Virginia BCIA Blackstone Bull And Heifer Sale Results
Livestock Update, January 1998
A.L. Eller, Jr., Extension Animal Scientist Emeritus, Virginia Tech
The 13th Annual Southside Performance Tested Bull Sale and Bred and Open Commercial Heifer Sale was held at the Southside Livestock Market at Blackstone on Friday, November 21, 1997. The sale was sponsored by the Virginia Beef Cattle Improvement Association and all consignors were BCIA members. Twenty seven bulls averaged $1698. Fifty seven commercial spring calving bred heifers averaged $554 and eighteen open commercial replacement heifers averaged $428.
In a strong bull sale the top selling bull was Lot #1, an Angus bull consigned by Shelton Angus Farms at Gretna, Virginia and sold at $3500 to John T. Jenkins at Burkeville, Virginia. This excellent son of N Bar Emulation EXT had an adjusted yearling weight of 1507 pounds. Had EPDs of birth weight +1.3, weaning weight +36, yearling weight +75 and maternal milk +18. Shelton also consigned the second high selling bull in the sale, Lot #4, which sold for $2500 to Louis Sink at Chatham, Virginia. This Angus bull was a son of Westwind Rito 8503 DJH 019 and had an adjusted yearling weight of 1366 pounds, ratio 104 and EPDs of birth weight +0.8, weaning weight +32, yearling weight +65 and maternal milk +17. The third high selling bull was Lot #7 another N Bar Emulation EXT son consigned by Holly Hill Farm which went at $2350 to James Hamner Jr. of Mannboro, Virginia. His EPDs were birth weight +3.9, weaning weight +39, yearling weight +72 and maternal milk +22. The twenty four Angus bulls averaged $1690.
Three Simmental bulls averaged $1767. Two of the bulls each brought $2000. Lot #28 consigned by William Jackson at Amelia, Virginia sold to Meade Harrison at McKinny, Virginia. He is a son of Circle S Leachman 600U and had EPDs of birth weight +1, weaning weight +22, yearling weight +38 and maternal milk +8. The other $2000 bull was consigned by J & S Cattle Services at Spring Grove, Virginia and was purchased by Elzie L. Cochran of Jetersville, Virginia. He was a son of Black Polled Dakota with EPDs of birth weight +6, weaning weight +37, yearling weight +60 and maternal milk +10.
An excellent set of fifty seven bred heifers sold for modest prices due to the lack of winter feed applies in the Southside Virginia area. The top price was paid for a group of Angus-Hereford crossbred heifers from May Meadows Farm in Harrisonburg bringing $580 each on the bid of C.D. Showalter at Lexington, Virginia. Four other groups of heifers brought $570 as follows: four Simmental-Angus crossbred heifers from Manor Farm in Washington, Virginia sold to C.D. Showalter; a group of May Meadows Farm Angus-Hereford crossbred heifers sold to C.D. Showalter; a group of five Angus-Gelbvieh crossbreeds from Tucker Family Farm at Amherst sold to Neil Jones at Rawlings; another group of four Angus-Gelbvieh crossbreeds from Tucker Family Farm sold to E.A. Brackett at Powhattan, Virginia.
The sale was managed by the Virginia Cattlemen's Association, Jim Johnson, Sale Manager, and the auctioneer was Dale Stith of Guston, Kentucky.