The 21st Annual Designer’s Classic Sale was a great success.
It was a long day at Buzzard Hollow Ranch on May 16th 2015. The FSFF held both a board meeting and
membership meeting where they voted on changes to the constitution as well as business.
The day’s events also hosted equipment displays of: tractors, ATVS, and a Terregator by local
companies; Lonestar Ranch & Outdoors of Cleburne Texas and Bramlett Implement of Stephenville
Texas. Vendor booths for the Texas Simmental Simbrah Association & Fullblood Fleckvieh Federation,
hosted by Jim Ethridge displaying membership directory & other information for interested members to
pick up. Jill Ginn with the Igenity booth, had information on testing etc. that is being done by their
company. The Texas Beef Council was also here with a booth and a big hit was the bronze displays and
drawings by Eagle Chief Studios from Tahlequah, OK owned by Burneta Venosdel.
At 1:30pm the educational seminar was held in the sales arena with a power point presentation on
Visual Evaluation of Simmental Fleckvieh cattle, prepared by Peter Massmann of South Africa. Following
the presentation a live question and answer period was conducted via Skype with Peter Massmann. A
huge thank you to Peter for doing this for BHR and if you want a copy of this new book, please contact
BHR. It is a great book covering many points that most of us have forgotten on cattle selection.
The annual Bull-O-Rama was also held with the following winners:
1st place: Dr. Mikell Davis with a $500 sale credit
2nd place: Eugene Mills with a $300 sale credit
3rd place: Murle Blasingame with a $100 sale credit
4th place: Jeremy Ramey with a $100 sale credit
Each winner also received a copy of Peter Massmanns book.
Many thanks to Greg Smith for a great Barbeque rib dinner as well as getting us ready for the sale and
also James Walls for his help on setting up the new TV system and helping run the power point and
videos during the sale.
The 21st Annual BHR’s Designer’s Classic was held on May 16, 2015 at Buzzard Hollow Ranch and kicked
off at 6:00pm. A super crowed of 200 from Mexico, Canada, Texas, Mississippi, Maryland, Illinois,
Louisiana, Alabama, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Arkansas, Missouri and Kansas were on hand for the
educational program, Bull-O-Rama and sale.
Lot 3, a polled Fleck heifer was the highlight of the sale with Tony & Rebekah Roberts of Rugged R
Cattle, Wisner, LA purchasing her for $11,000.
Lot 1, a pick of Jungle heifers were a close second with the top pick bringing $7300 to Jim & Donna
Ethridge of Mitchell Lake Ranch and the 2nd pick purchased by Larry Throgmorton of T5 Livestock
Company from Wolfe City, TX, for $4500.
Lot 21, a super BHR Oakes daughter out of Texas Rose was purchased for $6600 by Mikell & Mary Cheek
Davis of Little Creek Farm from Starkville, MS.
Lot 26, consigned by Little Creek Farm was purchased for $5500 by Steve Jensen, of Jensen Simmentals
from Paola, KS.
Lot 20 was purchased by Louis Hubnik of Hubnik Farms, a long time valued customer, for $5300. Mr.
Louis has purchased animals each year for the last 21 years from BHR.
Lot 22 was purchased by Henry Birdwell Jr. from Bryson TX for $4700 and he also purchased several
other females in the sale.
The Purebred Simmental and SimAngus cattle that were all Fleckvieh based were highly sought after
Lot 70, a Purebred Simmental bull that was ¾ Fleckvieh sold for $8500 to Chad smith of Clearwater
Simmentals in Cartwright, Manitoba. Jim & Gail Ligon o Ligon Simmentals in TN consigned the herd sire
prospect and Brian Valentine of Pro Stock Livestock, assisted in the sale of this lot.
Lot 49, a ¾ ¼ Sim Angus, that is 56% Fleck drew top honors in the SimAngus section selling for $5400 to
Carl & Joyce Low of Granbury TX. A new breeder that plans on developing a SimAngus program that is
Lot 43, a bred Purebred Simmy, 37% Fleck, consigned by Ligon Simmentals sold for $4100 to Stephen
Caffey, of Riesel TX who purchased several other lots as well.
Lot 44 a Super Purebred Simmy with a bull calf at side, consigned by Ligon Simmentals sold to Randy
Pullin of Walnut Springs TX.
Lot 56 a ¾ ¼ SimAngus consigned by Jensen Simmentals brought $4400 and sold to Jacob Prior of
Louis Langford, of Royce City, TX purchased a super SimAngus cow from Steve Jensen.
The open Full Fleck heifers created quite a stir.
Paul Reynolds of Berea, KY won the bidding on Lot 66, consigned by Ganaderia Platt of Sonora Mexico
for $5800 and Jeff Hannaberry of Bristol QC, purchased her dam Lot 11.
Lot 9, a super polled Full Fleck bred cow sold to Gumaro Valdez & Victor Canales for $4600. She will
produce embryos at BHR for their program in Mexico.
The embryo portion of the sale also drew active bidding with a set of 4 embryos out of Haxent and DDD
Ms. Salamon, consigned by BHR & Greg & Paige Kemp, being purchased by Kenneth Airheart of K5
Rafter Top Simmentals for $800 an embryo.
The next two sets of embryos out of DDD Stacey Mac and Canadian Neff and Siegfried sold for $700 an
embryo. The Canadian Neff embryos sold to Mark Jones of Indiana and the Siegfried embryos sold to
Ben & Sara Estes of Vinson, OK. The Stromer out of Stacey Mac sold to Jim & Donna Ethridge from
Mitchell Lake Simmentals.
Lot 2A was 2 lots of 10 units each, on the exciting new herd sire: BHR Imperial A855. Both lots sold for
$190/unit, one to Little Creek Farm and the other to Ricky and Betty Jo Smith of Triple S Simmentals.
The last 20 units of Imperials sire: Jungle was purchased by Larry Eurig of Ontario Canada.
Here is a breakout of the overall sale averages:
64 live lots averaged: $4608.15
73 total lots averaged $4411.60
A sincere thank you for all that attended and to Dan Skeels the auctioneer that turned in another great