Decathlete's First Calf Sells for $11,200!

HCC MH First Oneis a 9/22/97 heifer calf sired by WNH CHR MCA Decathlete out of HCC Canadian Pearl. Canadian Pearl was the Grand Champion heifer at four major shows and the Senior Champion at the 73rd National. Information on Decathlete can be found under Herd Bulls With Semen For Sale . First One was bred by Hill Cattle Co. of Philomath, Oregon. First One was exhibited by Weimer Cattle Co., and will be in the Weimer Cattle Co. show string in this year

First One sold at the Oregon Polled Hereford Ass. 33rd Annual Sale and Show. First One is believed to be the first Decathlete calf to be born and certainly the first to sell at public auction. First One followed in the winning ways of her sire and dam. As a 6 1/2 month old calf, First One was selected by Judge Ken Grebes as the Reserve Grand Champion of the Show.

Bidding on First One was furious. She wound up selling for $11,200 (more than triple the value of the next highest selling animal) to a partnership of Hansen's Polled Hereford Ranch owned by Martin and Mary Hansen, Kingsgate Ranch owned by Dr. Gerrie Leslie, and Allison Polled Herefords owned by Mike and Carol Allison, and Tom Hill and Family.

Glowing reports on Decathlete calves have been coming in from all over the nation. His calves are unique in their power, style and eye appeal. They hit the ground with vigor, get up quickly and nurse in less than 30 minutes, and keep right on going. They are showing excellent markings, lots of extension, explosive growth, heavy muscling and unusually thick toplines.

"First One" continued her winning ways at the Oregon and California State Fairs, where she was named Calf Champion and Reserve Grand Champion. Decathlete also sired the first place Get of Sire at the Oregon State Fair

At Reno "First One" reached another "first" by being named Grand Champion Heifer at the 1998 Nugget National.  Another Decathlete calf, a February 1998 heifer calf bred and owned by Mike and Carol Allison, was named Reserve Grand Champion at Reno.  It is quite remarkable when a bull who has no progeny other than calves can produce both the Grand and Reserve Grand Champion Females at a National Show. Judges normally do not go to calves for Champions unless they are significantly better than the older division champions.

Subject: Decathlete
Date: Fri, 15 May 1998 17:35:14 -0000
From: "Peg Zilverberg" <>
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Dear Sirs:
I am Don Zilverberg of Bar JZ Polled Herefords at Holabird, S.D.  Last year I bought a package of fifty units of semen and fifteen certificates on the bulls Decathlete, Fortress, and 5F.  I have nine calves by Decathlete.  They all have pigment on at least one eye and birth weight was 83 pounds average with one bull weighing one-hundred and one pounds.  I used 5F on heifers with no calving problems on ten calves.  I had only a few calves by Fortress with no problems.

I would like to use a picture of Decathlete in an ad in the SD Hereford Directory .  The deadline for submitting ad copy is Saturday May 16.  I would like a picture of Decathlete to use in the ad if that is possible.  If you could respond to me as soon as possible and let me know if you can do this I would appreciate it and I will give you the address of where to send the picture.  The picture(s) of him in the flyer you sent out last spring would be great.

Don Zilverberg

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