2016 Fall Bull Sale

November 17, 2016 by  

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.

Bull Sale Information Is Up!

November 20, 2010 by  

2010 Bull Sale

We have all of our bull sale information up for you to view.  All of the information can be found by using the “Bull Sale” link at the top and letting your mouse hover for just a second.

There are video clips of each lot in the sale so you can see them a little more in depth.  Lots 54-57 now have videos up as well.  Click here to start viewing videos of the bulls and heifer calves.

We have added a photo gallery so you can have a better look at all the bulls and the heifer calves.  The photos can be found on the “Lot Photos” page.  Click on any photo to view them in a larger size.

Finally, we also have our full catalog available for you to download. It requires the Adobe PDF reader in order to view it.  If you would like a hardcopy, please fill out the contact page, or click here and let us know where we can send you one.

Thanks for stopping by, and hope see you at the sale.

John & Ann Dockweiler Forage Proven Production Sale 11/21/09

October 18, 2009 by  

We are planning to offer 50 long yearling bulls, one bull calf, and three fall calving cows with heifer calves at side in our fall sale.  All of the pictured cattle sell.  If you’re not on our mailing list please go to the contact page and provide your address so we can send you a catalog.



JAD LAD S6306 UR09

JAD LAD S6306 UR09

JAD PRUDENCE T10 with heifer calf by JAD LAD S6114

JAD PRUDENCE T10 with heifer calf by JAD LAD S6114

JAD PRIDE T17 with heifer calf by JAD LAD S6114

JAD PRIDE T17 with heifer calf by JAD LAD S6114



JAD LAD S6306 UR12

JAD LAD S6306 UR12

An Average Angus Steer

August 9, 2009 by  


For the longest time, I did not know or believe that “composition has the greatest impact on functional reproductivity”.  Now that I have met Leonhardt and studied Bonsma, I understand that the most valuable thing I can do as a breeder is to select and stabilize a good maternal type.  Realizing that “production values are self-governed by the environment”, I have stopped selecting for more growth and instead I let those values fall where they may.  Our EPD’s are stabilizing somewhat below breed average and I worry at times that my customers will lose too much performance.  People often ask me, “If you calved in March, what would your weaning weights be?” and the truth is I don’t know.  So I have watched the steer pictured above with interest.  He was born March 13, 2008 with an 84 pound birth weight.  His EPD’s are +2.1 birth, +20 weaning, +34 yearling, and +16 milk.  His $#EN is +20.94 and $WN is+19.59.  He is slightly inbred with a coefficient of 8.66%.  His ancestry is full of fertile, feminine cows that lasted and worked.  He was wintered through some bitter cold and nasty spring blizzards with nothing but winter range and a protein tub.  With all this in mind, I was pleased when we weighed him off grass, on August 5, 2009, and he weighed 946#.  What’s more, I think he can go on to the feedlot and continue to gain and carry enough weight to be profitable for the next guy.  I expect he will grid quite well because this kind usually does.  All this to say that if you want a low-cost, straight-bred system, my experience is that performance will be adequate and certainly the inputs will be lower with this type.  Maternal values can also be consistently excellent if selection is for proper conformation and production values are in line with the environment.

From a terminal perspective he’s easy to criticize.  We could want him to be more muscular, or higher marbling,  more volume/appetite, or larger framed. Perhaps we might like him to be smaller framed and earlier maturing if we wanted to grass finish him.  Clearly there are any number of genetic changes we could make to have the resulting steer top whatever terminal market we are aiming for.  However any one of these changes would likely have disastrous effects on the maternal conformation represented by the dams in his pedigree.

The only way I know to have “more” of whatever terminal characteristics are desired is to break the genetics up into maternal and terminal parts.

Therefore, there are two excellent genetic systems available, both of which are being completley ignored by the entire industry.

The first is a straight-bred maternal system.  Very profitable because it is simple, low-input, consistent, and produces average steers and excess high quality breeding females.

