Bree and Weston Brandt

The wife/husband team of Bree and Weston Brandt, of Corning, Iowa, show Angus heifers at the Iowa Beef Expo Feb. 13. 

DES MOINES — Zach Wangen admits to being surprised as the price went up on the Red Angus heifer he brought to the Iowa Beef Expo this year.

“This was our second year consigning there, and we knew we had a good heifer,” he says. “But bringing $18,000 really caught us by surprise.”

Wangen and his family, who farm near Ellendale, Minn., sold the top-selling Red Angus female at this year’s expo. The heifer also brought the top money for all breed sales, including bull sales.

He says the heifer had drawn quite a bit of attention prior to the expo.

“They liked her uniqueness in the Red Angus breed and what she had to offer,” Wangen says. “She’ll make a good heifer to show this year, and eventually she’ll become a brood cow that will produce bulls and maybe some females as good as she is. We think she’ll be a good one.”

The heifer was purchased by Barnes Family Cattle from Lamoni, Iowa.

Consigning the top-selling Simmental bull has become fairly common for Rob Long and his family. Long, who farms near Creston, says it never gets old.

“I think this might be our third time in the last five years or so that we have done this,” he says. “It’s always a tremendous honor.”

Long says the bull, sold for $8,250 to Scott Decker of Seymour, Ind., had drawn interest ahead of the show.

“We advertised him quite a bit, and the fact that he is homozygous polled and black was very important to those who were interested in him,” he says. “His performance was very good, so he was really the total package.”


Below are complete sale results from this year’s expo.

Angus

The top-selling bull, consigned by O’Neill Angus of Logan, sold for $11,000 to Maifeld, Inc., of Kelsey. The top-selling female, consigned by O’Neill Angus of Logan, sold for $10,000 to Joe Harmon of West Des Moines.

A total of 42 bulls sold for an average price of $3,646. Thirty-one females sold for an average price of $2,965. Five embryo lots sold for an average $1,300.

Charolais

The top-selling bulls, consigned by Long Hall Cattle of Hillsboro, Ohio, and Carl Smit of Holstein, sold for $5,000 to Vaughan Family Ranch of Derby, Kan. and Paul Viers of Maxwell, respectively. The top-selling female, consigned by J & S Ranch of Koshkonong, Mo., sold for $4,800 to Dybdahl Charolais of Newcastle, Neb.

A total of 32 bulls sold for an average price of $2,554. Twenty-five females sold for an average price of $2,905.

Gelbvieh

The top-selling bull, from Beenken Farms of Buckingham, sold for $4,000 to Holub Land and Cattle of Buckingham. The top-selling female, consigned by JGP Gelbvieh of Lathrop, Mo., sold for $7,000 to Green Hills Gelbvieh of Mt. Ulla, N.C.

A total of six bulls sold for an average price of $3,008. Eighteen females sold for an average $2,531. Two embryo lots sold for an average price of $1,650. One flush lot sold for $1,300. One semen lot sold for $300.

Hereford

The top-selling bull, consigned by Perks Ranch of Rockford, Ill., sold for $6,250 to Luke Goldstein of Effingham, Ill. The top-selling female, consigned by Anderlik 3D Herefords of Dayton, sold for $6,000 to Zachary Claasan of West Bend.

A total of 30 bulls sold for an average price of $3,368. Thirty-one females sold for an average $3,102.

Limousin

The top-selling bull, consigned by Crazy Women Creek of Rushford, Minn., sold for $4,800 to Gordy Ludens of Viborg, S.D. The top-selling female, consigned by Deb Vorthmann of Silver City, sold for $4,300 to Breck Coffland of Blairstown.

A total of 16 bulls sold for an average price of $2,897.

A total of seven females sold for an average price of $2,400.

One embryo lot sold for $1,250.

Maine-Anjou

The top-selling bull, consigned by Opperman Family of Manning, sold for $3,500 to Steven Meier Farms of Manning. The top-selling female, consigned by Renee Grimm of Audubon, sold for $3,500 to Kinley Richardson of Lake City.

A total of 13 bulls sold for an average price of $2,004.

A total of 10 females sold for an average price of $1,915.

Pen of 3 Sale

The top-selling heifer, consigned by Deppe Angus of Waverly, sold for $4,200 to Steinkamp Farms of Wall Lake.

A total of 41 females sold for an average price of $1,555.

Red Angus

The top-selling bull, consigned by Tim Johnson Cattle of Bellevue, sold for $5,700 to Gary Olsen of Brayton. The top-selling female, consigned by Wangen Cattle Co. of Ellendale, Minn., sold for $18,000 to Barnes Family Cattle of Lamoni.

A total of 21 bulls sold for an average $3,034. Twenty-two females sold for an average $3,303.

One embryo lot sold for $2,310.

Salers

The top-selling bull, consigned by Iris Peterson/Edwards Farms of Wayland, sold for $2,500 to Loren Leidity of Wayland. The top-selling female, consigned by White Oak Salers of Fremont, sold for $3,200 to Kaileen Dohrman of Marshall, Mo.

A total of 13 bulls sold for an average price of $2,385. A total of six females sold for an average price of $2,383. Three semen lots sold for an average $1,060.

Shorthorn

The top-selling bull, from Vaughn Farms of Maxwell, sold for $4,500 to High Ridge, Matt Davis and Emily Check of Quebec, Canada. The top-selling female, consigned by Gilman Shorthorns of Stuart, sold for $5,000 to Will Reever of Glidden.

A total of 10 bulls sold for an average price of $2,650. A total of 30 females sold for an average price of $2,162.

Two embryo lots sold for an average price of $975. Six semen lots sold for a price of $1,104.

Simmental

The top-selling bull, consigned by Long’s Simmental of Creston, sold for $8,250 to Scott Decker of Seymour, Ind. The top-selling female, consigned by Ruby Cattle Co. of Murray, sold for $6,500 to Eugene Moody Farms of Maxwell.

A total of 58 bulls sold for an average price of $3,356. A total of 34 females sold for an average price of $2,844.

Four embryo lots sold for an average price of $1,163.

Jeff DeYoung is livestock editor for Iowa Farmer Today, Missouri Farmer Today and Illinois Farmer Today.