Angus enthusiasts consigned 27 lots to the 2009 National Western Angus bull sale Jan. 15 in Denver, Colo. The annual sale, which is the only sale managed by the American Angus Association, averaged $9,159.
A panel of five judges including Rick Blanchard, Firebaugh, Calif.; Scott Bush, Britton, S.D.; John Grimes, Hillsboro, Ohio; Mike McGuire, Waverly, Ala.; and Cheramie Viator, Franklin, Texas, evaluated the bulls and selected division and overall champions.
Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, Okla., consigned the grand champion bull, OSU Orion 8102. The December 2007 son of BC 7022 Raven 7965 first topped the early winter calf division. Pollard Farms, Enid, Okla., purchased the winning bull for $20,000.
Wilson Cattle Co., Cloverdale, Ind., consigned the reserve grand champion bull. Freys KJF Hustler M35 R61 is a March 2006 son of B C Marathon 7022 and first won the senior division. Whitestone Krebs, Gordon, Neb., purchased the bull for $10,000.
Werner War Party 2417 was the high-selling lot in the sale. Werner Angus, Cordova, Ill., consigned the September 2007 son of Connealy Onward that also won early fall bull calf champion. Kiamichi Link Ranch, Tulsa, Okla., and 44 Farms, Houston, Texas, purchased the bull for $75,000.
Another high seller was Limestone BC Uproar U192. Limestone, Perkins, Okla., and Conley Angus, Clarksdale, Mo., consigned the bull that Belle Point Ranch, Fort Smith, Ark., purchased for $20,000.
A complete list of sale results is posted online.