Sask. family sells Simmental for $190K

Prize bull | SVS Captain Morgan sets North American record price for purebred sire

A black Simmental bull from Sask-atchewan has sold for $190,000, a North American record.

SVS Captain Morgan 11Z, raised by Sunny Valley Simmentals of Hanley, Sask., had already garnered a lot of attention before sale day March 6.

The Dimler family of Double Bar D Farms in Grenfell, Sask. was the new owner when the gavel slammed down at Sunny Valley’s annual production sale after rapid fire bidding among interested parties across the Prairies.

“We knew the interest was there beforehand and that he had the potential to bring that, but I am still having trouble getting it through my head,” said Tyler Libke, whose family owns Sunny Valley Simmentals.

The Libkes, who run 125 purebred cows, have been in the Simmental business since the breed arrived in Canada.

“From the time that calf was born we knew he was pretty special,” Libke said.

“Ones like these don’t come along every day, and for everything to line up and have the outcome the way it did, it is a once in a lifetime deal. It is something to shoot for in the future.”

The Libkes have two full sisters to Captain Morgan that will be bred this spring. Half siblings have already arrived.

“This bull’s dam was a national champion, and she is kind of the model Simmental, if you ask my opinion,” he said.

Captain Morgan is only 14 months old and will be used exclusively in the Dimler program.

It was named supreme champion bull at the Saskatoon Fall Fair and was also a top 10 finalist at the Canadian Western Agribition supreme challenge, the only bull calf to ever make it to that level.

The bull is homozygous polled and is sired by Harvie JDF Wallbanger 111X, whose calves are topping production sales across the Prairies this spring.

Wallbanger came from the Harvie Ranching breeding program at Olds, Alta., and was born in 2010. It was the high selling calf in Canada in 2010 at $45,000 for a half interest. A syndicate of breeders owns the other half, including Sunny Valley. The bull resides at Robb Farms in Maidstone, Sask.

The first Wallbanger calves have been available for sale this year and are topping all the spring sales, said Cole Harvie.

“Roughly, he has probably sold in this breeding season over half a million dollars worth of progeny in his first year,” he said.

Harvie said the family knew the calf was a game changer.

“He was a little different from most Simmentals in that he was a little bigger bodied, easy going kind of bull all through his life,” he said.

The Harvies have six full sisters in their herd and three maternal sisters.

“We’ll keep trying to get as much progeny as we can,” he said.

A Wallbanger son named Harvie Boondock was reserve bull calf champion at the National Western Stock Show in Denver in January.

The Harvies raise three purebred breeds with Simmentals being the most recent addition.

Wallbanger is homozygous polled and heterozygous black and is already known as a performance bull.

“Every single purebred guy is trying to get a son off him in Canada,” said Harvie.

“He is one of the most exciting herd bulls produced in the Simmental breed in quite a few years.… He is siring performance bulls that are coming off of first calf heifers so he is working in the heifer pen, yet he is still siring the highest performing bulls in the sales.… That is what is making him such an attractive package.”

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