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Virginia BCIA Update

Livestock Update, November 2001

Scott Greiner, Extension Animal Scientist, Beef, VA Tech

Culpeper Senior Bull Sale
The 44th Annual Culpeper Senior Bull Sale will be held Saturday, December 8, 2001 at noon at Culpeper Agricultural Enterprises just outside Culpeper, VA. Scheduled to sell will be approximately 65 head of Angus and Gelbvieh bulls. The bulls are currently being evaluated on a 119-day gain test at Glenmary Farm near Rapidan, VA. At the conclusion of the test, all bulls will be evaluated for reproductive soundness. Bulls will sell with complete performance information; including test information, EPDs, and ultrasound measurements for carcass traits. All bulls selling will meet the genetic qualifications to sire Virginia Quality Assured purple tag feeder cattle. All consignors to the test and sale are members of the Virginia Beef Cattle Improvement Association. For more information or a sale catalog, contact the Virginia BCIA office at (540)231-9163.

Wytheville Senior and Junior Bull Tests & Sale
66 Senior bulls (36 Angus, 16 Simmental, 10 Charolais, 3 Gelbvieh, 1 Red Angus) and 160 Junior bulls (98 Angus, 32 Simmental, 18 Charolais, 9 Gelbvieh, 2 Red Angus, 1 Limousin) were delivered to the Southwest Bull Test Station on October 2, 2001. These bulls were weighed and vaccinated for IBR, PI3, BVD, BRSV, 7-way Clostridial, Haemophilus Somnus, were dewormed and given a magnet. Senior bulls were allocated to two pens, and junior bulls to four pens based on breed and age. After a two-week adjustment period, bulls will be weighed on test. They will be weighed and measured for frame size according to the following schedule:

  Senior Junior
On Test Oct. 15 & 16 Oct. 15 & 16
56-day Weight Dec. 11 Dec. 11
84-day Weight Jan. 8 Jan. 8
112-day Weight --- Feb. 5
Off Test Feb. 4 & 5 Feb. 25 & 26

Senior bulls will be subjected to a 112-day gain test, and junior bulls to a 133-day test. At the completion of the test, bulls will be evaluated for reproductive and structural soundness. Ultrasound evaluation of carcass traits will be conducted at or near the end of the test. Eligible bulls will be sold on March 23, 2002.

Fall 2001 Virginia BCIA All-Breed Performance Tested Bull and Commercial Replacement Heifer Sales
Dates for this year's Virginia BCIA All-Breed Performance Tested Bull and Commercial Replacement Heifer Sales are set for November 16 at Blackstone and December 1 at Staunton. All bulls selling through these sales meet the minimum breed EPD requirements to sire Virginia Quality Assured purple tag feeder calves. Additionally, all heifers sold through these two sales will be Virginia Premium Assured heifers. For a sale catalog or more information, please contact VA Sale Service, Sale Manager, phone (540) 337-3001; or the VA BCIA office, phone (540) 231-9163.

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