipi, West Va., at $10,000. Deering Ridge Farms, Kenna, West Va., chose Lot 176 at $9,000 to round out the top three. A total of 107 long yearling Angus bulls averaged $4,764. The thirteen long yearling SimAngus bulls sold for an average of $3,992.
Cattle sold into twelve states, including Mississippi, Texas, Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, West Virginia, Arkansas, Ohio, and Kentucky. DV Auction was on hand to broadcast the sale live on the internet for bidders unable to attend the sale. Wes Weeks manned the phone lines, and Mike Jones and Darren Carter split up the auctioneering duties. The normal crew of neighbors, family, former interns, current and former employees kept everything running smoothly during sale weekend. You are all invited to the 26th Annual Performance Tested Bull and Female Sale scheduled for February 20, 2016.