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2008 Culpeper Senior BCIA Bull Sale Results

Livestock Update, January 2009

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

The Virginia Beef Cattle Improvement Association hosted the 51st Annual Culpeper Senior Bull Sale on Saturday, December 13, 2008 at Culpeper Agricultural Enterprises near Culpeper, Virginia. Fifty-one fall-born bulls representing the top end of the 92 bulls tested sold for an average price of $2,061. The sale included 47 Angus bulls which averaged $2,038, 3 Gelbvieh Balancer bulls at $2,667 and 1 Hereford bull at $1,300.

The top selling bull went to Edgeworth Farm of Gordonsville, Virginia for $3500. Lot 5 is a September 2007 son of Mytty In Focus and was bred by Soldiers’ Hill Angus Farm of Warrenton, Virginia. He had a test YW of 1322, ratio 109, and test ADG ratio 107 along with +10 CE EPD, +91 YW EPD, IMF ratio 112, and REA ratio of 119.

The high-indexing bull of the test was Lot 89, consigned by Echo Ridge Farm of Atkins, Virginia, and sold to John Haile of Tappahannock for $3300. This performance son of Rito 477 Of 061 Rito 6I6 had test YW and ADG ratios of 115 and 130 respectively, and EPDs of +8 CE, +96 YW, and $B +48. Another Echo Ridge bull, Lot 74, son of GAR Future Direction 7884, sold for $3200 to O.L. Boothe of Princeton, WV. This bull had a CE EPD +8, YW EPD +106, and YW ratio of 111 with an ADG ratio of 116.

The breeder group award was presented to Edgewood Angus of Williamsburg, Virginia. Lot 30 led the Edgewood consignment, selling to Craig Miller of Harrisonburg, Virginia for $3100. This son of C R A Bextor 872 5205 608 had test yearling weight ratio of 111, along with EPDs of +1.6 BW, +97 YW, +0.37 MB, +0.29 RE, and +52 $B. Lot 32, also from Edgewood Angus, sold for $3000 to Thomas Fulcher of Amherst, VA. This high marbling son of GAR Predestined had a MB EPD of +0.46 and a ratio of 127. Another member of the Edgewood Angus consignment, Lot 34, son of Rito 1I2 Of 2536 Rito 6I6 sold for $3000 to John Hostetler of Linville, VA. This high-growth bull had the highest WW and YW EPDs of the sale at +69 and +117, with ratios of 114 and 122 for test YW and ADG.

Hickory Hill Farm of Blacksburg, Virginia consigned the Gelbvieh Balancer bulls. Lot 603, a homozygous black, polled son of KCF Bennett Total sold for $3400 to Palo Alto Farms of Mineral, Virginia. This bull had a test ADG of 3.97, YW EPD +81 and marbling EPD +0.06. Another member of the Hickory Hill consignment, Lot 602, commanded $3200 from Hoot Owl Hollow Farm of Amelia, Virginia and Richard Goode of Moseley, Virginia. This son of TC Gridiron 258, posted the highest test YW among all bulls tested at 1448 pounds, and had a test ADG 4.20, as well as YW EPD +108.

Lot 50, consigned by CSF Cattle Company from Raphine, VA sold to John H. Boldridge of Mineral, Virginia for $3000. This bull is a son of Sitz Alliance 6595 and had a ADG of 4.87 with a ratio of 123.

Another high selling bull was lot 73. This bull was consigned by Little Windy Hill Farms from Max Meadows, Virginia and sold for $3000 to Vaughan Cattle Company of Amelia, VA. This bull had a Test YW and ADG ratio of 105 and 120, and was sired by TC Freedom 104.

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, owned by Tom and Kim Nixon of 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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