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2002 Wytheville BCIA Bull Sale Report

Livestock Update, May 2002

Scott Greiner, Extension Animal Scientist, Beef, VA Tech

The 23rd Annual Southwest Virginia Performance Tested Bull Sale sponsored by Virginia Beef Cattle Improvement Association was held Saturday, March 23 at Wytheville. One hundred forty eight bulls representing the top two-thirds of the bulls evaluated sold for an average price of $1585. Breed averages were as follows: 87 Angus averaged $1645, 30 Simmental averaged $1623, 19 Charolais at $1321, 9 Gelbvieh at $1644, and 3 Red Angus sold for $950. The 42 fall-born Senior bulls averaged $1805, and the 106 spring-born Junior bulls sold for an average price of $1498.

The top selling bull was a Gelbvieh, Lot 610, consigned by Little Windy Hill Farms of Max Meadows, VA. This homozygous black, February, 2000 son of JBOB Carolina Classic 1388G sold to Donald Medley of Sugar Grove, VA for $5100. He had a test gain of 3.53, ratio 110, and an adjusted yearling weight of 1181, ratio 108. His EPD for calving ease was 110, birth weight -0.6, weaning weight +34, milk +18, and yearling weight +66.

The Simmental sale was paced by Lot 409- a homozygous black, polled son of Black Irish Kansas consigned by Reasor Simmentals of Rural Retreat, VA. This October, 2000 Senior bull sold to Morlunda Farms of Lewisburg, WV for $4000. The bull had EPDs of +9 calving ease, +0 birth weight, +35 weaning weight, +4 milk, and +64 yearling weight along with a 1250 pound adjusted yearling weight and test gain of 4.24. Reasor Simmentals also consigned the high-indexing Senior Simmental bull, Lot 408, which also sold to Morlunda Farms for $2900. This bull was an October, 2000 son of Black Mick and posted a. test gain of 5.36, ratio 140, and adjusted yearling weight of 1439, ratio 117.

Green Acres Angus Farm of Rocky Mount, VA consigned the top-selling Angus bull, Lot 141, a January, 2001 son of Connealy Freightliner which sold to Huckleberry Beef of Floyd, VA for $3100. This bull had a test gain of 3.72, an adjusted yearling weight of 11266, and EPDs for birth weight of +1.1, weaning weight +37, milk +21, and yearling weight +75. The high-indexing Senior Angus bull, Lot 20, consigned by Eric Eversole of Blacksburg, VA sold for $2800 to Doug Jones of Blacksburg, VA for $2800. This son of Krugerrand of Donamere 490 had a test gain of 4.29, ratio 116, and an adjusted yearling weight of 122, ratio 109. Lot 102, consigned by Freddie Mullins of Clintwood, VA also sold for $2800 and went to Janet Gayle Harris of King George, VA. This calving-ease son of Connealy Dateling had EPDs of birth weight +0.8, weaning weight +40, milk +19, and yearling weight +76, along with ratios of 109 for yearling weight and 106 for test gain. Green Acres Angus Farm sold Lot 26 to Malcom Booth of Pulaski, VA. This November, 2000 son of Connealy Freightliner brought $2600.

The top selling Charolais bull, Lot 322, was consigned by Virginia Tech and sold to Tommy Jack Shoun of Mountain City, TN for $2900. This February son of WCR Prime Cut 764 had EPDs of 1.6 birth weight, +29 weaning weight, +27 milk, and +58 yearling weight along with a 4.10 test gain, ratio 129, and adjusted yearling weight of 1219.

Dennis Gambill of Sparta, NC purchased the Senior Red Angus bull, Lot 701, consigned by KC Farms of Ferrum, VA for $1250.

All bulls in the test and sale were consigned by members of the Virginia Beef Cattle Improvement Association. Bulls were developed at the Southwest Bull Test Station owned and operated by Eric D. Umberger. Sale manager was VA Sale Services in Staunton, VA and the auctioneer was Mike Jones.

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