Cattlemen’s Classic in Kearney sets new record in sales
The Nebraska Cattlemen’s Classic, held Feb. 20-26, set a new record this year bringing in nearly $1.6 million in sales over the course of the week. A total of 473 lots were sold, and over 1,500 new buyers registered at the event.
The competition kicked off on Tuesday, Feb. 21, with the Working Horse Competition. Thirty-two horses competed in the event, and the Supreme Ranch Horse was Lot 3, San Hollys Smart Gin sired by San Hollys Tangy Gin, consigned by Justin Finley/Walker Horse Training, Gem, Kan., and sold to Steve VanPelt., of Archer, Neb.,
The top High-Selling Ranch Horse was Cody Bar Hancock “Roanie” sired by Doc Quixote Hancock, consigned by Triple T Quarter Circle Ranch of Otis, Kan. The horse was sold to Blake Macy, of Lebanon, Neb., for $7,250. The sale grossed $103,400 and the average for the sale was $3,231.
The Working Dog Show was also held that day, were four dogs competed. The Supreme Working Dog was Tyke, sired by Rooster, consigned by Rudy Starke, Alliance, Neb., and sold to Andy Albrecht of Thurston, Neb., for $1,900.
The high selling dog was 4th place dog, Fats, consigned by Rudy Starke of Alliance, Neb., and sold to William Stone of North Platte, Neb., for $2,100. The sale grossed $6,500, with an average $1,625.
On Wednesday, Feb. 22, the horned Hereford’s, polled Hereford’s and Red Angus competed. The Grand Champion Horned Hereford Bull and high-seller was WCC/CC 1009 Great Divide 102, consigned by White Cattle Company of Buffalo, Wyo. This bull was sold to Buddy Leachman, Big Gully Farm of Maidstone, Saskatchewan, Canada, for $15,000. He was also the Supreme Bull.
The Grand Champion Horned Hereford Heifer and high-selling female was JC Miss Advance 029, consigned by White Cattle Co. of Buffalo, Wyo. This heifer sold to Tom and Rhonda Kupke of Kearney, Neb. for $12,000.
The horned Hereford sale featured 13 bulls, averaging $4,577. There were also 11 heifers that sold, averaging $3,650. The horned Herefords brought in $99,650 total.
The Champion Polled Hereford Bull and high-seller was VCR 4037 Duramax 26 ET – ET, consigned by Valley Creek Ranch of Fairbury, Neb. This bull was sold to Beran Farms of Odell, Neb., for $5,500.
The Champion Polled Hereford Heifer and high seller was KJ BJ 544T Mistress 467Y ET – ET consigned by Jensen Bros. of Courtland, Kan. She sold to Saige Ward of Laramie, Wyo., for $6,500.
The sale featured 26 bulls averaging $3,687, and 13 heifers averaging $3,050. The sale grossed $135,500 and averaged $3,474.
The Champion Red Angus Bull and high-seller was J6RA Red Capacity 1620 consigned by J-6 Farms of Gibbon, Neb. This bull sold to Mike Anderson of Gothenburg, Neb., for $6,750.
Champion Red Angus Heifer and high-seller was AHL Eleanor 126Y consigned by LeDoux Ranch of Agenda, Kan. This heifer sold to Douglas Heavican of Rogers, Neb., for $6,200.
The sale featured 12 bulls averaging $4,008, six heifers averaging $4,033, and the overall total was $72,300.
On Feb. 23, the Angus, Simmental and Charolais breeders competed. The Champion Angus Bull was Lot 37, SB Darkside 127, consigned by Sisco Brothers Cattle Company of Syracuse, Neb. This bull was sold to Damion Dix of Stockton, Neb. for $8,000.
The Champion Angus Heifer and high-seller was JJT Barbara 101, consigned by Tracy Cattle of Wellfleet, Neb. She sold to Breinig Ranch/Gary Gottsch of Arapahoe, Neb., for $7,000.
The Angus sale featured 36 bulls averaging $4,354 and 14 heifers averaging $3,461. The sale grossed $205,200.
The Champion Simmental Bull and high-seller was Lambert Harley 106Y, consigned by Lambert Family of Chadron, Neb. The bull was sold to WY Cattle Service, Inc. of Yoder, Wyo., for $10,500.
