Two Annual Sales, Two Ways to Buy.
Since 1963 - A little history:
In 2003, we instituted the DRI/KCC "Built for the Long Haul" fall production sale, held the 1st Friday in November with our good friends the Kniebels. However, the story starts 40 years earlier in 1963. Our good friends, mentors & neighbors at Shamrock Farms had been holding an Angus production sale on the 1st Friday in November beginning in 1963 and were moving towards retirement. After selling some bulls in their event for a couple of years and growing DRI operations, George & June Crenshaw generously offered us the Shamrock date. Thus, the tradition of top-quality Angus seedstock available in NW Wabaunsee County, KS continues on uninterrupted for over 60 years.
The spring sale is born.
Several years back, we made a few yearlings available in the spring for our customers who were in a bind and couldn't wait until fall. As we grew operations, we started "officially" offering bulls in the spring. As demand for those bulls grew, we were running into the problem of folks wanting the chance at first pick of everything. How could we be fair to all and maintain our sanity? Liking the relaxed atmosphere of our spring private treaty sales and the ability to take lots of time with each individual customer, we settled on an official start to the private treaty season. Read how we do that below.
The best we have to offer, spring & fall.
No matter which sale you choose, rest assured there will be our best yearling & age-advantaged bulls for sale, spring or fall. There will be no quality difference in either sale. The bulls selected for spring OR fall represent a cross section of ALL the bulls. You can be assured of the best-of-the-best offered at both editions of our sales.
On the 4th Saturday in April:
Built for the Long Haul: The Spring Edition
This is our Private Treaty Sale. Low key & relaxed, the entire offering is available to everyone on "opening day" and 1st come, 1st served after that at your convenience.
- The spring sale season opens every year on the 4th Saturday in April at Downey Ranch HQs with an Open House Sale. This is your chance at EVERYTHING we'll be offering during the spring season.
- We will offer yearling & age-advantaged bulls: Black Angus, Red Angus, & SimAngus, performance tested with full data, ultrasound, & genomics.
- Viewing Time: Opening day from 10am -12pm with base prices posted. Check out the bulls & tag bulls you're interested in on the sale board.
- Low stress; no auctioneer, no pressure!
- 12pm: Bid off on ONLY the bulls with multiple folks interested. See below for complete details.
- After that, one-stop shopping for blacks & reds Saturday til 5pm, and Sunday from 12-4 pm on a 1st come, 1st served basis at DRI HQs.
- After the opening weekend, bulls will still be available, but the Black Angus & SmAN will be at DRI, the Red Angus & SmAN at KCC. Opening weekend represents your chance to have the entire selection available to you all in one place at one time.
If you want a chance at EVERYTHING we're offering in the spring, you need to be at DRI (or have made arrangements with us ahead of time) on the opening Saturday and have your selections made by the 12pm start time. You will be issued as many tags as you want with your number. All bulls will have a base price posted. You'll place your tag(s) on the bull(s) you're interested in by 12pm. Placing a tag gives you the right but not the obligation to purchase a bull, so don't hesitate to place tags on 4 bulls that meet your specs even if you only need 2.
If you can't make it, don't worry. We can do your bidding for you. Like always, we'll handle your business with honesty & integrity.
If at 12pm, multiple folks are interested in one bull, we will open up bidding between ONLY those folks with their tags on that particular bull, starting with the bull with the most tags. This is the "Bid-off" portion of the sale. We will ask those people and only those people to keep their hands up until the bull reaches a price where they're no longer interested. If the last 2 people drop their hands on the same incremental bid, the bull goes to the lower buyer number.
At that point, the people who did not get the bid-off bull just sold (and only those people) can move their tag to another bull that meets their criteria if need be. When there are no longer any bulls with multiple tags, then the bid-off portion is concluded and any single-tagged bulls are considered sold. If you put tags out on 3 bulls and only need 2, please remove your other tags as soon as your order is filled.
After the bid-off portion is concluded, it is a straight 1st-come, 1st-served sale. For your convenience and ease of viewing, we will have the entire offering available at DRI Saturday until 5pm & again from 12 pm - 4 pm on Sunday. After Sunday, don't worry: you can still buy a bull, but they will be at their home ranches - black AN & Sm AN at DRI, Red AN & red SmAN at KCC.
On the 1st Friday in November:
Built for the Long Haul: The Fall Edition
Since 2003, we've brought you age-advantaged bulls & bred heifers on the First Friday in November live with an auctioneer. The entire offering is penned on site and sold that same day. With available online videos & bidding options, this is your opportunity to get all your needs met on one day in a reasonable time frame. Heck, you don't even have to come to the sale site! Every year, more customers take advantage of this and shop from home (or wherever they have good cell service), making their purchases online. With our history of delivering cattle that exceed expectations and our site unseen guarantee, this is a great way to save time & money while getting the best seedstock anywhere.