Staunton BCIA Bulls Sell for $1592 and Heifers $800
Livestock Update, February 1999
Scott Greiner, Extension Animal Scientist, Beef, Animal and Poultry Sciences, Virginia Tech
The 24th Annual Virginia All Breed Performance Tested Bull and Commercial Heifer Sale was held at Augusta Expoland near Staunton, Virginia, on Saturday, December 5, 1998. Fifty bulls grossed $79,605 to average $1592. A strong set of 100 commercial bred heifers grossed $80,000 for an $800 average.
In the bull sale, 46 Angus bulls averaged $1608, 2 Polled Herefords $1663, 1 Simmental $1350, and 1 Charolais sold for $975. Top selling bull in the sale was an Angus consigned by Skyway Hills in Washington, Virginia and sold to Charles Bowie in Oak Grove, Virginia, for $4200. This August, 1997 son of Ideal 1418 of 8103 4286 had and adjusted yearling weight of 1480, test gain of 5.08, and EPDs of birth weight +3.5, weaning weight +46, maternal milk +24, and yearling weight +80. Skyway Hills in partnership with Mark Seitz also had the second high selling Angus bull which went to Scott Winslow of Stanardsville, Virginia, for $3900. This bull had an adjusted yearling weight of 1423 pounds and was sired by Rito 9FB3 of 5H11 Fullback. Another son of Ideal 1418 of 8103 4286 consigned by Barksdale Farm of Rocky Mount, Virginia, sold for $3700 to Adventure Farm at Dyke, Virginia.
A Polled Hereford consignment from Lafayette Farm of Orange, Virginia, sold for $1800 to Smallwood Farm in Crozet, Virginia. This bull was a son of TMR Headline Maker H310.
Morven Farms of Charlottesville, Virginia consigned both the Simmental and Charolais bulls. The polled Charolais bull was a son of SCR Sir Super 9200 and sold to Stephen and Gerald Ranning of Bland, Virginia. The black, polled Simmental bull was sired by Trio Black Bear 6D and sold for $1350.
The commercial bred replacement heifer sale had a strong average of $800 with a range of $720 to $885. The top four selling lots of heifers were all consigned by Cleremont Farm of Upperville, Virginia. Dennis Brown of The Plains, Virginia, bought groups for $885 and $870, and Ronald Butler of Ivor, Virginia, purchased another Cleremont Farm consignment also for $860. All of these heifers were bred to BF Rainman 9118.
The bulls and heifers were all consigned by Virginia Beef Cattle Improvement Association members. Virginia BCIA sponsored the sale. The sale was managed by Jim Johnson of the Virginia Cattlemen's Association in Daleville, and Dale Stith was the auctioneer.