The 81st Southwest Missouri Cattle Improvement Association saw a strong demand March 25 for the 37 bulls that sold. The overall average was $3,085 up $6 per head from the November 2012 average.
As has been the trend, bulls with a combination of outstanding expected progeny differences (EPDs) and an attractive, sound appearance sparked the most interest. Four bulls sold for $5,000 or more.
The 26 Angus bulls made a strong showing with a $3,421 average. They were topped at $5,300 by a bull consigned by Truman L. Wiles, Willow Springs who combined outstanding calving ease, weaning weight and yearling weight EPDs, along with impressive $Beef values. The successful bidder was Brackenridge Brothers, Eldorado Springs, a consistent repeat buyer.
Other Angus bulls topping the $5,000 mark were consigned by Clearwater Farm, James Pipkin, Springfield and Naylor's Angus, Buffalo had two.
One Polled Hereford bull sold for $3,300. The seller was a young 4-H member, Aiden Kleinman, Wentworth. The buyer was Tom Studer, Reeds Spring.
Two Charolais bulls averaged $2,250. Wright Charolais, Mona Wright, Mt. Vernon consigned them. The top bull brought $2,400 and sold to Jason Choate, Carthage.
The Simmental portion of the sale was represented by 7 head that combined purebreds and some SimAngus composites. They averaged $2,221 with a top of $2,750 on a consignment from S-4 Farms, Mike and Connie Stewart, Marshfield. The ¾ Angus ¼ Simmental was bought by Kiney Stegner, Rogersville.
One LimFlex bull brought $1800. The buyer was Steven Dodson, Walnut Grove and Brent Boyce, Marshfield was the consignor.
The sale is a cooperative effort between the Southwest Missouri BCIA and University of Missouri Extension. For details on participating, contact your nearest Extension Livestock Specialist or sale manager, Pam Naylor, Buffalo. Their next sale will be October 28 at the Springfield Livestock Marketing Center.
Source: University of Missouri Extension