The Southwest Missouri Beef Cattle Improvement Association's bull sale on March 30 left consignors disappointed in the $4,585 average sale price. But that is only because the bull sale in October 2014 ended with 42 bulls selling for an average of $4,952.
There were 41 bulls that sold at the Springfield Livestock Marketing Center in the Spring 2015 sale. The 34 Angus bulls averaged $4,747, 4 Herefords and Polled Hereford came in at $4,450, 2 Charolais averaged $3,100 and the only Shorthorn sold for $2,600.
The top sale of the evening was a Hereford consigned by Bonebrake Herefords, Springfield. The successful bidder at $7,500 was Two Bar D Ranch, Niangua. The $7,500 price tied for the highest in the sale's history dating back to 1973.
"That bull had a very solid 7.3 EPD for calving ease which ranked him in the top 1 percentile of Hereford non-parent bulls," said Eldon Cole, livestock specialist with University of Missouri Extension.
The Angus top price of $6500 was paid by Brackenridge Brothers, Eldorado Springs. The bull was consigned by Truman L. Wiles, Willow Springs.
"This bull had an impressive set of growth and calving ease direct EPDs. The Brackenridges are long-time buyers of bulls through this sale," said Cole.
The top-selling Charolais bull was entered by Aiden Kleinman, Wentworth. He sold to Circle C Enterprises, Doug Carter of Diamond for $3200.
Knust Shorthorns LLC, Marshfield was the only Shorthorn consignor and he brought $2600 on a bid from Bob McCarty, Republic.
According to Cole, buyers at this sale seemed to use expected progeny differences (EPDs) as they made their selection.
"Calving ease still ranks high in their minds with weaning weight values following close behind," said Cole.
To qualify for the sale, bulls must rank in the 50th percentile or better for at least three of the following EPDs: calving ease direct, weaning weight, yearling weight, milk, marbling and ribeye area.
Persons interested in consigning to future tested bull sales may contact sale manager Pam Naylor in Buffalo. They can also check with the nearest University of Missouri Extension livestock specialist: Eldon Cole in Lawrence County, (417) 466-3102; Andy McCorkill in Dallas County at (417) 345-7551; Randy Wiedmeier, in Howell County at (417) 256-2391; or Dr. Patrick Davis in Cedar County at (417) 276-3313.
The next bull sale will be October 26, 2015.
Source: University of Missouri Extension