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BCIA Culpeper Senior Bulls Sell December 13th

Livestock Update, December 2003

Scott P. Greiner, Extension Animal Scientist, Beef, VA Tech

The 46th annual sale of the Virginia BCIA Culpeper Senior bulls will be held Saturday, December 13, 2003 at 12:00 noon at the Culpeper Agriculture Enterprises located on Route 29 just south of Culpeper.

The sale will include 73 fall-born yearling bulls representing the top sixty percent of the 130 bulls on test. Selling will be 67 Angus, 2 Gelbvieh, 3 Hereford, and 1 Simmental bulls. Only bulls which meet stringent BCIA criteria will sell. The majority of the bulls selling are sired by trait-leading, highly proven AI bulls of each breed. All bulls selling meet minimum genetic requirements (EPDs) to sire calves for the VQA Purple Tag Feeder Calf Program. Bulls have been screened for reproductive and structural soundness.

The bulls recorded a solid ADG of 3.69 pounds per day over the course of the 112-day test, with an average adjusted yearling weight of 1147 pounds across all breeds. Complete performance information will be available on all bulls, including: growth, maternal, and carcass EPDs, detailed test performance information, and ultrasound data.

Beef producers and others who are interested are invited to visit Glenmary Farm to view the bulls. Glenmary Farm is located at Rapidan, VA and operated by Tom and Kim Nixon.

For catalogs and detailed information on the bulls visit the website, or phone VA BCIA at 540-231-9163 or Glenmary Farm at 540-672-7396.

2003-04 Culpeper Junior Bull Test & Sale
A total of 89 Junior bulls (all Angus) were delivered to Glenmary Farm on November 4, 2003. The bulls were weighed and vaccinated for IBR, BVD, BRSV, PI3, and pasteurella haemolytica (Pyramid 4 + Presponse SQ, and TSV-2), along with 7-way clostridial and haemophilus somnus (Vision 7 Somnus), and were dewormed (Dectomax). 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 & Custom
On Test November 17 & 18
56-day Weight January 13, 2004
84-day Weight February 10
Off Test March 8 & 9

At the completion of the 112-day test, bulls will be evaluated for reproductive and structural soundness. Ultrasonic evaluation of carcass traits will be conducted during the test. Bulls that are eligible will be sold on April 2, 2004. For additional information, including progress reports on the bulls, visit or call the Virginia BCIA office at 540-231-9163.

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