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Virginia Premium Assured Heifer Sales Set New Record

Livestock Update, May 2005

John B. Hall, Extension Animal Scientist, Beef, Virginia Tech

Buyers from five different states purchased over 500 Virginia Premium Assured (VAPAH) Bred Heifers and 150 Open Heifers at special sales and private treaty purchases. Overall 449 VAPAH bred heifers sold at special sales averaged $1369.00 (Table 1). Price range of individual lots of heifers was $1080 to $1800. Average on VAPAH bred heifers purchased private treaty was approximately $1300.

Table 1. Fall Calving Bred Heifer Sales - Spring 2005

Sale/Group Number of Head Average Price
G&E VA Premium Assured Heifer Sale 71 $1,369.00
Buckingham Cattlemen's Association 108 $1,345.00
Central VA Cattlemen's Association 51 $1,331.00
Amelia Area Cattlemen LLC 112 $1,483.00
VA Beef Expo Commercial Heifer Sale 90 $1,296.00
Winchester Elite Female Sale 17 $1,271.00
 449 $1,369.00

Ninety-one VAPAH open heifers sold at special sale averaged $ 973.54. Information on private treaty sales is still coming in.

Virginia Premium Assured Heifers are elite replacement heifers that have been screened for physical defects, proper structure, reproductive soundness, and genetic merit. Bred heifers are bred to calving ease bulls and their pelvic areas are measured to reduce dystocia. For more information about developing VAPAH bred or open heifers contact you County Extension Animal Science Agent or Dr. John B. Hall at or 540-231-9153. For more information on VAPAH sales contact Dr. Hall or see the VAPAH web site at

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