We are awaiting arrival of the lot tags so that we can send the sale cattle through the chute one more time to tag, weigh, measure and evaluate. Hannah is still working on video editing but once all of that is done, hopefully by the end of January, we will be able to put the sale information on the website and at DVAuction.
My prediction is that most of the bulls and heifers won’t look as good on sale day as they do in the videos. But I could be wrong…I think they still look good…especially if you consider the fact that they have had nothing but corn stalks, water, salt and mineral for the past couple of months. If anything drastically goes down hill before the sale we won’t sell it…it has failed the standard of our crucible. Know any other seedstock producers who are still putting pressure on their sale animals for up to 4 months prior to their sale? They do the opposite, as much feed as they can eat (they are being fed not grazed). We are different but not just to be different…we are different with a purpose. Would you rather have a bull that looks amazing on sale day or on October 1st after a full grazing season? To me the choice is clear.
Update in an update: The lot tags are in! While Hannah is still editing videos Ashley is in the process of compiling all of the evaluation data so that once everything is completed we can send the info. To DVAuction and post it on the website. I’m confident this will be the earliest we have had the information ready for the public on all of the sale animals.
I have confidence in our seedstock. However, I also can empathize with a potential customer that looks at our cattle and thinks, “Man, these don’t look like the fed cattle I see at other sales.” To that end I am willing to make this guarantee: If you buy one of our bulls and he doesn’t look like he is in good condition to breed or if he fails to pass multiple semen tests we will take him back for a full refund. If you live too far away to get him here I am willing to discuss a refund minus disposal value. Our cattle will thrive in grazing environments…all over the country. I want to put your mind at ease that if you buy our bulls to see for yourself you won’t be risking much. You can buy our bulls knowing that if they don’t work out you aren’t left with a worthless, weigh-up bull, we will make things right. Additionally, you can have confidence the bull will work and maintain condition BEFORE the breeding season starts not at preg check time with a bunch of opens. NOTE: As a good cattle husbandry protocol I recommend, no matter where you get your bulls, to use a second bull as insurance some time during the breeding season. We turn out our first clean-up bull a few days after the A.I. project and let him be with the cows for 2 cycles then put in a 2nd clean up bull for the third cycle. Opens for bull reasons on preg. check day give you a sickening feeling, that I’ve had, and never want to experience again.
AT YOUR SERVICE:
We try to help our customers arrange for shipping, either by putting them in contact with other customers going to the same area or with a list of custom shippers. Below are some custom haulers who I have visited with about hauling after the March 12 sale. We have used each of them in one way or another and trust them but we ask you to make your own arrangements. They are willing to split/share loads and make multiple stops. If you are willing to haul to spread costs and help others out please let us know and we will add you to the list.
Eldon Kramer, Gering NE Typical range is anywhere in NE, to central WY and central SD 308-631-5233 He has a cattle pot and could haul up to 50 of our sized cattle.
Tracy Soper, Winterset IA Tracy is willing to haul anywhere in the USA. 515-250-3080 He has a stock trailer and can haul up to 15 of our sized cattle.
For our first sale we made sure that every animal was ready to be shipped anywhere in the United States…and then proceeded to not sell most of the bulls. Also, several of the animals that did sell went to Nebraska anyway and didn’t need papers. In addition, most of the out of state buyers didn’t pick their cattle up for a week so we would have had time to paper those without having them ready before. As you can guess it was VERY expensive to have everything tested and ready to ship on sale day. Because of these factors we decided to not have any papers ready prior to the sale. If you buy animals at our sale and live in a state that needs papers we have a vet scheduled to be at our place on Monday, March 15th to do any necessary testing so that the animals can be papered and ready to ship within a week or so of the sale. We will board the animals free of charge for up to a week after the sale to give our customers time to make arrangements and to get paperwork ready. Please communicate your preference to us regarding pick-up and papers on sale day so we can make the proper arrangements.