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Brandl bulls average $7,550 on 40 yearling bulls

Four select heifers average $4,563
Brandl Cattle Co. presented Allan Dzvinski with a framed photo on his purchase this year of his 20th Brandl bull. l-r Landon, Wynton and Byron Brandl, Allan Dzvinski and his son and far right, Kailey and Gwen Brandl.

The 22nd Annual Brandl Cattle Co. Bull and Select Female Sale held at the Brandl ranch sale barn west of Jarvie on March 9 was another success, said Byron Brandl. A total of 40 yearling Black and Red Angus bulls sold for an average of $7,750, while four select heifers sold for an average of $4,563.

The high-selling bull of this year’s sale was MR BIG, BCC 25L, Jan 6, 2023, Black Angus calf with a moderate birthweight of 85 pounds, a weaning weight of 960 pounds and a sale weight of 1,550 pounds with a 40-centimetre scrotal measure.  Sired by Compass Mr Tibbs 11J and out of the Brandl female BCC Miss Burgess 78F, the bull had already gained public appreciation. He was the Reserve Champion Senior Bull Calf at the Farmfair International Show in Edmonton last fall. This bull was purchased by John Grant of Grant Lodge Farms, Edam, SK for $16,000. The bull was sold with full semen interest and possession to the new owner, and Brandl Cattle retained in-herd use semen collected prior to sale day. Grant Lodge Farms also received 30 vials of semen collected from MR BIG.

The second high selling bull of the sale was a Red Angus, RED BCC BRICK 128L. This calf was born Feb 12, 2023 with a birth weight of 90 pounds and a weaning weight of 866 pounds. He had a sale weight of 1,450 pounds and a scrotal measure of 40 centimetres. He is a son of Red Mann Red Box 55C and from the Brandl cow, Red Wilbar Helga 211E. This bull was purchased by Paul Grossenbacher of Barrhead, AB for $15,500.

A couple of other bulls hit the $10,000 mark. Jeremiah Bickerstaff and Jessica Ashmead of Colinton, AB purchased BCC PESO 159L, another Black Angus, for $11,000. This was another bull that showed well in sale rings. He was the Champion Junior Angus Bull at Farmfair International last fall.

Black Angus bull BCC TREASURE HUNT 89L,  sold for $10,500 to Dennis Kropp of Slave Lake, AB. 

Red Angus bull RED BCC HOT SHOT 5L was sold to Shane Blake of McCord, SK for $10,000.

Black Angus bull BCC BLACK GOLD 6L went to Fred and Ronalie DeBock of Barrhead for $10,000.

The sale also included four select purebred Black Angus heifers. The high-selling heifer was BCC CLARICE 140L.  She sold to Brian and Tracy Kimmel, Twisted Sisters Livestock, Lloydminster, AB for $6,750.

The Brandls always give a special presentation to any of their buyers when they reach 20 bulls purchased over the years.  This year recognition was given to Allan and Vicki Dzivinski of Nestow, AB who have been buying Brandl bulls since 2006. This was done at the conclusion of the sale.

The volume buyer of this year’s sale was Cory Nottingham from Amahim Lake, BC who purchased four Black Angus bulls.

The last item of the sale was a Dutch auction fundraiser.  Wynton Brandl operates Brandl Fabrication and manufactured a mineral feeder/ oiler/scratcher. Tickets were auctioned with proceeds going to three different junior cattle shows in Alberta.  These include Summer Synergy at Olds, Canadian Junior Nationals at Bashaw and the Alberta Junior Angus Show at Bashaw.  A total of $6,410 will be donated to these events.  The winner of the item was Chase Collins of Boyle, AB.

The sale was attended by a capacity crowd of bidders and buyers from across the three western provinces as well as online bidders from across Canada and the United States.  Bulls and females in this year’s sale went to to BC, Alberta and Saskatchewan cattlemen.

Following the sale the Brandl’s hosted their regular complimentary steak BBQ for bidders and buyers (and neighbours often join in as well) followed by entertainment.  This year folks were treated to the sounds of accomplished musicians Kailey Brandl and Koltan Potts.  

While this was the 22nd Annual Sale of Brandl Cattle Co., it was noted this was their 48th year of raising purebred Angus cattle. A true family operation, the ranch is owned and operated by Byron and Gwen Brandl along with their three children,  Kailey, Wynton and Landon.

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