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NWSS Salers and Optimizer Show held

Celebrating their 38th year, the American Salers Association had a weekend full of events at the 2012 National Western Stock Show Jan. 20 to 22.

This year's show event opened with the "Defining Roles" Seminar, held at the Headquarters Hotel on Jan. 20. A packed room of Salers breeders heard interesting and encouraging presentations by Larry A. Kuehn, research geneticist of the U.S. Meat Animal Research Center, who discussed Salers Breed Characteristics and genetic markers. Dan W. Moser, Kansas State University associate professor, followed by discussing Heterosis as a factor in Planned Cross Breeding. Will MacDonald, Bismarck, N.D., concluded the presentations by discussing the Marketing of Salers and Salers Optimizer Genetics to Commercial Producers.

The National Salers & Optimizer Pen Bull Show was held Jan. 20. The three-judge panel consisted of Jim Latowski, Colby, Kan., John McBee, Sturgeon, Mo., and Shane Bedwell, Fort Collins, Colo. They evaluated some top quality purebred and Optimizer cattle in the Livestock Center Auction Arena. The grand champion pen of Salers bulls went to Elm Creek Ranch, Hebron, N.D., with an entry consisting of three February 2012 bulls; OPP 239Z of 70U, OPP Zorro 200Z of 75U and OPP Zulu 204Z of 28U, all AVS Out West 210X sons. The pen had an average weight of 1,200 pounds, and an average WDA of 3.43 pounds. Average EPDs were +0.3 for BW, +44 for WW, +83 for YW and a milk EPD of +26. Other averages: SC 40.8 cm, REA 14.99 in., %IMF 2.91, Fat 0.23

GG&T Cattle Company, Quinter, Kan. had the reserve champion Salers pen with an entry consisting of January 2012 bulls; GGT P Bk Elite 6Z and GGT P Bk Eastwood 94Z, both sons of AP Polled Genesis XZ64F, and GGT P Bk Impact 115Z, a son of GGT P Bk Heavy Hitter. The pen had an average weight of 1,242 pounds, and an average WDA of 3.27 pounds. Average EPDs were +0.9 for BW, +54 for WW, +95 for YW and a milk EPD of +25. Other averages: SC 40 cm, REA 16.59 in., %IMF 3.34, Fat 0.33.

GG&T Cattle Co., also took home the prize for both grand and reserve champion pens of Optimizer bulls. The champion pen consisted of three bulls born in January 2012, GGT Fusion 57Z, a son of GGT Focus 20U, GGT Power Surge 101Z, a son of Bon View New Design 878, and GGT Motive 250Z, sired by SOO Line Motive 9016. Average EPDs were +-0.8 for BW, +55 for WW, +102 for YW and a milk EPD of +26. Average weight was 1,340 pounds, average WDA 3.57 and other averages: SC 43.2 cm., REA 16.03 in., %IMF 3.87, Fat 0.35.

Following the Pen Bull Show the 38th Annual American Salers Association Banquet and Annual Meeting was held with 120 members in attendance. Warm tributes were paid to John Shover, a longtime association Salers breeder and board member who passed away in December. The John C. Shover Scholarship Fund was established in his memory.

The Salers Ladies Auxiliary, the Salers Belles held a meeting and buffet breakfast on Jan. 21, headed up by President Jessica Street, Cave City, Ark.

The 38th National Salers Sale in the Beef Palace Arena on Jan. 21 was preceded by a display of Sale Cattle in the NWSS Expo Hall. During the lively bidding 22 lots sold for an average of $5,277. Nine bulls sold for an average of $7,033, 13 females averaged $3,546 with one flush selling for $3,000.

The top selling bull was THAT'S Zepplin 134Z, a 1/16/12 son of JCGC Wide Load 1948W, consigned by THAT Farm, Camp, Ark., which sold for $15,000 to Fox Grape Farm, Piney River, Va. Close behind was OPP 239Z of 70U, a Feb. 5, 2012, red, polled, 87.5 percent Salers bull, sired by AVS Out West 201X, consigned by Elm Creek Ranch, Hebron, N.D., which sold for $13,000 to Rowell Cattle Co., Ninnekah, Okla. Top selling heifer was GGT P Bk Irish Mist 413Z, a 2/13/2012 daughter of WF Power Stroke 28X. Irish Mist was consigned by GG&T Cattle Co., selling for $5,800 to Show Me Salers, Clark, Mo.

