Fed cattle, feeder calves and most replacement females are reaching lofty price averages nationwide. As a result, it should come as no surprise that the 82nd Southwest Missouri Beef Cattle Improvement Association's bull sale followed the trend with an impressive $3,393 average on 34 bulls.
The sale was held Oct. 28 at the Springfield Livestock Marketing Center.
The sale included 32 Angus bulls that averaged $3,430. The two Polled Hereford bulls averaged $2,800.
Valley View Farms, Lynn McElhany of Republic consigned the sale topper at $5,100. The bull sold to Rob Kates, Rosamound, IL. The four Valley View Angus bulls averaged $3,850.
Truman L. Wiles, Willow Springs also had an impressive group of five bulls that averaged $3,850.
Bonebrake Farms, Springfield entered the two Polled Herefords. Their top price was $3,400 on a bid from Mark Cobb, Miller.
The ages on the bulls ranged in age from 21 to 13 months. The requirements for the sale include an 1100 pound, 365 day weight, a frame score of 5 and the bulls must have at least two of five EPD traits placing them in the 50 percentile or better. Those five traits are: calving ease direct, weaning weight, yearling weight, milk and intramuscular fat.
The bulls must all pass a breeding soundness exam. Non-virgin bulls are examined for trichononiasis.
Persons interested in consigning bulls for the association's next sale in late March may contact sale manager, Pam Naylor, Buffalo 417-343-8330 or contact your nearest University of Missouri Extension livestock specialist. Information is also available at the Southwest Missouri Beef Cattle Improvement Association website.
Source: MU Extension