Despite snowy, cold weather conditions, a record crowd showed up for the Wisconsin Hereford Association Spring Sale, which was held the first Saturday in March at the Grant County Fairgrounds in Lancaster. Forty lots of bulls, cow/calf pairs, bred heifers, and open heifers grossed $112,050, for a $2,801 sale average.
The top selling bull was J & J 4037 Durango A311, a yearling son of THM Durango 4037, consigned by J & J Polled Herefords, Hartford, and purchased by Brian Egel, Nichols, IA for $4000. The second high selling bull was MGM Isabel's P606 4R, a yearling Revolution son, consigned by MGM East, Steve and Jann Merry, Hartford, and purchased by Mark Kjorlie, Kaukana. 14 bulls averaged $2507.
Cow/calf pairs and bred heifers were in demand at this year's sale. C&L Hereford Ranch consigned the top selling bred heifer, C&L 209N Jennifer 17N 29Z ET, a 2 year old daughter of GH Neon 17N, who sold for $5,100 to Albert Moeller, Grand Island, NE.
Following right behind her was LPH Ms Real Deal, a 4 year old daughter of H Easy Deal 609, and her Revolution heifer calf at side, consigned by Lietzau Hereford Ranch, Sparta, and purchased by Pierce's Hereford Haven, Baraboo, for $4,400. Baker's Polled Herefords consigned the third high selling bred heifer, BPH 4R 056 Mallory 201Z, a Revolution daughter. She was purchased by Jim Quade, Milton. Ten cow/calf pairs and bred heifers sold for a $3,615 average.
Open heifers were also in demand. Topping this part of the sale was Brookview 31Y Athena 54A, a yearling daughter of Brookview M46 Yeoman 31Y, consigned by Boettcher's Brookview Acres, Fairchild, and sold to Bill Graber, Livingston, for $3,950.
Second high selling heifer was WIB 4R Revol Trixie 301, a Revolution daughter consigned by the Warren Brown Family, Hartland, and purchased by Kimberly Eick, Soldiers Grove for $3700.
Rounding out the top sellers was PRR Electrifying 2303A, a daughter of Lake 002 Kiliwatts 104S, consigned by Plum River Ranch, Monroe, and sold to Bill Isaacsen, Palmyra, for $3500. Sixteen open heifers averaged $2,550.
Cody Lowderman, of Lowderman Auction Services, Macomb, IL, was this year's auctioneer. Volume buyers included Kieler Farms, Platteville, and MarkThompson, Readstown. Cattle sold into Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, and Wisconsin.