Virginia BCIA Culpeper Senior Bulls Average $1,280
Livestock Update, January 1997
Ike Eller, Animal and Poultry Sciences
The 39th Annual Virginia Beef Cattle Improvement Association Culpeper senior bull sale was held Saturday, December 14. A modest crowd was on hand on a cool, breezy day as 71 bulls grossed $90,950 to average $1,280. Individual breed averages were 64 Angus, $1,329; 5 Polled Hereford, $865; 1 Charolais, $1,025; and 1 Gelbvieh, $525. The bulls selling represented the top 60% of the 117 senior bulls tested at Glenmary Farm at Rapidan, Virginia.
The high selling bull in the sale was an Angus, Lot 66, consigned by Holly Hill Farm at Mt. Sidney, Virginia, and purchased by Harper K. Phillips at Waynesboro, Virginia. Full possession and two-thirds interest in this outstanding son of Minerts Fortune 2000 brought $3,200. Both his performance record and EPDs were impressive. He had an adjusted weaning weight of 745 pounds, ratio 100, test ADG of 4.73 pounds, ratio 134 and an adjusted yearling weight of 1,419 pounds, ratio 129. He had EPDs of birth weight 4.2, weaning weight 40, maternal milk 16 and yearling weight 69. The second high selling bull was also an Angus. He was Lot 60, consigned by Charles W. Wampler & Sons at Harrisonburg, Virginia, and sold at $3,100 to Luther Covington at Amelia, Virginia. This son of GDAR SVF Chief was also a top performer with an adjusted weaning weight of 677 pounds, ratio 109, test ADG of 3.79 ratio 107, and a yearling weight of 1,204, ratio 110. His EPDs were birth weight 2.7, weaning weight 26, maternal milk 17 and yearling weight 44. The third high selling bull was also a Wampler bull, Lot 61, another GDAR SVF Chief son selling at $2,600 to Tom Nixon at Rapidan, Virginia. His EPDs were birth weight 1.5, weaning weight 27, maternal milk 17 and yearling weight 45.
The top selling Polled Hereford bull was Lot 210, a son of RHF IGT Victor 103T, consigned by Don Richardsons Dunrovin Farm at Crozet, Virginia. He sold at $1,225 to Rokeby Farm at Upperville, Virginia. His test ADG was 3.79, ratio 127. His EPDs were birth weight 3.4, weaning weight 26, maternal milk 21 and yearling weight 40.
The single Charolais bull was Lot 301, consigned by James and David Clark at Urbanna, Virginia, and sold at $1,025 to Edward F. Wright at Seaford, Delaware. He was a solid son of HEP King Grazer 25A. His EPDs were birth weight 1.7, weaning weight 24, maternal milk 17 and yearling weight 36.
All bulls tested and sold were consigned by members of the Virginia Beef Cattle Improvement Association headquartered at Blacksburg, Virginia. The sale manager for the 39th annual sale was Virginia Sale Services, Mike Gothard sale manager at Staunton, Virginia, and the auctioneer was Tom Gammon from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.