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2004 Culpeper Junior BCIA Bull Sale & CVCA Bred Heifer Sale Report

Livestock Update, May 2004

Scott Greiner, Extension Animal Scientist, Beef, VA Tech

The 46th Annual Virginia Beef Cattle Improvement Association Culpeper Junior Bull Sale was held Friday, April 2, 2004 at Culpeper Agricultural Enterprises in Culpeper, Virginia. Fifty-five Angus bulls representing the top sixty percent of the 88 bulls tested sold for a record average price of $2081. The Central Virginia Cattleman's Association sold 47 fall-calving Virginia Premium Assured bred heifers immediately following the bulls. The heifer sale grossed $51,790 to average $1102 per head.

The top selling bull was Lot 194, consigned by DLB Angus of Finksburg, Maryland which went to Mt. Level Farm of Culpeper, Virginia for $4400. This March, 2003 son of Bon View New Design 208 had a test gain of 4.42, ratio 111, and an adjusted yearling weight of 1374, ratio 119. His expected progeny difference for birth weight was +2.1, weaning weight +44, milk +23, and yearling weight +82 along with a REA EPD of +0.29 and 114 ultrasound REA ratio. Lot 125 consigned by Echo Ridge Farm in Atkins, Virginia commanded $3800 from Poplar Ridge Angus of King George, Virginia. This high-marbling son of Bon View New Design 1407 had a 4.11 test ADG and an adjusted yearling weight of 1252 along with EPDs of +1.5 for birth weight, weaning weight +44, milk +27, yearling weight +89, marbling +0.41 and ribeye +0.31. Another son of Bon View New Design 1407, Lot 207, consigned by Barksdale Farm of Rocky Mount, Virginia sold to Kenwood Ltd. of Orange, Virginia for $3150. He demonstrated a test ADG of 4.73, ratio 119, and yearling weight EPD of +90. The high indexing bull of the test, Lot 128, from Echo Ridge sold for $3100 for two-thirds interest and went to Mt. Level Farm. This son of Rito 0014 of 4B24 2000 Plus was the high yearling weight bull of the test at 1416 pounds, ratio 123, and had a test gain of 4.55, ratio 115. Another Echo Ridge consignment, Lot 134, also commanded $3100 for two-thirds interest and sold to Gene Rumsey of Spotsylvania, Virginia. This son of Bon View New Design 878 posted yearling weight and gain ratios of 112 and 111, respectively, and had an ultrasound REA ratio of 121.

Members of the Central Virginia Cattleman's Association sold 47 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 SS Decatur 55H or by natural service to sons of Rito 6I6 of 4B20 6807, and due to calve in September and October. The high-selling lot of heifers was consigned by Glenmary Farm of Rapidan, Virginia and sold to Collis Jenkins of Culpeper, Virginia for $1235. Al Caldwell of Culpeper, Virginia consigned a pair of Angus-cross heifers which sold for $1225 per head, also going to Collis Jenkins.

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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