Virginia BCIA Red House Bulls Average $1787
Livestock Update, February 1998
Ike Eller, Animal and Poultry Sciences, Virginia Tech
The 26th Annual Virginia Beef Cattle Improvement Association sponsored Red House Senior Bull Sale was held Saturday, January 3rd. A warm sunny day welcomed a capacity crowd as 93 bulls grossed $166,270 to average $1787. The bulls were sold into seven states. Individual breed averages were as follows: 14 Gelbvieh at $2514; 66 Angus at $1732; five Charolais at $1460; five Polled Hereford at $1250; and three Simmental at $1066.
The top selling Angus and Gelbvieh were consigned by Knoll Crest Farm owned by the James Bennett family at Red House, Virginia. The top selling bull of the day was Lot #4, an Angus bull that brought $6750 for two-thirds interest and full possession and was purchased as a partnership by Charles Fariss' Fairheart Farm at Rustburg, Virginia and Waffle Hill Farm owned by Lawrason Sayre and family at Churchville, Maryland. This outstanding son of N Bar Emulation EXT was out of a WH 8704 Rito 8503 RR daughter and had a weaning weight of 744 pounds, ratio 123, test ADG of 4.24 pounds, ratio 128 and yearling weight of 1284 pounds, ratio 116. His EPDs were birth weight 2.6, weaning weight 41, maternal milk 23 and yearling weight 78. The second highest selling Angus bull was Lot #20, a son of BF Rainman 9118 117 consigned by Holly Hill Farm at Mt.Sidney, Virginia and sold at $3500 to Charles and Linda Campbell at Shenandoah, Virginia. He had a weaning weight of 690 pounds, ratio 100, test ADG 3.48, ratio 105, and yearling weight 1321, ratio 119. His EPDs were birth weight 0.1, weaning weight 26, maternal milk 23, and yearling weight 55.
In a strong Gelbvieh sale, the top price was paid for Lot #606 consigned by Knoll Crest Farm at Red House, Virginia. Sold with two-thirds interest and full possession the bull brought $6500 and went to Lewis Gelbvieh Ranch at Edinburg, North Dakota. This excellent red son of KCF Bennett Balance B212 was out of a KCF Bennett Vision A302 daughter and had outstanding performance with a weaning weight of 721 pounds, ratio 116, test ADG of 3.75, ratio 121, and yearling weight of 1189 pounds, ratio 108. His EPDs were birth weight -2.2, weaning weight 22, maternal milk 4, and yearling weight 35. The second highest selling Gelbvieh was Lot #604, a black polled son of DFW Blackjack B538 consigned by Knoll Crest Farm and sold at $5800 to Lazy M Livestock at Meeker, Colorado. His EPDs were birth weight -2.4, weaning weight 16, maternal milk 8, and yearling weight 32.
The top selling Charolais bull was Lot #306, a polled purebred consigned by James T. Clark at Urbanna, Virginia and sold at $1900 to Carter Parr at Roseland, Virginia. He had a weaning weight of 663 pounds, ratio 101, test ADG of 3.39, ratio 115 and had EPDs of birth weight 1.0, weaning weight 26, maternal milk 19, and yearling weight 34. The second highest selling Charolais bull was Lot #307 consigned by James and David Clark at Urbanna, Virginia brought $1600 on the bid of Thomas Conklin at Atkins, Virginia.
The top selling Polled Hereford bull was Lot #204 consigned by Clover Hollow Herefords at Salem, Virginia and sold at $1500 to C. Southall Jones at Rawlings, Virginia. This son of KCF Victor 08N X4 had a weaning weight of 704 pounds, ratio 113, a test ADG of 3.35 pounds, ratio 110, and yearling weight of 1165 pounds, ratio 106. His EPDs were birth weight 1.3, weaning weight 38, maternal milk 14, and yearling weight 65.
The top selling Simmental bull was Lot #402, a HSF Bold B259 black, polled son consigned by Hounshell Farms at Wytheville, Virginia, sold at $1450 to Albert F. Gereg at Red House, Virginia. He had a test average daily gain of 3.44, ratio 116 and yearling weight of 1129 pounds, ratio 109 with EPDs of birth weight 3.8, weaning weight 35, maternal milk 3, and yearling weight 48.
The 93 bulls which sold represented the top performing two-thirds of 137 bulls tested in the senior group at the Red House Bull Evaluation Center at Red House, Virginia. Test and sale was sponsored by the Virginia Beef Cattle Improvement Association headquartered at Blacksburg, Virginia. The sale manager was Mike Gothard, VA Sale Services in Staunton, Virginia and the auctioneer was Mike Jones from Georgia.