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Big Sandy, MT - Steer Calves (C)

Reputation Cow Calf operation and BQA Award winner! All calves born in 30 days!

Breed/Color: 80% Black/BWF, 20% Red RWF
Approx Head Count: 309
Base Weight: 550
Approx Shipping Date: Thursday, October 27, 2022
  • Final Price:  $203.00
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Payment Instructions
Livestock Payment Terms: Livestock Payments will be made in Escrow prior to shipping the livestock. Funds will be held in Escrow until after the Livestock are Shipped to the Buyer. Buyer has 24 Hours to Inspect Livestock before Funds are released to the Seller. Contact Boe Robbie @ 406.855.0051 for Sales information or questions regarding payment.
Representative and Contact Number
Boe Robbie 406.855.0051

Kind and Sex
Steer Calves

Per $CWT

Approx Head Count

Base Weight

Net Weight

Approximate Shipping Date
Thursday, October 27, 2022

Breeds or Color Percentages
80% Black/BWF, 20% Red RWF

Weighing Conditions
AM Gather, Weigh on the ground with 2% Shrink

Weight Variance
Uneven (+/- 20%)

Frame Size
Large - Estimated Finish 1375+ lbs

Flesh Condition


Health Program
Calfhood Vac. Only

Spring Shots: Inforce 3, Ultrabac 8 on Apr 15 - May 20

Not Weaned

Value Added Program
Beef Quality Assurance Certified Program

100% Ranch-Raised

Feed Program
On the cow, Grazing on Native Dryland Pasture

5 miles E of Big Sandy, MT


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The IX Ranch is a large cow/calf operation in Northern Montana supporting over 3,500 mother cows. They are offering a very even set of calves all born in a tight calving window. These calves stand on a lot of bone with good length and you can see the muscling throughout.

This set of calves will come in three (3) Shipping Days of about 308 head each day. Ship October 24th, 25th, and 27th. About 350 head will come to the scale. With them all being born in a 30 day window, they'll require less of a sort but we'll sure sort them up right for you!

Below is information from the Ranch Manager Richard Roth-

Our goals are to produce a healthy, uniform steer calf that weans 565 lbs. each fall. This animal must perform well in the feedlot as well as on the rail. Likewise, our heifer cows must perform as mothers. We strive to have a mature cow that weights no more than 1250 lbs., can winter on less than a ton of hay and breed back 94-96% in a 50-55 day breeding season. In order to attain these goals we utilize proven key performance indicators ( and the Leachman Cattle of Colorado $Profit™ indexing system.

The IX Ranch is BQA certified and the 2020 BQA Cow Calf Operation of the Year. Therefore, they take pride in raising an animal that has been well cared for and is ready to go to work. Our cattle are grazed on a contiguous operation with little to no interaction with neighboring cattle. IX cattle are healthy and have good immune systems while being able to react quickly to medication when needed. This set of steer calves was born in the 1st cycle (21-30 days). IX Ranch documentation shows that 75% of all IX calves are born in the 1st cycle.

Our number one selection criteria when choosing sires is disposition but we also pay keen attention to muscling, scrotal size, feet and bone structure. We also use $Ranch and $Profit indexes formulated by Leachman's of Colorado. Avg $Ranch = $54.95; Avg $Profit = $11,905

The IX Ranch has purchased composite bulls from Leachman's of Colorado for over 12 years. We select sires for moderate weight and frame score cows. Our average mature cow weight is 1238 lbs and we select no sires bigger than a frame score 6. For more information on Leachman genetics please contact Lee Leachman at (970) 568-3983.

We offer free choice salt and mineral year-round to all our cattle. The mineral used is formulated based on summer and winter forage. Grass and Alfalfa hay, produced on our own ranch, is provided during the winter months to sustain a 5.5 BCS.

We use Ralgro implants because we can consistently add 25-30 lbs to our calves. The IX Ranch has a 100% Home-raised Cow Herd and uses DVM Lance Hughes from Central Montana Vet Clinic as their veterinarian. He may be reached at (406) 350-8381.

All calves will be weighed on ranch, on a state certified Fairbanks scale, no Frozen ears will be brought to the scale. Delivery dates are set as Oct 18,19 & 21 at the Whitcraft location (5 miles from Big Sandy, MT). These lot load calves come from big country and have the genetics and frame to grow at whatever the buyer demands.

The second cycle calves (~ 500 steers) and all the heifers (1,500 head) are always kept and backgrounded at Centana Feedlot in Fromberg, MT. Our feedlot mortality rate is less than 1% and morbidity less than 10%. For more information on our feedlot performance please contact Farron Frost at Centana Feedlot (406) 860-8052.

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