Culpeper Senior BCIA Bull Sale Averages $1814
Livestock Update, January 1998
A.L. Eller, Jr., Extension Animal Scientist Emeritus, Virginia Tech
A beautiful sunny day and an excellent set of bulls were on hand for a capacity crowd at the 40th Annual Virginia Beef Cattle Improvement Association Culpeper Senior Bull Sale. The sale was held Saturday, December 13, 1997 at the Culpeper Agricultural Enterprises at Culpeper, Virginia. The 82 bulls sold represented the top two-thirds of the 125 bulls tested in the senior group at Tom Nixon's Glenmary Farm at Rapidan.
Prices on this year's sale were up considerably over last year as 82 bulls grossed $148,800 to average $1814. Breed averages were 73 Angus at $1788, 6 Simmentals at $2242 and 3 Polled Herefords at $1600.
The top price of the day was paid for a Simmental bull. Lot 408, a black polled son of BDV Black Lazer 61D consigned by B & B Simmental at Speedwell, Virginia. Three quarter interest and full possession was purchased at $6200 by William M. Cooper of Wytheville, Virginia. This outstanding bull had an adjusted weaning weight of 817 pounds, test average daily gain of 3.75 pounds, ratio 117 and an adjusted yearling weight of 1306 pounds, ratio 115. His yearling weight EPD was +56 pounds. In the Polled Herefords, two bulls sold for $2000 each. Lot 201 consigned by Fauquier Farm in Broad Run, Virginia sold to Debra Hesson of Culpeper, Virginia. This son of VPI Formulator D424 at an adjusted weaning weight of 631 pounds, ratio 132, a test average daily gain of 3.39 pounds, ratio 106, and a yearling weight of 1112 pounds, ratio 108. EPDs were birth weight +4.0, weaning weight +38, maternal milk +13, and yearling weight +65. Lot 204 a Feltons Monarch 650 son consigned by Rolling Hills Farm in Winchester, Virginia sold to Carter Parr of Roseland, Virginia. His EPDs were birth weight +3.7, weaning weight +35, maternal milk +14 and yearling weight +51.
In a very strong Angus sale, the top selling bull of Lot 7, an N Bar Emulation EXT son consigned by Soldiers' Hill Angus Farm in Warrenton, Virginia sold at $4500 to Thomas M. Fulcher at Amherst, Virginia. He had an adjusted weaning weight of 727 pounds, ratio 114, test average daily gain of 3.62 pounds, ratio 107, and an adjusted yearling weight 1207 pounds, ratio 108. His EPDs were birth weight +1.7, weaning weight 37, maternal milk +18, and yearling weight +66. The second highest selling bull and the first bull in the ring was Lot 33 a Rito 9FB3 of 5H11 Fullback son consigned by Brandy Rock Farm, Inc. in Brandy Station, Virginia and sold at $4100 to Arthur Bartenslager and Terry Boggess of Lewisburg, West Virginia. He had an adjusted weaning weight of 682, ratio 102, test average daily gain of 4.29 pounds, ratio 126, and yearling weight 1252 pounds, ratio 113. His EPDs were birth weight +2.8, weaning weight +36, maternal milk +19 and yearling weight +64. The top performing breeder group of bulls were Lots 67, 68 and 69 consigned by Holly Hill Farms in Mt. Sidney, Virginia and sold for $3100, $2800, and $2700.
All bulls in the senior test and sale were consigned by members of the Virginia Beef Cattle Improvement Association. The sale was managed by Mike Gothard of VA Sale Services in Staunton, Virginia and the auctioneer was Mike Jones from Georgia.