The Salers Junior Futurity Show was held Jan. 22, followed by the National Salers & Optimizer Show. Shane Bedwell, Fort Collins, Colo., judged the high-quality female line up in the Junior Show where Jenna K. Stewart, Guthrie, Okla., had the grand champion junior futurity heifer, ZBR Mo'Resolve, an April 2011 daughter of TSB Mojo 35U. Gabriel Rodriguez, Brookfield, Mo., took reserve champion junior futurity heifer with Lois Zamora, a February 12, 2012 heifer sired by DJF Springfield 450S.

Jim Williams, Boling, Tex., judged the National Open Salers and National Optimizer shows following the Junior Show. The Open Show began with the Optimizer division for the heifers. Williams selected GGT Fergie, as grand champion Optimizer female for GG&T Cattle Company, Quinter, Kan. Fergie is a Jan. 5, 2011, born daughter of Connealy Final Product. 3D Miss Hummingbird, a March 9, 2012, daughter of S A V Thunderbird, owned by Breanna Duncan, Marlow, Okla., was selected as the reserve champion Optimizer female.

In the Optimizer Bull Show Gary and Elizabeth Salyers, Billings, Mo., won grand champion Optimizer bull with SSS Advertiser 368PY, a February 5, 2011, son GGT P Bk Recruiter 7T. Reserve grand champion Optimizer bull went to Street Cattle Company, Cave City, Ark., with SCC Y Not 170Y, a Jan. 5, 2011, born son of MAC Wyndham 54W.

In the Salers female show GGT P Bk Selena 18y, earlier named Senior Champion heifer, a Jan. 2, 2011, born daughter of GGT P Bk Predator 223N, was named grand champion female for owners GG&T Cattle Company, Quinter, Kan., and Lucky D Cattle Co., Montague, Texas. Reserve grand champion heifer also went to GG&T Cattle Co., for GGT P Bk Idol 192 Z, born Jan. 16, 2012, a daughter of GGT P Bk Enclave 279X. Idol was earlier named junior heifer calf champion.

In the bull competition, Williams awarded grand champion Salers bull honors to earlier named junior bull calf champion GGT P Bk Rock On 259Z, owned by GG&T Cattle; a Jan. 22, 2012, born son of GGT P Blk Heavy Hitter. The reserve grand champion bull title was awarded to April 5, 2012, born JVD Zephyr, sired by MAC Topeka, earlier named spring bull calf champion. Zephyr is owned by Victoria Dickerson, Blue Ridge, Texas, and Lois Phillips, Phillips Farm, New Boston, Mo.

Female division winners were:

--Spring heifer calf: Bodine's Miss Z91, Rob Bodine, Voltaire, N.D.

--Reserve spring heifer calf: NJF Dotty West 202Z, Dave Feist, Velva, N.D.

--Reserve junior heifer calf: Lois Zamora, Gabriel Rodriguez, Brookfield, Mo.

--Senior heifer calf champion: SCC Yes M'am 312Y, Street Cattle Co., Cave City, Ark.

--Reserve senior heifer calf: SCC Lulu 91Y, Lindsey Huffmaster, Williford, Ark.

--Junior champion heifer: ZBR Tessa 143Y, Echo Livestock, Mitchell, Neb., and Dixon Land & Cattle Co., Pawhuska, Okla.

--Reserve junior heifer: DJF Yvonne 106Y, Silver Spur Salers, Maryville, Mo.

--Reserve senior heifer: LMB Yasmine 110Y. White Oak Salers, Fremont, Iowa.

Bull division winners were:

--Reserve spring bull calf champion: ZBR Massive MoJo 166Z, Dixon Land & Cattle, Co., Pawhuska, Okla.

--Reserve junior bull calf champion: AVS Western Star 714Z, Ken Bates III, Yakima, Wash.

--Senior bull calf champion: RCM P Blk Yuma 173Y, McCoy Livestock, Buhl, Idaho.

--Junior champion bull: KFI Yuma 39Y,Rose Farms, Jonesborough, Tenn.

--Reserve junior champion bull: GGT P Bk Empire 20Y, Lister Ranch, Ava, Mo., and GG&T Land and Cattle Co.

The Junior Get of Sire and Get-of-Sire awards went to Ken Bates, Ahtanum Valley, Yakima, Wash., with the progeny of AVS Out West 210X.

The Premier Breeder and Premier Exhibitor awards went to GG&T Cattle Company, Quinter, Kan.

ASA Herdsman of the Year is Scott Trueblood, /T Cattle Co., Overland Park, Kan.

Complete results of the 201s NWSS Salers Show can be viewed by visiting http://salersusa.org. Go to 'Shows" - 'National Western.'

The American Salers Association, with headquarters in Parker, Colo., is the Salers breed's leadership voice that records, protects and promotes Salers cattle. The ASA has represented Salers breeders across the nation since 1974.

Date: 2/25/2013



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