2007 Culpeper Junior BCIA Bull Sale & CVCA Bred Heifer Sale Report
Livestock Update, May 2007
Dr. Scott Greiner Extension Animal Scientist, Beef, VA Tech
The 49th Annual Virginia Beef Cattle Improvement Association Culpeper Junior Bull Sale was held Friday, April 6, 2007 at Culpeper Agricultural Enterprises in Culpeper, Virginia. A total of fifty Angus bulls sold for an average price of $1963. Members of the Central Virginia Cattleman’s Association sold 52 fall-calving Virginia Premium Assured bred heifers immediately following the bulls for an average of $1338 per head.
The top selling bull was Lot 186, consigned by Quaker Hill Farm of Louisa, Virginia which sold to BHB Cattle Company of Clinton, Missouri at $6400 for half semen interest and full possession. This February 2006 son of SS Objective T510 0T26 had EPDs of +11 CED, +0.3 BW, +11 YW, +0.51 IMF, +0.30 REA, and +52 $B along with test YW and ADG ratios of 112 and 123, respectively. The high indexing bull, Lot 166 bred by Huntland Farms of Middleburg, Virginia sold for $3500 to Riverview Farms Cattle of Louisa, Virginia. This son of Hyline Right Time 338 posted a 1310 pound yearling weight, ratio 112, and test ADG of 5.27, ratio 136. His expected progeny difference for YW was +89, and milk +31. DLB Angus of Finksburg, Maryland consigned Lot 181, which went to Herbie Oakes of Spotsylvania, Virginia for $3000. Sired by WCC Precision E161 J239, this bull had a 4.29 test ADG and an adjusted yearling weight of 1247 along with EPDs of +8 calving ease direct and +93 yearling weight. The Breeder Group Award was presented to Echo Ridge Farm of Atkins, Virginia. Their lead bull, Lot 214, sold to Rumsey Family Farm of Craigsville, Virginia for $2900. This son of GAR Retail Product had test YW and ADG ratios of 113 and 131, along with a YW EPD +101 and REA EPD +0.40. Soldiers’ Hill Angus Farm of Warrenton, Virginia consigned Lot 150, a son of WAR Alliance 9126 6006 which sold to Tommy Utz of Madison, Virginia for $2900. He posted test EPDs of +0.9 BW and +106 YW, along with an ultrasound IMF ratio of 150. Quaker Hill also consigned Lot 190 which sold to C. Oliver Iselin of Middleburg, Virginia for $2800. This calving ease son of Mytty In Focus had EPDs of +11 CED, -0.6 BW, +94 YW, and +0.54 REA.
The strong female sale consisted of commercial crossbred heifers consigned by producer members of the Central Virginia Cattleman’s Association. Heifers were bred to calve in September and October to AI service sire LCC Dillon G689L, or to calving ease sons of N Bar Prime Time D806 by natural service. Heifers were sold in lots of 2-4 head each, and prices ranged from $1250 to $1400 per heifer. Volume buyer was Brain McGuire from Rustburg, Virginia. All females met the qualifications for the Virginia Premium Assured Heifer Program.All bulls in the test and sale were consigned by members of the Virginia Beef Cattle Improvement Association. Bulls were tested and heifers developed by Tom and Kim Nixon and staff at Glenmary Farm near Rapidan, Virginia. The sale was managed by Virginia BCIA and the Virginia Cattlemen’s Association, and the auctioneer was Dale Stith.