Sweetgrass Buffalo Live Calf Online Auction

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March 2019
08:00 AM MST
March 2019
05:00 PM MST

About Sweetgrass Buffalo Co.

Powerful Genetics for performance on grass!

Foundation Herd 25% Woods and 75% Plains Bison for a better conformation.

Herd Source is Gold Trophy Show and Sales, Gold Spike Show and Sale, and Antelope Island State Park.

Sweetgrass Buffalo Companies herd was started with a purchase of 10 bison calves from John McIlhatten a Bozeman veterinarian and breeder that spent 36 years breeding a herd of 40 mother cows with different bulls to create a superior bison for conformation, weight gain, and temperament. He passed away in 2007 with his herd being sold to processors, leaving our original 10 bison being the only genetics coming out of his 36 years of work.

Taking his line, we added to the genetics through the purchase of 11 breed heifers from the Gold Trophy Show and Sales, 12 breed heifers from the Gold Spike Sale and 9 heifer calves and 4 bull calves from Antelope Island State Park to create our foundation herd. This combination paid off when we took two yearling and two 2-year-old bulls to the Gold Trophy Show and won 3rd, 4th, and 5th with grass fed only bison against heavily grained animals.

All our animals are grass fed only which is grown on our ranch. They are treated for parasites three times a year and fed throughout the snow months. Other than this they are left to roam our ranch. If you are looking for animals that will pay off with grass or grain, starting with powerful genetics is the best first step.

Please call for a chat,

Chris and Taunia Kittler,

406-599-3586 or 406-579-8368

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About Our Auction

The offering is an internet only auction. The auction will open at 8:00 a.m. MST on Monday, March 4th and close on March 7th at 5 p.m. MST

You can place a bid on an individual animal or the groups by increasing the bid on each calve.

Calves were weaned the first week of January 2019.

All calves and yearlings are on a Crude Protein 16% cake at will feeding, as well as Sweetbuffalo Ranch’s own grown and harvested grass.

Additional testing for transport can be done at buyer’s risk and expense. Seller will guarantee a healthy animal on the buyer’s trailer.


All calves have passed a health and soundness exam and have tested negative for BVD PI. All bull calves are guaranteed virgin bulls. Heifer calves are OCV (Official Calfhood Vaccinates) for Brucellosis. All calves and yearlings have had Bac Vac 7 and Vira Shield 6 vaccinations and a BVD test. They were treated with a topical dewormer of Ivermectin. They are all guaranteed of sound good health at sale time and their paperwork will be available. These calves are located in the state of Montana and the health papers will be reflected as such. All calves both male and female will be ready for shipping immediately following the close of bidding. Sweetgrass Buffalo Ranch will hold any calf free of charge for 20 days following the close of bidding. After that time, yardage fees of $5/head/day will apply. All calves become the responsibility of the highest bidder when the bidding closes.

Bids will be accepted for 3 days, beginning March 4th, 2019 and ending March 7th, 2019. Bids must equal or exceed the minimum amounts shown. Bids are on individual animal basis and adjustments are in increments of $100 (one hundred) dollars. Successful bidders at the close of auction on March 7th will be required to remit full payment by 5:00 p.m. MST Thursday, March 14th. Successful bidders will be notified after the auction on Friday the 8th, 2019.


The minimum required bid on each individual heifer calf is: - $1400.00

The minimum required bid on each individual bull calf is: - $1600.00

Bidding will close at 5:00 p.m. MST on Thursday, March 7th, 2019. Bidding will remain open for each lot in $100 increments until no additional bidding occurs in an increment. The ranch will award each calf to the highest bidder exceeding minimum bid rates until all animals have been awarded.


The calves may be inspected in person at the Sweetgrass Buffalo Ranch 2217 Hwy 191 North. Melville, Montana. 59055, any time starting Feb 25th, 2019 thru March 4th, 2019 . We’d appreciate having potential buyers call and set up an appointment, so we can be sure to answer all your questions.


The offering is an internet only auction with possible extended ending times. The auction is scheduled to close at 5:00 p.m. MST on Thursday March 7th, 2019. All calves will remain open as long as there is active bidding. You may also place your maximum bid price and the system will bid for you up to your maximum bid but no higher.


Full payment is required by 5:00 p.m. MST on Thursday, March 8th in cash, certified funds, bank wire transfer or check with prior approval of the ranch. Payment may also be made by Visa or Mastercard. Credit card payments will have a 4% premium added to the total amount due. Payment arrangements may be made by calling our accounting office at 406-585-7443. Ask to speak with Traci.


If you have questions prior to or during the sale, please call the Sweetgrass Buffalo Ranch (office) 406-579-83689 (cell/text) and speak with Chris Kittler or Taunia Kittler. We look forward to providing you with outstanding performance calve as an addition to your herd.


Sweetgrass Buffalo Ranch is located at 2117 Hwy 191 North Melville, Montana 59055. Melville is located North of Big Timber, MT on MT Hwy 191. Big Timber is approx. 60 miles east of Bozeman, and 80 miles West of Billings along Interstate 90. The ranch can be found using GPS


Chris and Taunia Kittler (406) 579-8386