"There have been major changes in the Missouri All-Breeds Performance Tested Bull Sales," said Kris Graupman, Palmyra, MO. The Missouri Beef Cattle Improvement Association (MBCIA) sponsors the tested bull sales and Graupman, purebred Angus breeder, is chair of the sale committee.

"First of all there will be no fall sale held this year," Graupman said. "Our next sale will be held Saturday, March 10, 2001, at the Callaway Livestock Market near Kingdom City, MO"

Previously, MBCIA sales were held at Trowbridge Livestock Center on the University of Missouri campus on the first Fridays in April and November each year.

"There were several reasons for the change in scheduling and moving the sale site," Graupman said. "Parking had become a problem on the MU campus for both buyers and sellers."

"Also, the MU facilities were inadequate in that only haltered bulls could be housed and had to be led into the sale ring. Many breeders don't have the time that it takes to break bulls to the halter and to be led.

"The Callaway Livestock Market facilities will allow unhaltered bulls to be sold," he continued. "We will still require that bulls sold must be gentle and cleaned and trimmed."

The number of purebred breeders in Missouri had declined in recent years, said Al Kennett, University Outreach and Extension livestock specialist at New London, MO, who is working with Graupman on the March 10, 2001 sale.

"The number of purebred beef cattle breeders in Ralls County has dropped by more than half," Kennett said. "The drop in number of breeders means there are fewer consignors to enter bulls in our sales."

Graupman said bulls for the March 10 sale must be born between Jan. 1, 1999 and March 15, 2000. "Bulls entered in the sale must be in the 70th percentile of EPDs--Expected Progeny Differences--for two of three traits on birth weight, yearling weight, and milk. Previously the requirement was the 80th percentile.

"The primary MBCIA goal is to improve the quality of Missouri cattle." Bulls to be sold in the March sale must be consigned by mid-December 2000.

Entry information will be mailed to purebred breeders in late fall. Entry forms are available from John Wallace, sales manager, at 33666 Longspur Road, Vandalia, MO 63382, phone 573-594-2873. Completed entry forms should be returned to Wallace.

MBCIA was formed during the mid 1960s through the leadership of John Massey, long-time MU extension livestock specialist, who is now retired. In recent years MBCIA has become the seed stock arm of the Missouri Cattlemen's Association Greg Drebes, purebred Simmental breeder, Monroe City, MO, is the current MBCIA president. Other officers are Gary Naylor, regional livestock specialist, Buffalo, MO, vice president; Melissa Wright, Missouri Cattlemens' Association, Columbia, secretary; and Roger Eakins, regional extension livestock specialist, Jackson, MO, treasurer.

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