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BCIA Culpeper Senior Bulls Sell December 13

Livestock Update, December 2008

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

The 51st Annual Sale of the Virginia BCIA Culpeper Senior bulls will be held Saturday, December 13, 2008 at 12:00 noon at the Culpeper Agricultural Enterprises located on Route 29 just south of Culpeper, Virginia.

The sale will include 58 fall-born yearling Angus, Gelbvieh Balancer, and Hereford bulls representing the top end of the 95 bulls developed.  Only bulls which meet stringent BCIA criteria will sell.  BCIA has made some significant changes to the program which have been brought about through feedback from commercial bull buyers.  Highlights include complete breeding soundness exams (including semen evaluation), volume buyer discounts, and an enhanced soundness and fertility guarantee on all bulls selling.

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, and offered as guaranteed breeders.  Complete performance information will be available on all bulls, including growth, maternal, and carcass EPDs, detailed test performance information, and ultrasound data.

The following is a summary of the performance of the 58 sale-qualifying bulls:


54 Angus

3 Gelbvieh Balancer

1 Hereford

WW Ratio




Test ADG




Test Adj. YW




Frame Score




Calving Ease EPD

(top 34%)

(top 10%)

(top 45%)

Yearling Wt. EPD

(top 24%)

(top 24%)

(top 2%)

Milk EPD

(top 16%)

(top 45%)

(top 5%)

Marbling EPD

(top 40%)

(top 55%)

(top 15%)


(top  40%)

(top 45%)

(top 35%)

$Beef Value EPD

(top 35%)



$Weaned Calf
Value EPD

(top 20%)



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.


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