DENVER — Angus enthusiasts consigned 45 bulls to the 2017 National Western Angus Bull Sale, Jan. 11 in Denver, Colo. The annual sale, which is the only sale managed by the American Angus Association, grossed $306,250 and averaged $6,805. A panel of three judges including Kyle Gillooly, Wadley, Ga.; Jim Vietheer, Wilton, Calif.; and Andy Musgrave, Pittsfield, Ill., evaluated the bulls and selected division and overall champions.
Jake Barnes, Broken Arrow, Okla., consigned the grand champion bull, DBR Take Notice, that first won senior champion. The March 2014 son of Dameron First Impression was purchased by Quirk Land & Cattle Co., Hastings, Neb., for $19,000.
Calvin Levisay, Creston, Calif., consigned the reserve grand champion bull. LVS BC 1603 is a February 2016 son of EXAR Blue Chip 1877B and first won late winter calf champion–division 2. Ray Kopecky, O’Neill, Neb., purchased the bull for $5,500.
Other high-selling bulls included Marda Blacksmith 683 consigned by Marda Angus Farm, Lodi, Wis. The January 2016 son of Connealy Black Granite was purchased by Split Diamond Ranch, White Hall, Mont.; Malek Angus Ranch, Highwood, Mont.; and Southard Land & Cattle LLC, Colorado Springs, Colo. for $24,000.
Welytok Campaign 5C23 was consigned by Mark Welytok, Chittenango, N.Y. Southard Land & Cattle LLC, Colorado Springs, Colo., bought the March 2015 son of WR Journey-1X74 for $16,000.
Chris & Sharon Sankey, Council Grove, Kan., consigned Sankeys Calibration 607. Belle Point Ranch, Fort Smith, Ark., purchased the February 2016 son of SAC Conversation for $15,000.
A complete list of sale results is posted online at www.angus.org.
— The American Angus Association
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