93 Red House BCIA Bulls Average $2,095
Livestock Update, February 1997
Ike Eller, Animal and Poultry Sciences
The 25th Annual Virginia Beef Cattle Improvement Association sponsored Red House Senior Bull Sale was held Saturday, January 4, 1997 at the Red House Bull Evaluation Center at Red House, Virginia. A very large crowd bid enthusiastically in helping to celebrate the Silver Anniversary event at Red House. Weather was unseasonably warm as 93 bulls grossed $194,850 to average $2,095. Individual breed averages were: 65 Angus, $1,896; 8 Charolais, $1,219; 13 Gelbvieh $3,965; 5 Polled Hereford, $1,440; and 2 Simmentals, $1,525.
The top selling bull set a record for Gelbvieh bulls in Virginia test stations as two-thirds interest and full possession in Lot 610 consigned by Knoll Crest Farm at Red House, Virginia sold at $14,500 to Windy Acres Ranch at Harrison, Nebraska. This outstanding black polled son of KCF Bennett Value B246 who was out of a Polled Express daughter who is a Dam of Merit had excellent performance with a weaning weight of 670 pounds ratio 104, test average daily gain of 5.36 ratio 126, adjusted yearling weight of 1,221 pounds ratio 103. His EPDs were birth weight -2.5, weaning weight +9, maternal milk +5 and yearling weight +18. The second high selling bull in the auction was also a Gelbvieh from Knoll Crest Farm. He was Lot 608, another black polled son of KCF Bennett Value B246. Two-thirds interest and full possession went to Raasch Brothers at Bridgewater, Iowa. The price was $6,000. His EPDs on this outstanding bull were birth weight -1.2, weaning weight +17, maternal milk +8 and yearling weight +24.
The top selling Angus bull was also a Knoll Crest Farm consignment. Two-thirds interest and full possession in Lot 6, a DHD Traveler 6807 son sold at $4,000 to Dave McGraw of Meeker, Colorado. He was the top performing bull on test and had a weaning weight of 610 pounds ratio 104, a test ADG of 5.22 pounds ratio 134, adjusted yearling weight of 1,187 ratio 106 and his EPDs were birth weight +.6, weaning weight +29, maternal milk +18, and yearling weight +58. The second high selling Angus bull was Lot 98, a Paramount Ambush 2172 son consigned by Locust Level Farm at Vernon Hill Virginia, selling at $3,300 to John Hutcherson at Gladys, Virginia. This outstanding performer had a weaning weight of 638 pounds, a test ADG of 4.55 ratio 117, adjusted yearling weight 1,209 ratio 108. His EPDs were birth weight +1.6, weaning weight +30, maternal milk +21 and yearling weight +48. The third high selling Angus had the high station index in the Angus breed and was Lot 68, consigned by C & T Angus at Prospect, Virginia and sold at $3,100 to Kenneth Mount of Dillwyn, Virginia. He had a test ADG of 4.69 ratio 121, a yearling weight of 1,284 ratio 115. His EPDs were birth weight +2.2, weaning weight +21, maternal milk + 18 and yearling weight +42.
The top selling Polled Hereford bull was also the top performer consigned by Knoll Crest Farm. He was Lot 201, a KCF Victor 08N X4 son and brought $2,600 on the bid of George C. Palmer's Riverdale Farm at Charlottesville, Virginia. He had a weaning weight of 609 pounds ratio 109, test ADG of 3.93 ratio 119, adjusted yearling weight 1,107 ratio 107 and had EPDs of birth weight +2.1, weaning weight +36, maternal milk +16 and yearling weight +67.
The top selling Charolais bull was Lot 309 from Morven Farms at Charlottesville, Virginia. This son of VCR Sir Duke 914 and out of a HBR Performer 181 P daughter brought $2,100 on the bid of William Anderson at Alta Vista, Virginia. This bull's EPDs were birth weight -.3, weaning weight +29, maternal milk +17 and yearling weight +36.
The top selling Simmental bull was Lot 401, a black polled son of 3C Full Figures consigned by Hounshell farms at Wytheville, Virginia and purchased at $1,550 by Lanny Crump at Chase City, Virginia.
The 93 bulls which were sold represented the top performing two-thirds of 140 senior age bulls tested in the 25 year old Red House Bull Evaluation Center. All bulls were consigned by members of the Virginia Beef Cattle Improvement Association headquartered in Blacksburg, Virginia. The sale was managed by VA Sale Services, Mike Gothard sale manager, headquartered at Staunton, Virginia and the auctioneer was Mike Jones.