Cattlemen Show Signs Of Building Herds

Cattlemen Show Signs Of Building Herds

Commercial beef cattle producers are buying bulls at season's first ICA bull sale; and private sales are picking up too, report Iowa breeders.

Several commercial cattlemen selected their new herd sires at the Iowa Cattlemen's Association (ICA) bull sale held at Bloomfield Livestock Market on March 19, in southeast Iowa. The sale included Angus, Simmental, and Sim-Angus bulls that had been assessed through the ICA Bull Evaluation Program.

The top seller for the first sale of the season was an Angus bull, a son of 'Sitz Upward 307R.' This Lot 6 bull was a consignment from Dennis and Jennifer Deppe of Waverly, and was a crowd favorite for bidders both on the phone and at ringside. When the bidding dust settled, Orval Stevenson of Moulton won the honors of taking this bull home for $3,900.

Cattlemen Show Signs Of Building Herds

The top selling Simmental bull was consigned by Craig Utesch of Correctionville. Lot 35 is a son of their 'POW Mr. Emotion N1' bull, and delivers with a.big ribeye area and big weaning weight. This baldy bull was added to the 2012 bull battery of Gary Bates of Keswick. He is a repeat customer, and purchased the Simmental bull for $3,400.

In the Sim-Angus division, Lot 42, a son of "LMF Movin Forward" was the top-seller at $2,500. He was a top-indexing, top-gaining Sim-Angus bull from John Boggess of Oskaloosa. This performance-oriented bull was purchased by Mike Moothart of Mount Pleasant.

Total of 23 bulls were offered for sale and brought an average of $2,726 each

A total of 23 bulls were offered for an average of $2,726. The following is a breakdown of the number of bulls by breed or type and the sale average for that category.

                        # Head  Average $

Angus                    18                   $2,761

Simmental                4                  $2,625

Sim-Angus               1                  $2,500

Total                     23                   $2,726

To see the caliber of bulls sold at Bloomfield, a catalog and videos of the bulls can be found at www.iacattlemen.org. Catalogs and videos of bulls for the upcoming sales at Dunlap Livestock Auction in Dunlap (March 30) and Tama Livestock Auction in Tama (May 4) will also be added to the site in coming weeks.

 "These bulls represented the top cut of our Bloomfield test bulls based on growth, carcass traits, yearling weights, disposition and scrotal circumference," 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 with more than 4.5 pounds per day of gain on-test."

This year ICA has started a promotional program for buyers at these sales

This year, ICA has implemented a promotional program for buyers at the sales. As bidders buy an animal, the bidder's name is placed into a drawing for certificates that can be applied to their purchase at the sale, or to future 2012 or 2013 sales. At the Dunlap sale, a $500 certificate and a $200 certificate will be awarded. At Tama, where both an ICA Heifer sale and the ICA bull sale 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.

About the Iowa Cattlemen's Association:  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."

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