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Virginia BCIA Staunton Bull and Heifer Sale Results

Livestock Update, January 2000

Scott Greiner, Extension Animal Scientist, Beef, Virginia Tech

The 25th Annual Virginia All Breed Performance Tested Bull and Commercial Heifer Sale was held at Augusta Expoland near Staunton, Virginia, on Saturday, December 4, 1999. Fifty-three bulls averaged $1,149, and a strong set of 77 commercial bred heifers commanded a $931 average.

In the bull sale, 43 Angus bulls averaged $1,214, 3 Gelbvieh $1,025, 3 Polled Herefords $908, and 4 Simmental $719. The top selling pair of bulls in the sale were Angus consigned by Skyway Hills in Washington, Virginia. A May 1998 son of Skyway Hills Papa 426 sold for $4,000 and had and adjusted yearling weight of 1,452, test gain of 5.13, and EPDs of birth weight +2.5, weaning weight +25, maternal milk +18, and yearling weight +48. Skyway Hill Mapleton 1418, an April 1998 son of Ideal 1418 of 8103 4286, sold for $3,900. This bull had an adjusted yearling weight of 1,580 pounds and a test gain of 4.00, with EPDs of +3.4, +53, +23, and +93.

C.H. Morris and Sons of Appomattox, Virginia, consigned a homozygous black, polled Gelbvieh bull which sold for $1,500. This bull gained 5.00 on test, had an adjusted yearling weight of 1170, and had EPDs of birth weight -.9, weaning weight +33, milk +18, and yearling weight +58. The top Polled Hereford bull was consigned by Potts Creek Farm of Covington, Virginia, and sold for $1,150. The high selling Simmental bull was consigned by Figgins Simmentals of Broadway, Virginia. This homozygous black, polled son of ER Black Cisco 532C sold for $950.

The commercial bred replacement heifer sale had a strong average of $931. Demand for the bred heifers was strong with two lots commanding $1,100. One of these groups was a lot of five 1/2 Angus x 1/2 Angus heifers bred to Rito 6I6 of 4B20 6807 and consigned by Tucker Family Farms of Amherst, Virginia. Cleremont Farm of Upperville, Virginia, consigned the other top selling lot, a group of four heifers bred to BF Rainman 9118.

The bulls and heifers were all consigned by Virginia Beef Cattle Improvement Association members. Virginia BCIA sponsored the sale. The sale was managed by Jim Johnson of the Virginia Cattlemen's Association in Daleville, and Dale Stith was the auctioneer.

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