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Staunton BCIA Bull And Heifer Sale A Success

Livestock Update, January 1998

A.L. Eller, Jr., Extension Animal Scientist Emeritus, Virginia Tech

The 23rd Annual Virginia Beef Cattle Improvement Association sponsored Virginia breeders all breed performance tested bull and bred commercial replacement heifer sale was a successful event. The sale was held on Saturday, December 3, 1997 at Augusta Expoland in Staunton, Virginia.

In the bull sale, 40 bulls sold to average $1726. Included were 36 Angus at $1787, two Charolais at $925, and two Gelbvieh at $1500. In the Spring Calving Commercial Bred heifers, 151 heifers sold to average $717.

In the bull sale, the top three selling bulls were Angus. Topping the sale at $5300 was lot #16, an excellent son of N Bar Emulation EXT consigned by Holly Hill Farm at Mt. Sidney, Virginia and the buyer was Cumber Farm at Keswick, Virginia. This bull had an adjusted yearly weight of 1271 pounds and his EPDs were birth weight +3.9 pounds, weaning weight +39 pounds, yearly weight +72 pounds and maternal milk +22 pounds. The second highest selling bull, lot #15, was also consigned by Holly Hill Farm and was purchased at $5000 by C.W. McNeely of Charlottesville, Virginia. He was a full brother of lot #16 bull. The third highest selling bull in the sale was lot #6 consigned by Randall Updike in Washington, Virginia and sold at $4500 to Whitewood Farm in The Plains, Virginia. Lot #6 was a Bon View Emulation EXT 473 son out of a Pine Drive Big Sky daughter. He had an adjusted yearly weight of 1257 pounds and had EPDs of birth weight +3.2, weaning weight +34, maternal milk +16 and yearly weight +61.

The top selling Gelbvieh bull was lot #42 consigned by Hickory Hill Farm at Blacksburg, Virginia. This black polled son of JBob Carolina Power was purchased at $1600 by Brent Moore of Dunmore, West Virginia. He had a yearly weight of 1238 pounds and EPDs of birth weight +.7, weaning weight +10, yearly weight +14 and maternal milk +3.

The top selling Charolais bull was consigned by Darby Folly Farm at Charlottesville, Virginia. This polled son of DF Mac A419 ET brought $1125.

In the commercial bred replacement heifer sale, prices paid were steady throughout the sale as 151 heifers averaged $717. Top price of the day went to five Angus heifers consigned by Mossy Creek Farm at Mt. Solon, Virginia which were AI bred to GAR Traveler 1489, and all carried bull calves having been ultrasonically sexed. The second highest selling group of heifers were four Angus heifers consigned by Silver Creek Farm in Dayton, Virginia and sold at $875 to David Trail at Flintstone, Maryland. Third highest selling group were 8 Angus-Gelbvieh crossbred heifers consigned by Tucker Family Farms in Amherst, Virginia and sold at $840 to Larry Cupp of Dayton, Virginia.

All bulls and heifers were consigned by members of the Virginia Beef Cattle Improvement Association which sponsored the event. The sale was managed by Jim Johnson of the Virginia Cattlemen Association at Daleville, Virginia and the auctioneer was Dale Stith of Guston, Kentucky.

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