Culpeper Senior BCIA Bull Sale Results
Livestock Update, January 2000
Scott Greiner, Extension Animal Scientist, Beef, Virginia Tech
The 42nd Annual Virginia Beef Cattle Improvement Association Culpeper Senior Bull Sale was held Saturday, December 11, 1999, at Culpeper Agricultural Enterprises in Culpeper, Virginia. Seventy-five bulls representing the top sixty percent of the 128 bulls tested sold for an average price of $1,411. Breed averages were as follows: 66 Angus at $1,445, 6 Polled Hereford at $1,008, 2 Gelbvieh at $1,475, and 1 Charolais at $1,500.
The top selling lot was an Angus, consigned by Echo Ridge Farm in Atkins, Virginia. This son of GAR 6807 Traveler 4144 sold to Eldon Farms in Woodville, Virginia, for $3,500. He had a test gain of 4.82, ratio 119, and an adjusted yearling weight of 1,290, ratio 109. His expected progeny difference for birth weight was +1.3, weaning weight +43, milk +17, and yearling weight +82. Another son of GAR 6807 Traveler 4144 consigned by Echo Ridge sold to Sam Rodgers in Ronceverte, West Virginia, for $3,300. This bull also had a test gain of 4.82, ratio 119, and an adjusted yearling weight of 1,274, ratio 107. His EPDs were +2.5 for birth weight, weaning weight +38, milk +21, and yearling weight +70. Also selling for $3,300 was a Sitz Traveler 8180 son consigned by Cedar Run Angus, Broadway, Virginia, and purchased by James Eggborn of Rixeyville, Virginia. He gained 4.78, ratio 118, and had an adjusted yearling weight of 1,278, ratio 108. The high yearling weight bull in the sale, 1,408 pounds, was consigned by Lazy Lane Farms of Upperville, Virginia and sold to Kenwood Ltd. Partnership of Orange, Virginia. This bull was sired by RR 9440 Scotchcap 1483 and had an adjusted weaning weight of 849.
C.H. Morris and Sons of Appomattox, Virginia, consigned the pair of Gelbvieh bulls which were both polled, black sons of TRID Black Laser. The top lot commanded $1,550 from Gary McDonald of Stephens City, Virginia. This bull gained 4.42 on test, had an adjusted yearling weight of 1202, and had EPDs of calving ease 104, birth weight +1.1, weaning weight +37, milk +20, and yearling weight +64. The Charolais bull was a polled son of Rivercroft Q99 consigned by Grandview Farm in Amherst, Virginia, and sold to Sam Myers at Monroe, Virginia, for $1,500. His test average daily gain was 4.11, adjusted yearling weight 1,327, and EPDs of birth weight +1.8, weaning weight +9.6, milk +9.9, and yearling weight +16.3.
The top selling Polled Hereford bull was consigned by Rolling Hills Farm of Winchester, Virginia, and sold for $1,850 to T. Kent Loving of Columbia, Virginia. He had a test gain of 3.30 and an adjusted yearling weight of 1,012. This calving ease son of Feltons 727 had EPDs of +.2 birth weight, weaning weight +31, milk +21, and yearling weight +56.
All bulls in the test and sale were consigned by members of the Virginia Beef Cattle Improvement Association. Bulls were tested at the Culpeper bull test station operated by Glenmary Farm, Tom and Kim Nixon, at Rapidan, Virginia. Sale manager was Mike Gothard, Virginia Sale Services in Staunton and the auctioneer was Mike Jones.