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2005 Culpeper Junior BCIA Bull Sale & CVCA Bred Heifer Sale Report

Livestock Update, May 2005

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

The 47th Annual Virginia Beef Cattle Improvement Association Culpeper Junior Bull Sale was held Friday, April 1, 2005 at Culpeper Agricultural Enterprises in Culpeper, Virginia. A large crowd and steady bidding resulted in fifty bulls selling for a record average price of $2375. The sale included forty-nine Angus bulls which averaged $2368, and one Simmental bull which sold for $2700. Members of the Central Virginia Cattlemen's Association sold 51 fall-calving Virginia Premium Assured bred heifers immediately following the bulls for an average of $1331 per head.

The top selling bull was Lot 207, a member of the top breeder group consigned by Mt. Yoe/John Archer of Darlington, Maryland which went to Robert Bradford of Barboursville, Virginia for $3400. This February, 2004 son of Millcreek Diversity was the high ADG bull of the test at 5.13, ratio 137, and had an adjusted yearling weight of 1187, ratio 106. His expected progeny difference for weaning weight is +42, and yearling weight +81. Lot 133 consigned by Echo Ridge Farm/C.W. Pratt Family of Atkins, Virginia commanded $3300 from Edd Stevens of Fincastle, Virginia. This son of Bon View New Design 1407 had a 4.55 test ADG and an adjusted yearling weight of 1168 along with EPDs of +1.3 birth weight, +83 for yearling weight, IMF +0.33 and ribeye +0.37. Another son of Bon View New Design 1407, Lot 134, also consigned by Echo Ridge sold to Henry Maxey of Chatham, Virginia for $3200. He posted test ADG and yearling weight ratios of 125 and 113, which were complimented by YW EPD +91, IMF EPD +0.32, and REA EPD +0.32. A pair of SS Objective T510 0T26 sons, Lots 149 and 151, consigned by Quaker Hill Farm of Louisa, VA sold to John Albert of Monroe, VA for $3100 and $3200, respectively. This pair of herd mates were low birth weight, high growth EPD bulls with high IMF and $ Beef Value EPDs. Robert Bradford also purchased the full brother to the high selling bull, Lot 208 from Mt. Yoe, for $3000. Also selling for $3000 was Lot 165, consigned by Diamond A Angus/Amy Sencindiver of Summit Point, WV and going to Janet Gayle Harris of King George, VA. This son of Bon View New Design 208 had a yearling weight of 1240 pounds, to ratio 110 and 3.84 test ADG. The Simmental bull was consigned by Holly Spring Farm/Mark Powers of Boston, VA and sold to Summerfield Farms of Lawrenceville, VA and Rocky Creek Farm in Petersburg, VA for $2700. This moderate frame, black, polled son of Kenco/MF Powerline 204L had a yearling weight of 1219 pounds, YW EPD +71, and REA EPD +0.40.

Heifers consigned by the Central Virginia Cattlemen's Association were sold guaranteed pregnant to calving ease sons of N Bar Prime Time D806, and due to calve in September and October. The high-selling lots of heifers were Angus cross females consigned by Glenmary Farm of Rapidan, Virginia. The top lot brought $1425 per head from Edmund Lewis of Powhatan, Virginia with another lot selling to J.W. Kidd, Jr. of Brodnax, Virginia for $1400 each. Bidding was strong, with range in prices from $1200 to $1425 per head across all lots of heifers. Volume buyer was Spring Run Farm of Ruckersville, Virginia.

All bulls in the test and sale were consigned by members of the Virginia Beef Cattle Improvement Association. Bulls were tested and heifers developed by Tom and Kim Nixon and staff at Glenmary Farm 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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