2016 Fall Bull Sale

November 17, 2016

2016 Private Treaty Bull Sale Information

Attention!  The bulls will be located on the ranch at 215 Pineview Road.

Please allow time to sort through them before the sale.

At 12:00 pm MST we will gather at the kitchen area of the Dawes County Fairgrounds for the bidding.

Complimentary lunch will be served.

If you are interested in a bull, call John at 308.430.8244

As bulls are sold, we will mark them as sold on the sale order link below.

2016 Bull Catalog

2016 Sale Results

2016 Supplement Sheet       (PDF Version)


Lots 1-10    Lots 11-20    Lots 21-30    Lots 31-40    Lots 41-50


Our opening round of private treaty sales will run as follows: 

*In person bidding will be done at the Dawes County Fairgrounds.

*At 12 noon MST we will begin selling bulls.

*All bulls will be start priced at $2500 for the opening round of private treaty sales only.

*If one person has expressed an interest in a bull prior to the bull being sold that person will buy the bull at the base price.

*If two or more people have expressed prior interest we will call them and auction the bull between the interested parties.

*If you would like to be present for the auction, we will gather at the Dawes County Fairgrounds in Chadron, NE. 

Please let us know you are coming and allow time to look at the bulls that morning at the ranch.

Click here to view our 2016 Bull Catalog.

Get the Adobe PDF reader here.

We needed a laid back, low cost method to distribute the bulls and private treaty with an opening day seems to be the best fit. There are a couple ways for you to participate.
1. On Saturday December 3, 2016 come look at the cattle and make your selections and then join us at 12:00 MST and you can offer your bid as we proceed through the sale order.
2. Come look and select your bulls anytime. Notify us of which lots you are interested in and we will call you when that bull is being sold. You can raise your bid live via telephone.
3. Leave your order with Ann or I, and we will fill it for you.
All bulls will be base priced at $2500. If two or more are interested in a bull we will raise the bid in $250 increments until the bull is sold. If you are the only person interested in the bull you may buy him at the
base price.
DELIVERY: The first 500 miles is free; remainder at cost.
HEALTH: All bulls will have passed a semen test, be wormed and poured, and non-virgin bulls tested free of trichomoniasis.
GUARANTEE: If you are not satisfied, I am not in business. If you are not satisfied for any reason prior to 11/1/2017 simply return the bull for full credit less $1000. No questions asked.
Purchase bull for $4000. Bull becomes unsatisfactory at some point. Return bull and receive credit for $3000 to be used towards a replacement. You must return the bull; mortality is not covered.


September 11, 2014

We only have a few bulls available so we are just offering them on a first come first serve basis.  No catalog, no opening date.  If you want some just come pick them out.

Thank you,

John Dockweiler


Do the Shoshones make the best cows?

September 11, 2014


I was asked this question recently by an astute, observant, commercial cattleman.  It caught me somewhat off guard as a myriad of thoughts and images flooded my mind.

I think first off it is a tremendous credit to Larry Leonhardt that the question would even be asked.  To have the name Shoshone stand for a specific type that remains consistent over time is a great credit to the man that continues to husband the nucleus Shoshone gene pool.  One might ask about a sire, “Do the Final Answer daughters make the best cows?”, but to just refer to a herd and expect that one answer can cover the entire herd says a lot about the selection criteria and methodology behind the creation and continuation of the strain.

I thought about what was meant by the word “best”.  Thousands of Shoshone females have left Cowley, WY and it seems that almost universally the subsequent selection direction has been to change them from what they are to something else.  Human nature being what it is, we are not easily satisfied, but clearly most people who have had Shoshone cows have thought they could be made better with directional selection.  I remembered too the cows in my own herd that most people pick.  In any one moment in time people always like the bulkier young females.  They are deemed the “best” for that moment but as the moment passes into days and years the bulkier young “best” females seldom persist.

I thought about the vigor, strength, and production needed to be the “best” commercial range cow.  I know that a percentage of our closer bred cows can’t compete in those categories as individuals but as parents they can contribute the genetics for those qualities very well.  So maybe it isn’t the Shoshone cow at all but the underrated maternally prepotent Shoshone bulls that “make the best cows”.

I also had to think about my naivete and disillusionment as I have progressed through my first decade with Shoshone genetics in my herd.  I assumed that everyone would desire and value the same characteristics that I do.  Not so.  I am continually shocked at the contempt 4-H and FFA trained livestock evaluators have for slope from hooks to pins.  This characteristic which is universal in nature and vital for maternal calving ease, freedom from infection, and fluid movement is held in utter disdain by even the most experienced cattlemen.  The properly functioning endocrine system which produces fertility,  overall feminine grace and symmetry is completely misunderstood and undervalued.  And finally, in our blind lust for performance, low EPD’s are a non-starter,  even if the cow weighs 1350 and has a 700# calf at her side.

Finally, without first hand knowledge, people seem unimpressed with the intelligence, demeanor, and mothering ability of the Shoshone cow.  Calving these cows is an absolute joy.  They are good at it, wired up for it, and smart about it.  They don’t misplace their calves.  They are cooperative with humans.  They love being moms.  I had a heifer get bred to a Simmental bull.  When I got there in the morning the calf and cow were alive but neither could get up.  I pulled the calf around to see if he would nurse.  The heifer, so willing and helpful, put her leg back and rolled over on her back like an old sow to expose her udder so that her paralyzed calf could nurse.  In a day or two he got up and then she got up and then she bred back and weaned him and life goes on.  That cooperative, helpful, nurturing, attitude is invaluable to me.

Do the Shoshones make the best cows?  If one looks at the market, certainly the money flows to other types of cows that are perceived to be more profitable.  In an industry that does not and cannot measure inputs our perceptions are skewed by marketing, hearsay, and academic research.

So to answer the question, I can tell you without reservation that for either seed stock or commercial production I can see no reason to change our highly Shoshone influenced cowherd.  So in that sense I guess they are the best for me.

NOTE:  The preceding post was written in 2013.






Summer 2013

September 10, 2013

The first picture is JAD EZRA W3128  Ezra is the largest framed bull that I’ve used for a long time.  He’s got good feet, stays sound and I was pleased with the first daughters that we calved this spring.

The 2nd picture is of JAD PAUL X158-6157  Paul is an easy moving easy breeding bull with intelligence and a sunny disposition.

The 3rd picture is of JAD PRESCORE WA743-6157  Prescore has been a dominant bull here for the last few seasons.  We have several sons of his for sale this fall.  They are stamped hard in his image.  We lost Prescore to a career ending injury this year.

Chasing the PHEONIX

July 2, 2012

According to my highly sophisticated market research, the “Herd Bull” page is where everyone goes first when they come to the web site.  That is pretty much what I do to.  The bulls tell the story pretty quickly don’t they?

So I decided to get ours updated to more accurately portray the sires that we are currently using.  I was going to get a good picture of JAD PHOENIX U6157.  It wasn’t easy.  First he was in the tall grass.

                                                 Then he went down in the water.


Then he was standing with his front end down.  Then I almost got a good one by the fence except for that tall grass.  Then he went back down in the creek.  Well, I’ll keep trying.  I’m hoping to get the sire page updated with pics and pedigree for JAD PRESCORE WA743-6157JAD PAUL X158-6157; JAD EZRA W3128; JAD FX T6306; JAD PROSPERITY Y411-6157

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