ICA bull sale attracts buyers focused on cow-calf herds
Several commercial cattlemen selected their new herd sires at the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association bull sale held in Dunlap on March 22. The sale included Angus, Simmental, Charolais, Hereford and Sim-Angus bulls that had been assessed through the ICA Bull Evaluation Program, and met the criteria established by ICA members on the Performance Evaluation Committee.
The top seller for the Dunlap sale was an Angus bull, a son of ‘Oneills Bando Boy.’ This Lot 108 bull was a consignment from Larry Bridgewater of Walker. He drew attention not only for his average daily gain of 4.71 pounds per day, but for his phenotype. This top bull was the selection of Bill Ketelsen of Anthon. Ketelsen, who is a repeat buyer of ICA-tested bulls, purchased the Angus bull for $4,400.
The top selling Simmental bull was consigned by Cody and Jessica Wilson of Pierson. Lot 170 is a big quartered bull and is a son ‘SVF/NJC Mo Better M217.’ When auctioneer Colonel Jon Schaben dropped the gavel, Nathan Foresman of Cherokee had the high bid, and took this baldy bull home for $4,300.
The top selling Charolais bull was consigned by Larry Wakefield of New Richland, Minn. Lot 145 was the top-gaining and top-indexing Charolais. He is a calving ease prospect and a son of ‘LT Bridger 9191 Pld.’ He was purchased by a Purebred Charolais operation, Reed Charolais Farm of Castana, with a bid of $4,000.
In the Hereford group, Lot 158, a son of ‘MSU TCF Revolution 4R’ was the top-seller at $3,800. He boosted a weaning weight expected progeny difference in the top 3 percent of his breed and a top marbling score. This outstanding polled bull was consigned by Eric and Matt Tiernan of Stuart and selected by Bradley Schultz of Schleswig as his new herd sire.
“These bulls represented the top cut of our Dunlap test bulls based on growth, carcass traits, yearling weights, disposition and scrotal circumference,” says Kellie Carolan, ICA seedstock manager. “The bulls carried some of the breed’s best pedigrees for calving ease, performance and carcass merit and their test data showed it with more than 3.8 pounds per day of gain on-test.”
The following is a breakdown of the number of bulls by breed or type and the sale average for that category.
Angus, 23 head, average of $2,487;
Simmental—8 head, average of $2,625;
Charolais—11 head, average of $2,881;
Hereford—1 head, average of $3,800;
Sim-Angus—2 head, average of $1,650; and
Total—45 head, average of $2,600.
To see the caliber of bulls sold at the Dunlap auction, a catalog of the bulls can be found at www.iacattlemen.org, under the ICA Programs tab. Catalogs and videos of bulls for the upcoming sale at Tama Livestock Auction, which will be May 3, will be added to the site the week before the sale.
The Tama sale will be the last of the season, and will be preceded by a sale of open heifers that have been on-test through the program, too.
This year, ICA has continued a promotional program for buyers at the sales. As bidders buy an animal, the bidder’s name is placed into a drawing for credit certificates that can be applied to their purchase at the sale, or to future 2013 or 2014 sales. At Tama, one $500 certificate and two $200 certificates will be given during the heifer sale and the bull sale.
The ICA Bull Evaluation Program has been in place since 1985. The goal of the program is to provide bulls that meet the program’s two basic objectives: 1) evaluate high-quality bulls in a common environment to benefit seedstock producers and; 2) identify and merchandise a select group of bulls, which excel in traits that have a high economic value.
For more information about the ICA Bull Evaluation Program or to receive a sale catalog, contact the ICA office at 515-296-2266.
The Iowa Cattlemen’s Association represents 9,600 beef-producing families and associated companies dedicated to the future of Iowa’s beef industry. ICA’s mission is “Grow Iowa’s beef business through advocacy, leadership and education.”