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Consignments for Staunton and Blackstone Bull and Commercial Heifer Sales Due October 1

Livestock Update, September 1997

A. L. Eller, Jr., Extension animal scientist emeritus, Virginia Tech

The consignments of bulls for the Virginia Breeders All Breed Performance Tested Bull and Commercial Bred Heifer Sale scheduled for Staunton, Saturday, December 6, 1997 and the Southside Virginia All Breed Performance Tested Bull and Commercial Bred and Open Heifer Sale scheduled for Friday, November 21, 1997, are due into the Virginia Cattlemen's Association (P O Box 176, Daleville, VA 24083) office October 1, 1997. Members consigning bulls and or heifers must be members of Virginia Beef Cattle Improvement Association which sponsors these sales.

Bulls eligible for the Staunton or Blackstone sales must be consigned by BCIA members in Virginia or in states bordering Virginia. Bulls must have complete performance records either tested on the breeders farm or in a Virginia BCIA central test station. Bulls must be calved between September 1, 1995 and September 30, 1996. Purebred registered bulls of any beef breed with recorded halfblood and higher bulls of breeds with open herdbooks are eligible. Halfbloods must be out of registered cows of the other breed.

Bulls must have a minimum adjusted 365 day weight of 1,000 with a minimum yearling weight ratio of 100. Bulls with a yearling weight ratio of 105 and higher must have a minimum adjusted yearling weight of 950 pounds. Bulls with a yearling weight ratio below 100 must have an adjusted yearling weight of at least 1,025 pounds.

Commercial heifers will be sold along with bulls in both sales. In the Staunton sale, only spring calving bred heifers are eligible. At Blackstone, spring calving bred heifers and open heifers are eligible to be sold. Bred heifers should be calved from September 1, 1995 to April 30, 1996 while open heifers should be calved from March 1, 1996 to October 31, 1996. A minimum of three heifers per consignor and a maximum of 25 heifers may be consigned and sold.

For additional information, rules and regulations and consignment forms, contact sale manager Jim Johnson, VA Cattlemen's Association, P O Box 176, Daleville, VA, 24083, 540/992-1009 or Virginia BCIA, Dept. of Animal & Poultry Sciences, VA Tech, Blacksburg, VA, 24061-0306, 540/231-9163.

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