An improved cattle economy and agreeable weather made the 22nd edition of the Kansas Beef Expo a success.

In its second year at Hutchinson, the expo saw a slight decrease in cattle numbers, but an increase in the overall sale average.

The nine breed sales averaged $1,618 on 240.5 lots, which included bulls and females. This average was up $39 per lot from 1999. The 33 commercial replacement heifers averaged $806, up $207 per lot from last year. There also was a definite trend toward increased sales of genetic packages, including embryos, flushes and "picks of the herd." This category generated $83,014 in sales. Including the replacement heifers, genetic packages, bulls and females, gross expo sales increased $89,841 over last year to a total of $498,657.

The 132.5 bulls averaged $1,731, up an average of $90 per lot from last year.

The 108 females averaged $1,479, down $58 per lot from 1999.

The Kansas Beef Expo is sponsored by the nine participating breeds and the Kansas Livestock Association. Show and sale results for each breed follow:

--Angus: High selling "Buyers Choice," consigned by McCurry Brothers Angus, Mount Hope, pick of the fall 1999 heifer calves, sold for $14,000. High selling bull, GF 1483 923, consigned by Good Farms, Olsburg, $3,300. High selling female, Brooks 903 of 430 Prime Time, consigned by Brooks Angus, Olsburg, $3,900. Sale results: 45 bulls, $1,712; 18 females, $1,786; and 16 embryos, herd picks and semen, $4,554.

--Charolais: High selling bull, WFR Mario Jr 9018P, consigned by West Fork Ranch, Loup City, NE, and purchased by Bob Van Buskirk, Lahoma, OK, for $2,000. High selling female, Miss HCR Reflection 9012, consigned by Hubert Charolais Ranch, Monument, and purchased by Shiloh Cattle Co., Bradshaw, OK, for $2,300. Sale results: nine bulls, $1,536; and four females, $1,525.

--Gelbvieh: Show results: Champion bull, HAD Hank 331H, consigned by Hill & Dale Farms, Franklinton, NC; reserve bull, TMC Mr. Goldrush J7, consigned by Goldrush Genetics, Guide Rock, NE. High selling bull, GATZ Extra Sleep Easy 7J, consigned by Gatz Stock Farm, Hiawatha, sold to LRH, Craig, CO, for $5,000. Champion and high selling female, PJM TSR 923 J, consigned by Two Step Gelbvieh, Cascade, IA, sold to Jumping Cow Gelbvieh, Ramah, CO, for $3,600. Reserve female, GATZ Miss Exceptional 8J, consigned by Gatz Stock Farm, Hiawatha. Sale results: 12.5 bulls, $2,472; 20 females, $1,685; one flush, $2,900; and two embryo lots, $550.

--Hereford: High selling bull, VJS Influence III 15G, consigned by Virgil J. Staab & Sons, Hays, sold to Circle S Farms, Mullinville, for $3,000. High selling female, 0 L1 Dominette J229, consigned by Oleen Cattle Company, Falun, for $1,500. Sale results: 18 bulls, $1,546; 12 females, $988; one flush, $1,125; and one embryo lot, $1,200.

--Limousin: High selling bull, MOSR Varsity 894H, consigned by Moser Limousin, Winona, sold to Starns Farms, Inc., Brewster, for $2,500. High selling female, JL Black Jackie, consigned by Junek Limousin, Cuba, sold to Wilkinson Family Farms, Narka, for $1,500. Sale results: 11 bulls, $1,475; and 13 females, $1,121.

--Maine-Anjou: Show results: Champion bull, VBFB Renegade, consigned by Valleybrook Farm, Overbrook; champion female, WLTR Morgan 11J, consigned by Walter Cattle Company, Elk City, OK. Sale results: 11 bulls, $1,448; and 11 females, $1,540.

--Replacement heifer: High selling lot, four Red Angus-Hereford, first calf heifers, with Red Angus-sired calves, consigned by Leon Steffen, Burdett, for $1,085 each; three Brangus first calf heifers, with calves at side, consigned by Craig Zwick, Lyons, for $1,075 each. Sale results: two Gelbvieh, $825; 13 Brangus, $788; two Hereford, $560; four Simmental, $660; three Maine-Anjou, $785; six Red Angus-Hereford $1,043; and three Gelbvieh-Hereford, $775.

--Salers: Show results: Champion bull, GGT P Zerox 90J, consigned by GG&T Land & Cattle Company, Quinter; champion female, Meyer Ms J035, consigned by Meyer Brothers Farms, Osage City. Sale results: eight bulls, $1,394; and one female, $950.

--Shorthorn: Show results: Champion and high selling bull, K-Kim Westport 966, consigned by K-Kim, Inc., Beatrice, NE, sold to High Plains Shorthorns of California, for $6,000; champion and high selling female, Blue Gate Polyanna 973, consigned by Blue Gate Shorthorn Farms, Geneseo, and Jamie Marie Tummons, Gallatin, MO, sold to Ivan Anderson, Leonardville, for $1,100. Sale results: 12 bulls, $1,394; and 10 females, $865.

--Simmental: High selling bull, HLE Bel Air J907, consigned by Hook Ranch, Manhattan, purchased by B J Simmental, Houston, TX, for $5,800. High selling female, HSF Alida 24J, consigned by Hofmann Simmental Farms, Clay Center, purchased by High-Bred Simmental, Madison, for $3,700. Sale results: six bulls, $3,283; 19 females, $1,832; and two embryo lots, $2,723.

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