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Demand grows for Angus calves

Calf prices have been up and down, but the Angus advantage keeps growing, even while supplies of Angus calves increased as a share of all cattle. That's according to nine years of data in the Pfizer Animal Health-supported analysis of Superior Livestock video auction sales.

Most of the calves sold on the video include data on breed type, which has always had an effect on sale price. Starting in this decade, data analysis began to break out and quantify those variables.

From 2000 through 2008, data on more than 3.3 million head in 27,472 lots show an upward trend line in the relative added value of calves that are primarily Angus, the top-value category each year.

Strict guidelines classified cattle based on seller description into one of five categories: mixed English or English crosses, English-Continental crosses, primarily Angus, black or black-whitefaced, and cattle with "ear."

Mostly black English calves with less than a 90 percent share of black individuals only qualified as English/English crosses. Lots of black or black-whitefaces calves had to be at least 90 percent black hided, and primarily Angus calves had to be described as at least 90 percent Angus by the seller. Brangus calves that were 90 percent or more black were not included in the analyses.

Using that Brahman-influence "eared" category as a base, the study showed a range of premiums for all other types of calves from 2000 to 2008. "Last year, the Angus bonus reached its highest on record, at $7.64 per hundredweight (cwt.)," notes Mark McCully, Certified Angus Beef LLC assistant vice president for supply. The spread has ranged from a low of $4.60 in 2001.

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