Herbster Angus Farms is proud to announce their purchase of the Lot 1 and Lot 6 bulls at the 2017 Vintage Angus Ranch Bull Sale.
Our purchase, Lot 1, VAR Explorer 6293 (AAA # 18417046), is an exciting VAR Discovery son, and was the top-selling bull at $75,000. HD Analysis values this bull among the breed's elite for pre-weaning growth, post-weaning growth, milking potential, added ribeye needed for improved yield grade, added marbling, and the combined growth and carcass excellence measured by $B. Sired by the most proven balance trait sire in the breed today, VAR Discovery, his dam, was a $100,000 feature of the 2016 female sale at Vintage. His grandam is a female that has stood at the top of carcass value in the Angus breed for a decade, reminding us that superior genetics are not by accident. VAR Explorer 6293 is bred to lead in Multi-Trait excellence and he does just that posting a top 5% WW, top 1% YW, top 10% SC, top 3% CEM, top 1% Milk, top 10% CW, top 5% RE, top 2% Fat, top 3% $W, top 1% $F, top 4% $G, top 5% $YG, and top 1% $B. That's 16 traits and indexes in the top 10% and 13 in the top 5%. Moreover, this bull is excellent phenotypically, has great feet and legs, and travels as good as any bull in our lineup. We believe "6293" will add carcass merit and numerical superiority without sacrificing phenotype. He will be our "go to" outcross bull on our SAV bred cows.
The Lot 6 bull, VAR Enterprise 6229 (AAA #18417013), selling for $40,000, was our second pick and the second-high selling bull of the 2017 Vintage Angus Ranch bull sale. Moderate in appearance and soft in his design, "6229" ranks in the elite categories of HD50 for WW, YW, CWM, CW, and Fat. He also ranks in the top 1% of non-parent bulls for $F, $W, CWT, WW, and YW. His mother, Deer Valley Henrietta 3131 has a beautiful udder and is a very proven and productive cow. His daughters will be excellent! He will also make a great outcross on SAV genetics.
As always, the semen on our two new bulls will be collected and packaged at North American Breeders at our standard 40 million cells for $40 a straw. Please contact Brittany Barker-Hostetler, our Executive Vice President, to be placed on the list for semen.