DeRouchey's Annual "Optimum" Maine Anjou Bull & Female Sale
February 17, 2007, Mitchell, SD
16 Breeder Herd Sires - $17,953
90 Commercial Herd Sires - $3,617
80 Open Maine Anjou & MaineTainer
23 Angus & Angus Cross Bred Cows -
Auctioneer – Matt Sims
By Bill Angell for Jim Gies
winter day greeted the large enthusiastic crowd of cattlemen that
packed the Mitchell Livestock Auction barn Saturday, February 17th.
Many repeat customers were on hand as Fred & Joan DeRouchey and
family conducted their annual Optimum Bull & Female Sale. This year
the offering featured maybe their best set of bulls as well as a
tremendous offering of open females and bred cows.
just came off of a very successful showing in Denver at the Annual
National Western Stock Show. They captured Grand Champion honors in
the Yards with their Pen of Three Higher Percentage Maine Anjou
Females. They also exhibited the People’s Choice Grand Champion Pen
of 3 Bulls.
offering, which featured bulls from that Champion pen, represented
some of the very top genetics in the Maine Anjou breed. The
DeRoucheys are committed to utilizing the DNA Gene Star testing for
tenderness and color pattern. Over 96% of the bulls in the offering
tested 2 stars or more for the tenderness gene. Every bull in the
sale tested negative for PHA and TH and sold with updated EPD’s from
the AMAA. Also, many of the bulls are homozygous black and they
were all semen tested.
Garnering top dollar was...
||Lot 1, DCC Premium Blend 47S, a 3/03/06 Homozygous Black,
polled PB son of BPJV Hotline out of DC Playmate 183M, a MCG Heisman
44E daughter. 47S, who was a member of the People’s Choice Grand
Champion Pen, has an adj. REA of 16.90 with an IMF score of 3.82.
Bushy Park Cattle Co., Highland, MD bought ½ interest in
this outstanding prospect. His EPD’s include +2.1 BW, +50.0 WW,
+17.0 MM, +41.9 M&G and +88.2 YW. His GeneStar Tenderness score was
4 stars. Bushy Park Cattle Co. also purchased Lot 2, DCC Crown
Jewel 55S, a 3-11-06 Homozygous Black, polled, PB son of CMAC Hard
Core. 55S also had a 16.9 REA, an IMF score of 4.34,
was +1.7 BW, +46.0 WW and +83.2 YW. He also scored 2 stars on his
GeneStar tenderness score.
|OTHER TOP BULLS:
||Lot 9 - DCC Trend
Changer 6S, a 1-03-06 Homozygous Black, polled, son of HAA New Level
322N to Greg Felder, Lima, MT.
||Lot 3 - DCC Mercy 66S,
a 3-09-06 Black, polled, PB son of CMAC Hard Core to Greg Felder. GeneStar ***
||Lot 5 - DCC Code Red
264S, a 4-22-06 Red, polled, PB son of CMAC Hard Core to Russ
Harkema, New Sharon, IA. GeneStar **
||Lot 10 - DCC Real
World 11S, a 1/17/06 Homozygous Black, polled, son of HAA New Level
322N to John Booher Farms, Darlington, IN. GeneStar ****
||Lot 15 - DCC Just R
Luck 81S, a 3-02-06 Homozygous Black, polled, PB son of Cowan’s Ali
4M to Ryan Zwicke, Seguin, TX.
||Lot 11 - DCC Big
Ticket 20S, a 3-01-06 Homozygous Black, scurred, son of HAA New
Level 322N to Robert Reich, Hamilton, TX. GeneStar **
||Lot 4 - DCC Way Cool
199S, a 4-10-06 Homozygous Black, polled, PB son of Cowan’s Ali 4M
to Russ Harkema. GeneStar ****
||Lot 28 - DCC Crowd
Pleaser 227S, a 3/15/06 Black, polled, PB son of NBH Polled
Energizer to Greg Felder. GeneStar ****
||Lot 19 - DCC Midnight
Oil 197S, a 3/10/06 Homozygous Black, polled, PB son of CMAC Hard
Core to James Davis, Waxahachie, TX. GeneStar ****
|Lot 63 - DCC Playboy
171S, a 3-16-06 Black, horned, PB son of NBH Polled Energizer to
Lazy HU Ranch, Alzeda, MT.
offered an outstanding set of elite replacement quality heifers from
their herd. Topping the female portion of the auction was...
|| Lot 151, DCC Playmate 116S, a 3-10-06 daughter of CMAC Hard Core. Bushy Park
Cattle Co. bought this tremendous Black, polled, 3/4
heifer with a 661 lbs. weaning weight. Her EPD’s are 1.2 BW, 44.9
WW, 17.4 MM, 39.9 M&G and 84.3 YW.
|OTHER TOP HEIFERS:
||Lot 159 - DCC
Playmate 48S, a 3-09-06 Black, polled, 3/4 daughter of
DJ Digger D323 to Bushy Park Cattle Co.
||Lot 165 - DCC Playmate
254S, a 5/07/06 Black, scurred, PB daughter of BPJV Hotline to Bushy
Park Cattle Co.
|Lot 530 - DCC Playmate
530S, a 3/21/06 Black, polled, 3/8 MaineTainer daughter of DCC Total
Package 1P to Bushy Park Cattle Co.
||Lot 162 - DCC Playmate
124S, a 4/05/06 Black, polled, PB daughter of BPJV Hotline to
Adamson Cattle Co., Cody, NE.
||Lot 163 - DCC Playmate
247S, a 5/07/06 Black, polled, PB daughter of BPJV Hotline to Mark
Green, Harriet, AR.
||Lot 153 - DCC Playmate
192S, a 4/04/06 Black, polled, PB daughter of DCC The Man to Carlos
Wolfe, Covington, OH.
included Barker Cattle Co., Utah; Bushy Park Farm., Maryland; Greg
Felder, Montana; Eric Shelton, Oklahoma; Hinton Griffeth, Georgia,
Tom Heller, South Dakota and Doug DeRouchey, Wyoming. The cattle
sold into 30 states.