One of the cowboys’ favorites at the ranch for his look, ease of flesh and his docility. His sons are making great curve bending sires for our commercial customers while his first set of daughters are our best uddered two year olds. The phenotypic quality he transmits is an extra bonus to the numerical figures he puts together with every economically relevant trait in the top 25% of the breed. His mother by Hoover Dam who produced Complete as her first calf just produced a $25,000 sale highlight this spring at Woodhill and recently sold for $22,000 to Riverbend Ranches in Idaho.
WAR Cavalry B063 Z044 was the lead off lot in Wagonhammer’s 2015 Total Performance Sale. This Connealy Cavalry son out of a great CC&7 female had the Top WW & WW EPD, 2nd Top ADG, and Top YW & YW EPD in the entire Wagonhammer lineup. He is currently in the top 1% of the breed for $B, $F, $C and YW. His first daughter offered at auction brought $95,000 with 4 daughters averaging over $30,000 the same day. He tragically was struck by lightning this past summer and semen is limited.
We have a great group of people dedicated to raising TOTAL PERFORMANCE Cattle. They average 14 years of service. Their combination of experience and talent is why we say TOTAL PERFORMANCE is not a slogan at Wagonhammer, it’s a PROGRAM.
X020 is the mother of WAR Bullet Proof C357 who is doing a great job for Wagonhammer and Mill Bar Angus as well as the 2017 top selling bull, WAR Generation D243 X020 to J & J Angus in Iowa. With two daughters in the herd and two top sellers, it was time to get this girl into the donor pen. Look for a lot more progeny from this powerhouse Final Answer daughter in the years to come!
The most prolific donor on the ranch, this Pioneer daughter doesn’t miss. Her first calf was WAR Pay Grade Z018 who was featured in both the ABS and ST Genetics line-ups and her sons have been sale highlights ever since. She has more daughters in the herd than any other cow and 3 daughters recently took the champion banner at the inaugural pen of 3 bred heifers at the Wheeler County Fair.
The mother of our young herdsire, Warwagon, owned with Swanson Cattle Co and Glover Cattle Co that topped our 2018 sale. This Safeguard daughter is as picture perfect as you can make one. We put in over 20 eggs out of her this spring and couldn’t be more excited.
One of the most influential cows in the Charolais breed. Her son WR Travel Agent is in stud at Select Sires and her grandson WR Foreman is in stud at ST Genetics. Her influence will be felt for years to come with the set of Affinity calves we have on the ground.
A maternal sibling to Y601 and the 2018 Composite Charolais Champion in Denver. This Ledger daughter is freaky necked and chested which she passes on to her daughters. She’s had 6 calves and all of them heifers, and all have been retained in the herd.
One of our most productive Upgrade daughters. Her natural born sons have averaged $7500. She makes powerful scale crushing sons and we are looking forward to her progeny by TEF Outside to hit the ground
Powerful Mytty In Focus cow that is a female producer. She has the most natural daughters, granddaughters, and great granddaughters retained in the herd outside of the donors which moved her into the donor pen.
Top seller in the 2016 Sale to Mill Bar Angus, Hayes Center, NE. A KM Broken Bow son out of a top Final Answer Daughter with 4 calves at 105. We think he is the best prospect we’ve ever raised and we’re using him hard in our herd. We can’t find a hole in him, he’s Bullet Proof
Semen available $25/straw, $30/certificate.
The top selling bull of the 2018 Total Performance Production Sale to Swanson Cattle Company and Glover Cattle Company, Warwagon looks like he’s going to make a mark across three breeds. This highly fertile 1682 son put up 1,600 units of semen in about 3 weeks at stud and has continued as a breeding bull in the pasture (picture taken at Swanson Cattle breeding pasture). Both his Safeguard dam and Rocky granddam are beautiful moderate framed females that are highly fertile and consistently early calving. His combination of a 10 CED to 120 YW, a top 20% $B and exceptional phenotype make him a bull that fits a lot of industry needs and one we are excited to have calves out of.
