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2003 Culpeper Junior BCIA Bull Sale & CVCA Bred Heifer Sale Report

Livestock Update, May 2003

Scott Greiner, Extension Animal Scientist, Beef, VA Tech

The 45th Annual Virginia Beef Cattle Improvement Association Culpeper Junior Bull Sale was held Friday, April 4, 2003 at Culpeper Agricultural Enterprises in Culpeper, Virginia. Fifty-three Angus bulls representing the top sixty percent of the 88 bulls tested sold for an average price of $1517. The Central Virginia Cattleman's Association sold 40 fall-calving bred heifers immediately following the bulls. The heifer sale grossed $37,450 to average $936.

The top selling bull was Lot 141, consigned by Soldiers' Hill Angus Farm of Warrenton, Virginia which went to Thomas Tullidge of Tappahannock, Virginia for $3000. This son of Twin Valley Precision E161 had a test gain of 4.24, ratio 116, and an adjusted yearling weight of 1233, ratio 111. His expected progeny difference for birth weight was +3.9, weaning weight +43, milk +25, and yearling weight +84 along with strong ultrasound carcass EPDs and large ribeye scan. Lot 156 consigned by Vance Farm in Keyser, WV commanded $2900 from Wilson Cattle Company of Catlett, Virginia. This high-marbling son of Bon View New Design 878 had a 4.50 test ADG and an adjusted yearling weight of 1216 along with EPDs of +2.8 for birth weight, weaning weight +43, milk +29, and yearling weight +83. Lot 187, consigned by Green Acres Angus Farm of Rocky Mount, Virginia sold to Gene Rumsey of Spotsylvania, Virginia for $2400. This high-performing son of LLF Gilreath Trendsetter had a test ADG of 4.20, ratio 114, and adjusted yearling weight of 1254, ratio 113. Another Vance Farms bull, Lot 160 brought $2350 and sold to Charles Armentrout of Circleville, WV. This BT Ultravox 297E son was the high yearling weight EPD bull in the sale at +91.

Members of the Central Virginia Cattleman's Association sold 40 fall-calving bred heifers immediately following the bulls. All of the heifers were distinguished as Virginia Premium Assured Heifers. All heifers were sold guaranteed pregnant by AI to Rito 6I6 of 4B20 6807, or confirmed to natural service by sons of Rito 6I6. The high-selling lot of heifers was consigned by Millwood Farm of Orange, Virginia and sold to James Wright in Carrsville, Virginia for $1010 per head. J.B. Terrill of Gaithersburg, Maryland sold a pair of Angus-cross heifers to G. Curtis Marshall of King George, Virginia for $975 each.

All bulls in the test and sale were consigned by members of the Virginia Beef Cattle Improvement Association. Bulls were tested and heifers developed at Glenmary Farm, Tom and Kim Nixon, near Rapidan, Virginia. The sale was managed by Virginia BCIA and the Virginia Cattlemen's Association, and the auctioneer was Dale Stith.

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