The Champion Simmental Heifer, record-setter and high-seller was ZKCC Cow 550X, consigned by Kraenow Cattle Co. of Hemingford, Neb. She sold to Felt/Willers/Forster Partnership of Wakefield/Stanton/Smithfield, Neb., for $21,000. This heifer was also the Supreme Heifer.
The sale featured 28 bulls averaging $4,239 and 16 heifers averaging $4,659. The sale brought in $193,250.
The Champion Charolais Bull was HCF Uncle Jesse, consigned by Hassebrook Charolais Farm of Genoa, Neb. He was sold to Dave Hebbert, Hebbert Charolais of Hyannis, Neb. for $6,000.
Champion Charolais Heifer was Kanza J6 Mercedes Sequel Y9 – ET, consigned by Kanza Cattle of Chapman, Kan. She sold to Rob Fischer of Rensselaer, Ind., for $5,500.
The 2012 sale featured 23 bulls averaging $3,946 and six heifers averaging $5,225. The sale grossed $122,100.
On Feb. 24, the Limousin, Balancer/Gelbvieh and Shorthorn breeders competed. The Champion Limousin Bull and high seller was BRAW Upper Echelon 169, consigned by Bullis Creek Ranch of Wood Lake, Neb. He sold to Max Schultz of Oxford, Neb., for $6,200.
Champion Limousin Heifer and high seller was BRAW Ms Spaceship 121, consigned by Bullis Creek Ranch of Wood Lake, Neb. This heifer sold to Halle, Emma and Katie Ramsey of Fullerton, Neb., for $3,950.
The sale has seven bulls that averaged $4,557 and one heifer that sold for $3,950. The sale grossed $35,850.
The Grand Champion Balancer/Gelbvieh Bull and high seller was Insidious 612Y, consigned by J.J. Boehler of Orleans, Neb. He was sold to Cedar Top Ranch of Stapleton, Neb., for $5,500.
Grand Champion Balancer/Gelbvieh Heifer was BARG Rose 113Y, consigned by Barwick Gelbvieh of Orleans, Neb. She was sold to Elizabeth Krajewski of Venango, Neb., for $5,000.
The sale featured 12 bulls that averaged $3,425, and 10 heifers that averaged $2,365. The sale brought in a total of $64,750.
The Grand Champion Shorthorn Bull and co-high-seller was HILLS Primo’s Pride 107 ET, consigned by Indian Hills Land & Cattle of Garland, Neb. He was sold to Schroeder Family Shorthorns of Columbus, Neb., for $4,000.
The Champion Shorthorn Heifer was WR Amp Suzy 159, consigned by Warner Ranch Shorthorns, LLC, of Riverton, Wyo. This heifer sold to Jay Cech, of Clarkson, Neb., for $3,500.
The sale featured nine bulls that averaged $2,600, and 11 heifers averaged $2,514. The sale grossed $51,050.
The final show day, Feb. 25, featured Maine Anjou/Maintainer and Chianina breeders. Champion Maine Anjou/MaineTainer Bull was ATV Ali’s Champ, consigned by ATV Show Team of Amherst, Colo. He was sold to Todd Ibach/Greg Ibach/Floyd Waller of Sumner, Neb., for $12,500 and was the high seller.
The Grand Champion Maine Anjou Heifer and high-seller was SBCC Little Sweetie, consigned by Rick Schultz Show Cattle of Cairo, Neb. She was sold to Jason Schneider of Cozad, Neb., for $4,400.
The sale featured 21 bulls that averaged $4,002, and five heifers that averaged $2,660. The sale grossed $97,350.
The Grand Champion Chianina Bull and high-seller was Power Stroke, consigned by Greg Christo of Albion, Neb. He was sold to Kurt Kleinschmidt of Sutton, Neb., for $24,000.
The Grand Champion Chianina Heifer was FR Super Lady 0350, consigned by Fred Ranch of Rose, Neb. This heifer was sold to Tyson Vogt of Elmwood, Neb., for $3,500.
The Chianina sale featured six bulls that averaged $7,567, and seven heifers that averaged $4,743. The sale brought in $78,600.
In addition to the shows and sales, the Classic also featured a junior market show on Feb. 26. “My favorite event is the youth events. The rewards for providing them lots of opportunities is priceless,” said Ronnette Heinrich, show coordinator.
The champion market animal was shown by Beau Bremer of St. Edward, Neb., with his 932 pound crossbred steer. The reserve champion was shown by Samantha Schneider of Cozad, Neb., with her 902 pound crossbred steer.
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