The first 11 of the 34 now completed bull sales hosted by Gardiner Angus Ranch fell short of the breed average prices paid for those years. Henry Gardiner was focused on perfecting a process to identify bulls that could sire progeny that reliably made his commercial customers money. In addition, he expected those sires to do the same job with every calf crop. During those days, his perpetual process of collecting data, moving from natural service to 100% artificial insemination and later embryo transfer, applying selection pressure for economically important traits, and never, ever losing sight of a vision to improve beef from gate to plate was shared by only a few.
Clearly, by the end of the day, April 6, Henry Gardiner’s vision and discipline to use only proven high accuracy sires and take advantage of sound science and technology has achieved worldwide industry acceptance. Two hundred twenty-three buyers from 32 states and four foreign countries invested in genetics designed to meet the needs of a complex beef industry, regardless of end point.
The high selling bull was GAR Fruition, Lot 1. A definite indicator of this Summitcrest Complete son’s popularity is the fact his video received more than 3,000 views prior to the sale. Robin Wilson, Rocking W, Jefferson, GA won the bidding race and paid $75,000 to own half interest in GAR Fruition. The bull is leased to Select Sires.
The 14-16 month old bulls have generated much interest in recent years. This year was no exception. The second high selling bull was Lot 256, GAR Sure Fire. Joe Mayer, Guymon, OK, long time GAR customer, friend and one of the most astute commercial producers in the country paid $36,000 to own this unique genetic combination of calving ease and end product merit. Sure Fire’s +16 calving ease, -2.0 birth weight, +1.19 marbling and +108 $Beef is an “in your dreams” combination. He was leased post sale to Select Sires. Progressive beef producers will want to watch this young sire in the future!
The first GAR Ingenuity son to sell at Gardiner Angus Ranch generated a lot of interest. Lot 250, GAR Ingenuity J2024, sold to Doug Munton, Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada, for $22,000. Lot 252, GAR 5050 New Design G2339, a superb combination of growth, marbling and muscle, sold to repeat customers Thaine and Anita Schickedanz, Fargo, OK, for $20,000.
Another repeat GAR customer, Blake Crawford, Adair, IA, recognized the value of Lot 207, GAR/SJH Impression 6108 H1605. This son of Connealy Impression out of a Dreamcatcher cow with impressive production data, sold to Crawford for $19,500.