ICA's Tama bull and heifer sale tops the season
At the final sale of the season for the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association Bull Evaluation Program, the average price of 68 bulls sold was $3,043. That was the highest average of the three sales ICA holds during the spring; and it was the second highest historically. Last year’s average at the Tama sale was $3,420, which was the highest ever average in the 28 years of the program.
The price of open heifers at the 2013 Tama sale was the highest average ever. The 49 heifers averaged $1,639. The program for ICA’s performance evaluated heifers was established in 1999, and heifers are sold only during the Tama Livestock auction.
“There are several reasons why the ICA evaluation program creates successful sales,” says Kellie Carolan, ICA’s seedstock manager. “First, our consignors are putting good cattle in a program with 28 years of history. Second, the buyers are looking for the types of bulls and heifers that will help us grow the cow-calf segment, and these bulls will definitely improve the commercial cow herd.”
The Tama sale included Angus, Simmental, Simmental Composite, Gelbvieh Balancer and Charolais bulls which had been assessed through the bull evaluation program, and met the criteria established by ICA members on the Performance Evaluation Committee.
The top seller for the Tama sale-and also for 2013-was an Angus bull, a son of ‘Sitz Upward 307,’ which sold for $5,200. Lot 265 owned by Steve Wical of Grundy Center was sold to Justin Graves from Grundy Center and Kendall Dinsdale from Reinbeck.
There were two top selling Simmental bulls, each selling for $5,000. Both were consigned by Triple U Ranch of Correctionville. Lots 285 and 286, were both sons of ‘Remington Lock N Load54U.’ Lot 285, from Nathan Utesch, was purchased by Will Jones of Sioux Rapids. Lot 286, from Cody and Jessica Wilson, was the selection of Joe Greig of Estherville.
Of the Simmental Composites, Lot 296, a son of ‘G C Weightmaker 931’ was the top-seller at $3,900. This bull from Chris Nelson of Stanton went home with a long-time buyer of ICA’s BEP bulls, Lee Faris of Mount Ayr.
Of the Gelbvieh Balancer bulls, Lot 267 was the top seller. He is a calving ease son of ‘GSTR Charge Up 9113’ and was purchased for $2,000 by Tyler Rogers of Iowa City for his 2013 bull battery.
The top selling Charolais bull was consigned by Larry Wakefield of New Richland, MN. Lot 275 will be a new herd sire at Winter Charolais of Galena, Ill. The bull sold for $1,900.
“These bulls represented the top cut of our Tama test bulls based on growth, carcass traits, yearling weights, disposition and scrotal circumference,” says Carolan. The bulls carried some of the breed’s best pedigrees for calving ease, performance and carcass merit and their test data showed it with 3.9 pounds per day of gain on-test.”
The top-selling heifer at the Tama sale was Lot 383. This Angus heifer was consigned by Victor Spanton of New Glarus, Wis., and sold to repeat buyer, Gary Kellogg of Colorado, who bought her as well as several other open heifers at the sale.
The next highest selling heifer was Lot 575, a Simmental owned by Cody and Jessica Wilson of Pierson. This heifer sold for $2,400 to Marlin Piotter of Jeffers, Minn.
To see the caliber of cattle sold at all three 2013 auctions, you can find catalogs and pictures of these lots at www.iacattlemen.org under the ICA Programs tab.
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, contact Kellie Carolan at 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.”