7TH Annual Ichthys Cattle Enterprise Sale is in the books: I don’t believe in luck; I do believe in divine providence. #7 was a very good sale for us. We sold the highest percentage of bulls we’ve ever sold, we had only 4 no-sale bulls, and we sold bulls and heifers for the highest average price ever. The bulls averaged $3,171, and the heifers $2,436. Now, I realize those numbers pale in comparison to most sales, maybe every other sale, but I’m okay with that. We feel truly blessed. We always pray that our customers feel the same way about the stock they buy from us. We truly desire that our cattle are a blessing to your operations.
Vet Papers: Our vet was here Monday and did all the testing necessary to complete heath papers. He thinks the trich results will be done Friday so, Lord willing, everything will be ready to pick up by Saturday. Heifer papers should be ready Wednesday if you only have heifers to load. Please make arrangements to pick up your stock by Saturday or as early in the next week as possible.
Long-time customer quote: “I met Lanny years ago in Colorado when I purchased two of his bulls to fix my cow problems. I’ve been a customer ever since. The ICE genetics are exactly what every herd needs to bring back profitability and enjoyment to raising cattle. On top of incredible cattle, you get a top notch family behind it. Do your ranch a favor and try it, you won’t regret it.” Matt Shurts, Beloit KS.
We have a few current customers who purchased ICE bulls through Pharo Cattle Company when we were with them. People and our relationships with them are the true blessing of being in this business. We were blessed to see several PCC Cooperative Producers, long-time friends from our days with PCC, either the week before the sale or the day of. As with every customer, we hope and pray the bulls and heifers they purchased do exceptionally well for them in their programs.
Sale Improvements: The sale not only went as well (in terms of results) as ever…it “went” as well as ever. I made a few mistakes, but I thought our auctioneer, Chad Haygood, did an excellent job of keeping current on the bid amount and was aware of bidders, in person and online. One thing that is a challenge for me to ask, but it really helps us out, is for the bidder to raise their number and keep it raised when they are interested in a lot. We don’t mind people going in, and out but if you want to be considered “in” please keep the card raised high so we can see it.
I need to put someone specifically in charge of hauling. I messed up in at least 2 situations. I think they are going to work out in the end, but I need people interested in getting livestock hauled to contact someone who is in charge of that. Thank you for your patience in that regard. PLEASE, if you notice something we could do better, let us know. We don’t always implement suggestions, but we do think welcoming and seriously considering suggestions is a good thing.
ICE customer dispersion: John Hirschler 402-239-0391 from Jansen, NE came to the sale Saturday and let me know he is selling all his cows. John bought a few cows from us many years ago when we were with PCC. All his animals are offspring of ICE cows or bulls. He has 13 red and black Angus cows and/or bred heifers that are 6 years or younger, due April – June, bred to ICE Dawson 5467D, a registered red angus bull. He also has 3 cows aged 7-8 due in April/May and 2 older cows with bull calves at their side. He is also selling ICE Dawson.
We plan on doing this again next year. Thank you to our customers and everyone who makes this all possible.
Bringing the herd home to wean.