ICA bulls at Dunlap have average sale price of $2,700
An average sale price of $2,704 attracted several commercial cattlemen to select their new herd sires at the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association bull sale held at Dunlap Livestock Market on March 28. The sale included yearling Angus, Charolais, Hereford, Simmental and Simmental composite bulls that had been evaluated through the ICA Bull Evaluation Program.
The top sellers for ICA’s second sale of the season were a pair of yearling Charolais bulls, one a son of ‘Cooley Royce 1107T39,’ and the other a son of ‘WR Wrangler W601.’ Lots 150 and 152 bulls were consignments from Larry Wakefield of New Richland, Minn. Longtime ICA bull test buyer Vick Bassett of Ames won the honors of taking both bulls home for $4,750 each.
The top selling Angus bull was consigned by Dianne Witt of Arcadia. Lot 142 is a son of a previous sale topper in the Tama sale, ‘Meredith Alliance 37.’ This January bull delivers with a low birthweight, performance and carcass traits. Charles Bently of Onawa added this to his bull battery selection for $4,000.
The top selling Hereford bull was a son of ‘Baja Loaded 90Y ET.’ Lot 154 was raised by Randy Golightly, Van Meter, and was purchased by Stevan Brus of Manilla for $2,500.
The top selling Simmental was consigned by Cody and Jessica Wilson of Pierson. Lot 163 is a homozygous black son of ‘Sand Ranch Hand’ that sold to Robert Klein of Dunlap for $3,100.
A total of 47 bulls were offered for an average of $2,704. The following is a breakdown of the number of bulls by breed or type and the sale average for that category.
Angus—25 head, average $2,536;
Charolais—9 head, average $3,717;
Hereford—2 head, average $2,350;
Simmental—6 head, average $2,250;
Simmental Composite—1 head, average $1,900; and
Total—47 head, average $2,704.
The catalog and videos of the bulls sold in Dunlap can be seen on the ICA website, www.iacattlemen.org, under the ICA Programs tab. You will also be able to find there the catalog and videos of bulls and heifers for the upcoming sale (May 2) at Tama Livestock Auction in Tama.
“The bulls at Dunlap represented the top cut of our tested bulls consigned for that sale,” said 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. Yearling bulls averaged 4.4 pounds gain per day while on-test.”
Buyers at ICA sales are also eligible for a promotional program. As bidders buy an animal, the bidder’s name is placed into a drawing for a $500 and $200 certificates that can be applied to their purchase at the sale, or to future 2014 or 2015 sales. At the Dunlap sale, Phil Brandt, Glidden, received the $500 certificate; and Greg Domino of Schaller won the $200 certificate.
At the Tama sale, where both ICA heifer and bull sales will be held, one $500 certificate and two $200 certificates will be given.
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. You may also view sale catalogs and other bull and heifer test information on the ICA website, www.iacattlemen.org.
The Iowa Cattlemen’s Association represents more than 10,000 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.”