This Black Granite son out of an Active Duty back to the X212 donor cow has been a stud since we weaned him. A top performance bull, he proved his true value as a breeding bull in the pasture. We use multi-sire pastures and Obsidian had 3 times as many calves as any other bull he bred with. Libido is hard to measure but it pays dividends when you find it. His bull calves on test are outstanding and his daughters will be front pasture cows. They’ll both highlight our 2020 Total Performance Production Sale.
A highlight of the Slagle Angus sale, this Arsenal son has been working on heifers for us for 2 years and has done a great job making soft easy fleshing cattle with more hip and top than his sire. He’s had to be more up to the cows this fall as he’s matured into a phenotypic standout. Stop by the ranch and check him out. His sons will be highlights in the fall division.
Jay Wolf is a 3rd generation cattleman from Albion, NE. Jay and his family own Wagonhammer Cattle Co. which celebrated its 100th year in 2010. Jay is a University of Nebraska Lincoln graduate. After spending four years as a banker in Denver, he returned home in 1984 to manage the family business. Jay is a Past President of the Nebraska Cattlemen, has served on the board of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and the Cattlemen’s Beef Board. In 2016 Jay was inducted into the Nebraska Cattlemen Hall of Fame. He is a member of Ag Builders of Nebraska and the Nebraska Hall of Agricultural Achievement. Jay is active in supporting the University of Nebraska and was the 2008 Block and Bridle Club Honoree. He is also active in local community organizations. Jay and his wife, Susie, have been married for over 36 years and have 3 children. Mitchell is an occupational therapist in the San Diego area, Alex manages a grain purchasing group for the Scoular Company in Omaha, and Hilary is veterinarian in a small animal clinic in Omaha. Hilary married Ryan Opdahl in 2017. Ryan is a chemical engineer and a great addition to our family. Hilary and Ryan welcomed their first child, Willa Taylor Opdahl, on 8/11/2020.
Coming to Wagonhammer as one of the highlights of the 2017 Knoll Crest Farms sale, this son of 1682 is out of a full sister to the Select Sires featured K C F Bennett Fortress. His full brother sold for $70,000 to Kolberstein’s in Colorado. Stockade impresses with the product that he puts into a sound package. He combines elite growth with moderate birth weight and calving ease figures that we look to improve as his first calf crop gets to weaning time. These will be highlights of next year’s sale. Owned with ADR Cattle Company, Fincastle, VA and Knoll Crest Farms, Red House, VA
When we saw the first calf crop out of this maternal brother to our foundation herd sire Upgrade, we knew that we needed to add this Cash son to our program. His calving ease and docility are second to none while his sons are making great commercial heifer bulls and his daughters will be front pasture cows. Owned with Moore Angus, Artesian, SD.
Added to the program as an elite curve bending sire, this son of the now deceased Plattemere Weigh Up has excelled in that role. We calved 150 commercial heifers bred to him this spring with zero issue. They come small with vigor and grow. The heifer calves out of him will make outstanding replacements. Owned with ADR Cattle Company, Fincastle, VA and Knoll Crest Farms, Red House, VA
Joe is Director of Genetics and Sales for our Angus and Charolais programs. He grew up on a diversified livestock operation in central Virginia comprised mainly of registered Angus seedstock along with commercial cattle, quarter horses, sheep and goats. Joe also spent much of his youth heavily involved in the family livestock market as well as 4-H, FFA and the National Junior Angus Association. He received his B.S. in Animal Science from Virginia Tech where he was on the livestock judging team and worked on the college research farm. Prior to joining Wagonhammer, Joe worked for the North American Limousin Foundation for seven years, first as the Director of Commercial Marketing before becoming the Assistant Executive Director. He has served on the board of the Beef Improvement Federation and the International Limousin Council. He enjoys judging cattle, fitting calves, and golf. Give Joe a call to set up a ranch visit or just talk cattle. (303) 884-3900
Steve is the Ranch Manager and lives near Bartlett on the Wagonhammer South Ranch. He grew up in Burwell and spent 15 years at the historic King Ranch in south Texas before joining Wagonhammer in 2002. Steve’s experience and expertise were critical assets during the historic drought of 2012/2013. Thanks to Steve and his crew, we were able to maintain our herd and the health of our range. Steve and his wife Yanci have two children. Daughter Justine and husband Andrew Smith have four children. Son Chantz and wife Shelby have one. Steve raises quarter horses and you can view them here.
