2012 Sale Report
A bullish market, reduced cow numbers and much of the country beginning significant drought recovery signal a bright future for beef producers. Industry signals also indicate an even stronger demand for proven, high accuracy Angus genetics with the potential to be profitable at every segment in the production system.
The 5th Annual Ogeechee Angus Farm/CAM Ranches Production Sale, held May 5, 2012, consisted of 98 lots of performance oriented genetics and 55 commercially-minded bred heifers. Buyers from 12 states did their homework and made the 5th Annual Production Sale at Ogeechee Farms a tremendous success!
The lead-off donor, GAR Predestined H118, has been a favorite of many visitors and certainly created much excitement on sale day as she offers a rare combination of elite genetic predictions and a phenotype that all breeders covet. In the end, Mr. Doug Bailey of Turkey Creek Angus in Dublin, GA outlasted all bidders for this elite donor and paid $30,000.
Lot 2, Ogeechee Miss Wix 0089, represents the future at Ogeechee Farms with a type that is second to none and a +91 $B. Mr. Doug Bailey solidified his donor arsenal with the half-interest purchase of this breed-leading female for $30,000.
Mr. Robin Wilson of Rocking W Angus, Commerce, GA and the team of Travis Bunch, Surrency, GA and Richie Longanecker of Big Timber Cattle Company, Lithia, FL added to their already impressive programs with the purchase of the high selling pregnancy and fall pair in Lots 10 and 3/3A for $16,000 and $14,000, respectively.
Mr. Gary Taylor purchased Lot 11, a heifer pregnancy sired by GAR Ingenuity and out of the $50,000 Maplecrest Rita F349, for $8,500.
Lindy Sheppard of Sheppard Farms, Sylvania, GA purchased the two high selling registered bred heifers. Lot 20 represented the first GAR Prophet bred heifer to sell at public auction and was certainly a crowd favorite bringing $4,500. Lot 14, GAR Predestined A057, a maternal sister to the $29,000 GAR 5050 New Design A84, sold for $4,250.
Dave Powers, Rockford, MI and Partisover Ranch, Colbert, GA added two impressive fall pairs to their programs with the addition of Lots 40 and 61 for $6,700 and $6,250.
Deer Valley Farm, Fayetteville, TN and Maplecrest Farms, Hillsboro, OH waited all day to purchase the top selling spring pairs in Lots 97 and 100 for $3,500 and $3,300.
Probably the most pride came at the end of the sale when 48 bred commercial heifers commanded an average price of $1,840. High sellers included three daughters of GAR Prophet that sold for $2,400, $2,300, and $2,000, respectively.
Steve Stratford, Pratt, KS; Doug Bailey, Dublin, GA; Thomas Vetsche, Hazelton, ND; Andy Andrews, Georgetown, TN; Cooper Cattle Farm, Maysville, GA; Scott Carey, Madison, GA
Sale Totals and Averages
97 Registered Lots grossed $406,850 to average $4,194
54 Bred Cows grossed $130,000 to average $2,407
31 Open Heifers grossed $68,900 to average $2,223
8 Spring Pairs grossed $24,100 to average $3,013
25 Registered Bred Heifers grossed $69,800 to average $2,792
48 Commercial Bred Heifers grossed $88,320 to average $1,840
9 Donors/Feature lots grossed $93,250 to average $10,361
1 Heifer Pregnancy sold for $8,500