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2003 Culpeper Senior BCIA Bull Sale Results

Livestock Update, January 2004

Scott Greiner, Extension Animal Scientist, Beef, VA Tech

The 46th Annual Virginia Beef Cattle Improvement Association Culpeper Senior Bull Sale was held Saturday, December 13, 2003 at Culpeper Agricultural Enterprises in Culpeper, Virginia. Seventy-two bulls representing the top sixty percent of the 130 bulls tested sold for an average price of $2125. Breed averages were as follows: 66 Angus at $2123, 3 Hereford at $2067, 2 Gelbvieh at $1800, and 1 Simmental for $3100.

A pair of Angus bulls sired by Bon View New Design 878 consigned by Echo Ridge Farm of Atkins, Virginia paced the sale. Two-thirds interest and full possession of Lot 9 sold to North Point Farm of Waynesboro, Virginia for $4000. The bull had a test gain of 4.33, ratio 116, and an adjusted yearling weight of 1378, ratio 120 and was the high station index Angus bull of the test. His expected progeny difference for birth weight was +2.7, weaning weight +43, milk +35, and yearling weight +83. Lot 6 commanded $3500 for full possession and two-thirds interest from Kenwood Ltd. Partnership in Orange, Virginia. This September bull posted EPDs of +1.4 BW, +31 Milk, +81 YW, +0.14 IMF, +0.53 REA, and +0.26 %RP along with a test ADG of 4.33 and adjusted yearling weight of 1303. Another Echo Ridge consignment, Lot 3, sold for $3300 to Bernard Farms in Milton, North Carolina. This Bon View New Design 1407 son posted EPDs of +2.0 for birth weight, weaning weight +41, milk +31, and yearling weight +79; along with a ADG and an adjusted yearling weight ratios of 109. A son of Rito 6I6 of 4B20 6807, Lot 55, consigned by Edgewood Farm of Williamsburg, Virginia, sold to Mountian View Farm of Barboursville, Virginia for $3200. This bull had a test ADG of 4.51, ratio 121, and yearling weight of 1304, ratio 114, along with a BW EPD of +1.1 and YW EPD of +76. Lot 19 from Soldier's Hill Angus Farm in Warrenton, Virginia also sold for $3200 and went to Cool Spring Farm in Spotsylvania, Virginia. This Twin Valley Precision E161 son was the high REA EPD Angus bull at +0.54. His full brother, Lot 16, sold for $3100 to Alan Graybeal of Blacksburg, Virginia.

The Simmental bull was consigned by Reasor Simmentals of Rural Retreat, Virginia and sold to Rock Hill Farm of Saxe, Virginia for $3100. This homozygous black, polled son of GW Lucky Break 047G had EPDs of +9 calving ease, +0.7 birth weight, +39 weaning weight, +7 milk, and +67 yearling weight.

The Hereford bulls were consigned by Quaker Hill Farm of Louisa, Virginia and were all three sons of RRH Mr. Felt 3008. Lot 203 was the high selling Hereford, commanding $2400 from Adventure Farms in Dyke, Virginia. The high indexing Hereford, Lot 204, posted an ADG of 3.88 and adjusted yearling weight of 1175 with EPDs of +3.3 CE, +2.6 BW, +25 Milk, +78 YW, +0.13 IMF. He sold to Lovers Lane Farms in Moorefield, West Virginia for $2000.

Treble W Ranch of Abingdon, Virginia consigned the Gelbvieh bulls. Lot 604, a homozygous black, polled son of JBOB Black Muscle 3532K went to John Black in Charlottesville, Virginia for $1900.

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. The sale was managed by Virginia BCIA and the Virginia Cattlemen's Association, and the auctioneer was Mike Jones.

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