Brangus bull sale deemed a success
Twenty-six head of fall-born yearling Brangus bulls found homes with cattle producers from across the Southeast when the Spitzers conducted their 21st annual sale on Feb. 22. The overall average was $3,435 with no distortions on the top end as bulls ranged from $2,200 to $5,750 with 19 bulls fetching over the $3,000 tally.
As generally happens at Spitzer Ranch sales, the majority of the bulls found a job in the breeding pastures of commercial cattlemen with mostly repeat buyers representing the states of Alabama, Georgia, Florida, North Carolina and South Carolina.
Spitzer Ranch has carved a notch with “Curve Bender Bulls” and all bulls selling in the 2014 sale had a Curve Bender Index, which ranked them in the top 50 percent for CBI score. Additionally, well over half of these bulls qualified as Calving Ease Bulls (suitable to use to breed to yearling heifers) with BW EPDs less than Brangus Non-Parent breed average and a birth weight of less than 79 pounds. People can check out www.srbulls.com to learn more about their Curve Bender Index.
These bulls were bred from the start to have the right genetics as 80 percent had BW EPDs less than breed average while 89 percent had YW EPDs higher than breed average with all of the bulls having milk and total maternal EPDs better than breed average. And, the Spitzers know how to develop bulls into athletic breeding machines as bulls carried a lean 0.19 inch of outside fat when ultrasound scanned as yearlings. Scans were excellent as bulls averaged a 12.1 square inch REA and a super 3.27 percent IMF.
The top selling bull, an MC Abrams 468T22 sired calf out of a TCB Catawba Warrior R532 dam named SR Apache Warrior Z266 was purchased by repeat buyer Ralph Pelaez, Pelaez and Sons, Okeechobee, Fla., for $5,750. The “breed leading calving ease bull” also posted EPDs ranking him in the top 25 percent or better for eight traits with the looks to match. Pat Pfeil of McCarlton Partners, Arcadia, Fla., and Warthen, Georgia, always finds the good ones and took home the second high dollar bull at $4,500. SR Mohican Warrior Z268 was phenotypically the best of the lot while also being a calving ease bull with EPDs ranking in the top 25 percent or better for five traits. SR Mohican Warrior Z268 was sired by the popular Spitzer Ranch senior herd sire, TCB Catawba Warrior R532 and out of a cow representing their trait leader for BW and CED EPDs, SR Cadence Warrior S702. Third high selling bull was SR Apache Warrior Z275 (MC Abrams 468T22 X Aces TF Wrangler 145/8) going to new customer Matt Hibberts, Calhoun, Ga., for $4,300. Long-time customer Jared Figley, D Cross Ranch, Okeechobee, Fla., snagged another high seller with SR Wrangler Warrior Z203 (Aces TF Wrangler 145/8 X TCB Catawba Warrior R532) at $4,100.
Ten years ago the Spitzers began a program to express appreciation to their customers, especially those who have been repeat customers over many years.
Following the bull sale, 14 Brangus and Brangus crossbred females from the herds of Spitzer Ranch customers averaged $1,657. The majority of these females were not due to calve until September 2014, but two pens were due immediately and had a calf or two at side.