Selected as a highlight of the 2019 sale at Krebs Ranch after being the anchor bull of their Fall Yearling Division Champion pen of bulls, Outlier has done nothing but impress. He possesses an outcross pedigree with TEF Outside and HF Stimulator in a calving ease and highly docile package. His first calves are impressive and will highlight our fall open house and the 2021 Total Performance Production sale.
Upgrade is an outstanding Sitz Upward son with a strong pedigree & EPDs for calving ease, growth and maternal. He has tremendous volume with exceptional soundness and he definitely has the Herd Bull Look. Here is a photo of Upgrade’s Dam. We are very excited to own this outstanding Herd Bull with Baldridge Bros. Upgrade sons have been sale toppers at every Wagonhammer Production Sale. Stop in and look at his calves and you’ll know why. Semen Available from the owners.
To view Upgrade’s Performance Pedigree, click on the link below. When the Angus Assoc. website appears, click on SEARCH and the pedigree will appear. Performance Pedigree Link
Donnie’s career at Wagonhammer began in 1982. He lives at the West Ranch with his wife, Peg. Donnie looks after several hundred commercial cows and has a high standard of care for both the cattle and the range. Donnie has two sons & a daughter. Chelsey and her husband Dave and their two children live in Big Springs, NE. Chris lives in Lincoln. Trevor ranches around Whitney, NE and is engaged. Peg has four sons, Marcus & Jen and their three children are living in CA. Dannis & Jennifer have three children and reside in AZ. Dallas & Shelly and their two daughters are also living in AZ. Dustin & Jessica have two daughters and make their home in FL. Donnie & Peg enjoy their 13 Grandchildren, They all have helped on the Ranch, or are willing to, as time and travel permits.
Wagonhammer has a fancy set of home raised Commercial Bred Heifers for sale. They are Angus and Angus X due to start March 1st AI’d to Connealy Answer 8748, KCF Bennett Architect, and Lucky 7 Copyright and cleaned up with Wagonhammer calving ease Angus bulls for 45 days. Some of these heifers can be registered. Contact Joe at 303-884-3900 for more details.
Selling September 29th at Burwell Livestock Market Video Auction
35-40 Cow/calf pairs from the heart of the Wagonhammer fall herd with buyer’s choice on head count. Cows will be Angus, Angus Cross and Charolais cross with calves at side by Wagonhammer Angus and Charolais bulls. Cows will range in age from 3-9 and calves will be a minimum 30 days old.
All calves will have Ultrachoice 7, Inforce 3 and BVD. Bull calves will be knife cut. Cows will get Preg guard 10 and be wormed with Dectomax. Delivery: October 15-31 at ranch 15 miles west of Elgin, NE.
Video is of the fall calving cows that this group will come out of.
For more information call Joe Epperly at 303-884-3900 or Jay Wolf at 402-920-2853.
Click here to view on Burwell Livestock’s website.
Justin is the foreman on our East Ranch where we run the registered herd, the fall herd, and put up the majority of hay for our operation. He and his family joined us in early 2016. Justin and his wife Sarah are busy people. Triplet boys will do that to you: Kaiden, Everett, and Tehl. For good measure, they have a daugher too, Aubrey.
Steve and his wife Ashley joined Wagonhammer in 2016. They have a couple of growing boys, Ty and Garrett. Steve works with the registered cattle on the East Ranch. Steve and Ashley grew up in NW Missouri. Steve enjoys roping and hunting.
Al looks after the South Ranch Registered Charolais herd. Al and wife Kathy have been with Wagonhammer since 1997 and have raised their family on the South Ranch. Daughter Randi is married to Keith Brown and they have 2 children. Daughter Cara lives in Bartlett and is the Clerk for Wheeler County. Son Monte lives in Wheeler County and trains horses. Son Kent (Goober) lives in Sutherland and is married to Danielle and they are expecting their first child. The Sniders love rodeo and Kathy is an accomplished photographer.