Celebrating their 36th year the American Salers Association had a weekend full of events at the 2011 National Western Stock Show January 15-17. Following the Breeder’s Choice Sire Futurity Show in the Beef Palace Arena on Saturday 15, the annual banquet was held in a full NWSS Centennial Room. Noteworthy this year was the high number of cattle entered in the Salers events. Over 150 head were entered, making it the highest number for many years and exceeding entries by several other major breeds.
The Futurity consists of Salers breeders who annually buy a Futurity membership. The show features the breed’s best young sires. This year breeders voted AVS Out West 210X as the 2011 Futurity champion. He is a February 2010, black, homozygous polled, purebred son of MAC Topeka 159T, owned by Ken Bates, Ahtanum Valley Salers, Yakima, Wash. Futurity member Danny Todd of Crawford, Colo., held the winning card in the drawing to win sale proceeds from the sale of the Futurity Champion Bull. Out West sold in the National Sale for $6,800 to Triple C Farms, Jamestown, Tenn.
The Salers & Optimizer Pen Bull Show began on Sunday the 16th. The three judge panel consisted of Jim Ligon, Cookeville, Tenn., Dr. Cody Wright, Brookings, S.D., and Jerry Crownover, Everton, Mo. They evaluated some top quality purebred and Optimizer cattle in the Livestock Center Auction Arena. The grand champion pen of Salers bulls went to GG&T Cattle Co., of Quinter, Kan., with an entry consisting of three January 2010 calves; GGT P Bk Protocol 45X, a GGT P Bk Heavy Hitter son; GGT P Bk Progress 160X, an AP Polled Genesis XZ64F son; and GGT P Bk New Dawn, a GGT P Blk Arrival 170T son. The pen had an average weight of 1,308 pounds, and an average WDA of 3.53 pounds. Average EPDs were +1.9 for BW, +69 for WW, +114 for YW and a milk EPD average of +23.
Elm Creek Ranch, Hebron, N.D., had the reserve champion pen of Salers bulls with an entry consisting of a January, a February and a March 2009 calves; OPP Eliminator 038X and OPP Nighthawk 07X, both sons of GGT P Blk Enforcer 300U; and OPP Wheelhorse 945W, a PCSL Spark son. The pen had an average weight of 1,093 pounds, and an average WDA of 3.20 pounds. Average EPDs were +0.8 for BW, +53 for WW, +95 for YW and a milk EPD average of +24.
GG&T Land and Cattle Company also took home the prize for grand champion pen of Optimizer bulls. The pen consisted of three bulls born in January 2010, GGT Hero 132X, a son of GRNO New Design 260P, GGT End Run 240X, a son of Triple J Design of Foxcross, and GGT Focus 201X, sired by Mytty in Focus. Average EPDs were +1.6 for BW, +60 for WW, +106 for YW and a milk EPD average of +24. Average weight was 1,345 pounds and average WDA 3.72.