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Wytheville BCIA Bull Sale Averages $1768

Livestock Update, May 1999

Scott Greiner, Extension Animal Scientist, Beef/Sheep, Animal and Poultry Sciences, Virginia Tech

The 20th Annual Southwest Virginia Performance Tested Bull Sale sponsored by Virginia Beef Cattle Improvement Association was held Saturday, March 27 at Wytheville. One hundred thirty seven bulls representing the top two-thirds of the 200 bulls tested sold for an average price of $1768. Breed averages were as follows: 94 Angus averaged $1857, 29 Simmental averaged $1638, 7 Gelbvieh at $1429, 5 Charolais at $1390, and 2 Polled Hereford averaged $1600. The 40 Senior (fall-born) bulls averaged $1935, and the 97 Junior (spring-born) bulls sold for an average price of $1699.

The top selling lot was an Angus bull, consigned by Cedar Run Angus, in Broadway, Va. This son of Bar Ext Traveler 205 sold to Select Sires of Plain City, Ohio, for $6500. He had a test gain of 4.07, ratio 118, and an adjusted yearling weight of 1116. His expected progeny difference for birth weight was +.6, weaning weight +40, milk +20, and yearling weight +72. Burberry Farm of Staunton, Va., consigned two full brothers sired by Sitz Traveler 043 which sold to Donald D. Baker Livestock Company of Galax, Va., for $5100 each. The bulls had test gains of 4.64 and 4.24, and adjusted yearling weights of 1163 and 1220. Angus Lot 142, consigned by Harold D. Hawkins of Chilhowie, Va., sold for $5000 to Golden Meadow Farm in Princeton, W.V. This bull had an adjusted yearling weight of 1379, ratio 118, and test gain of 3.96, ratio 115.

Belvue Farm of Wytheville, Va., consigned the top selling Simmental bull- a homozygous black, polled son of Nichols Blk Destiny D12 which sold to Carpenter Farms and Bear Creek Farms of Alabama for $3900. The bull had EPDs of +2 birth weight, +31 weaning weight, +9 milk, and +46 yearling weight.

C. Dale Shiflett purchased the top Gelbvieh bull at $1950, consigned by Little Windy Hill Farms of Max Meadows, Va. This black, polled bull was sired by DCSF Post Rock Black Savvy and had a yearling weight of 1148, ratio 105.

The top selling Charolais bull was consigned by FBG II Farms of Abingdon, Va., and sold to Kenneth Roberts of Landenberg, Pa., for $2150. The bull gained 4.02 on test to ratio 118 and had a weaning ratio of 117. He was sired by FBG II Vince.

Both Polled Hereford bulls were consigned by Clover Hollow Herefords of Salem, Va. The high selling lot was sired by CHH Director X4 75E and sold to William Plummer of Grassy Creek, N.C.

All bulls in the test and sale were consigned by members of the Virginia Beef Cattle Improvement Association. Bulls were tested at the Wytheville bull test station owned by Eric D. Umberger. Sale manager was Mike Gothard, Virginia Sale Services in Staunton and the auctioneer was Mike Jones.

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