The second would utilize just enough maternal bulls to provide replacement heifers.  With proper maternal selection replacement females rates can be very low.  The rest of the cow herd can then be mated to produce for whatever market is desired.   This is the only way I know that you can have your cake and eat it too.


July 27, 2009 by  


I promised to post a picture of M C C LOGAN and here it is.  I’m not satisifed with the quality of these shots and I hope to get a better one in the next few weeks.  Where have you heard that before? I like this bull.  He is going to be used to breed our heifers.  Time will tell.  Gregg Matney ran a complete Igenity profile on the bull and he scored really well across the board.


July 24, 2009 by  


JAD LAD S6306 is the combination of two of our very best cows.  His paternal granddam is Shoshone Prudence 6157 and his Dam is Shoshone Frances 6306.  The two middle pictures were taken late in the Fall of 2008 and the first and last pictures were taken in late July of 2009.  He is siring a lot of performance.  His sons will be some of the best growth bulls offered in our fall sale.   We are keeping one of his first sons, to use as a herd bull.  His name is JAD FX-UR38.  Notice that 6306 is the granddam on the top and bottom.  You can look at her picture and pedigree on our “COWS” page.  I have limited first hand experience with the cows in the pedigree beyond 6157 and 6306 but as near as I can tell both bulls have nothing but outstandingly good females behind them.  I think it’s interesting that neither one of these bulls offered much individuality as young bulls.  My selection of them was based entirely on the strength of the cows behind them.   We have a full brother to Lad S6306 that we call JAD FX T6306.  The two brothers will work side by side to breed our cow herd and increase the influence of Shoshone Frances 6306.  She also produced a bull by JAD JUANADA RUT RM84 that will be for sale this fall and she has a bull calf on her now whose parentage DNA results should be back any day.  Now if she would just produce a few more daughters.

The Embyos are Coming! The Embryos are Coming!

May 20, 2009 by  


So far we have had 2 heifers and a bull by Horse Butte 1126 of 3128 X Shoshone Prudence 6157.  That gives us a grand total of 6 females and a bull by this mating.  We also have a heifer by Friars of Wye X 6157.  She is a full sister to our M C C LOGAN bull.  Finally we have had an outstanding bull by Shoshone Felix 6310 J O D.

There are a few more recip cows springing up so hopefully we’ll get a few more calves out of this wonderful 18 year old cow.

Ode to Extra

March 24, 2009 by  

N Bar Extra B310 A144

N Bar Extra B310 A144 was the first herd bull I ever bought.  On November 28, 1995, my Dad and I drove to Grass Range, Montana for the 48th Annual Fall Production Sale at N Bar Ranch.  He was Lot #2 and even though I had crossed him out in my catalog, when I got there and sorted through the bulls he became my first choice.  He is pretty tightly bred, by an EXT son crossed on an EXT daughter.  His maternal great- grandmother is N Bar Primrose 9962 and she is also EXT’s maternal grandmother.  His mother and grandmother are both pathfinders and his mother has served as a featured donor for Sinclair Cattle Company.

I could not have asked for a better  foundation bull than Extra.  He excelled at calving ease, disposition, and productive daughters.  His steers fed and finished well and I know he was a sire of marbling from the little bit of work that we have done in that area.

Jeff Ward at Sinclair Cattle Company has purchased our remaining inventory of semen so Extra will end up his career as an A.I. sire working on the same “N Bar Legacy” cows that he originated from.  We have a nice group of bull calves out of Extra that will be available for sale in the Fall of 2009.


November 25, 2008 by  

We had an excellent sale.  We sold 23 bulls from South Dakota to Kansas for an average price of $2675.  The weather was excellent and everything went smoothly.

Bulls penned for viewing

Bulls penned for viewing

Pregame Preparation

Pregame Preparation

Birds of a Feather

Birds of a Feather

Julie and Grandma Vicki Serving Lunch

Julie and Grandma Vicki Serving Lunch

We are deeply grateful to our friends, family, and customers for your support. 

John & Ann Dockweiler Angus 2008 Supplemental Sheet

November 17, 2008 by  


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