Another record was set on Oct. 27 at the Southwest Missouri Beef Cattle Improvement Association's All-Breed Tested Bull Sale. The $4951 average price on 42 bulls surpassed the previous high of $4389 set at the spring sale in March.
"As they say, 'records are made to be broken,' and with cattle prices at record highs it's not a surprise the bulls sold so well," said Eldon Cole, livestock specialist with University of Missouri Extension.
The top price of $8000 was also a new record top, beating the previous high of $6800. The consignor was Blue Mound Angus, Halfway. The Syd Gen Liberty GA son was purchased by Kathy Wagoner also from Halfway.
A first-time consignor to the sale, Shaverside Farm, Mtn. Grove entered two ET siblings that attracted much attention. One sold for $7500 and the other brought $7250. Their sire was Connealy Capitalist 028, an Angus.
There were three Polled Herefords in the sale all from Bonebrake Herefords, Springfield. Their top price was $4000 on a bid from Schnelle Farms, Golden City, a longtime buyer at the association's sales.
Thirty-nine Angus bulls averaged $5076 with a range from $3250 to $8000. The three Polled Herefords ranged from $3000 to $4000 with a $3333 average.
"The buyers obviously had done their homework on the written data which included expected progeny differences (EPDs). They came prepared to bid and auctioneer, Jerry Lehmann moved the 42 bulls in 54 minutes," said Cole.
Prior to beginning the sale, the auctioneer asked how many in the audience were there for the first time. Cole says fewer than 10 persons raised their hands.
The SW MO BCIA began the sale in 1973 in an attempt to create a market for performance tested bulls. Many changes have taken place since then as the average price has moved from $898 then to this year's $4951. The average yearling weight was 1021 then and was 1288 pounds this sale. A major change has been the adoption of EPDs in lieu of using adjusted weights and visual evaluation to rank the bulls.
This fall's sale still required a minimum 365 day weight of 1100 lbs. But it also required that to be eligible to sell a bull must have an EPD percentile rank above breed averages for 3 of these 5 traits, calving ease, weaning weight, yearling weight, milk and intramuscular fat.
Seedstock producers who wish to learn more about the sale should contact their University of Missouri Extension livestock specialist or get in touch with association sale manager, Pam Naylor, Buffalo.
For more information, contact any of the MU Extension livestock specialists in southwest Missouri: Eldon Cole in Mt. Vernon, (417) 466-3102, Andy McCorkill in Dallas County at (417) 345-7551, Dr. Patrick Davis in Cedar County at (417) 276-3313 or Logan Wallace in Howell County at (417) 256-2391.
Source: University of Missouri Extension