The Ohio Cattlemen’s Association (OCA) will be hosting its eighth annual Replacement Female Sale on Nov. 27. The sale will be held at the Muskingum Livestock sale facility in Zanesville, Ohio, and will begin at 6 p.m. Consignments for the sale are due by Oct. 1.
The 2020 OCA Replacement Female Sale is designed to provide an opportunity for both buyers and sellers to meet the need for quality replacements in the state. Consignments may include cow-calf pairs, bred cows and bred heifers. Females must be under the age of 5 as of Jan. 1, 2021, and may be of registered or commercial background.
Bred females must be bred to a bull with known EPDs (expected progeny differences), and calves at the side of cows must have been sired by a bull with known EPDs. Pregnancy status must be verified by an accredited veterinarian through traditional palpation or ultrasound, or by blood testing through a professional laboratory. Analysis must be performed within 60 days of sale. Consignments will also be fulfilling specific health requirements.
What to keep in mind
As producers consider potential marketing decisions, there are some factors to keep in mind that have led to successful consignments in previous replacement female sales, according to John Grimes, sale manager. Young, high-quality cattle backed by solid genetics are in demand with potential buyers, he says. Yearling heifers bred artificially to proven calving-ease sires are very marketable, and he adds that a shorter breeding season that results in a tighter calving window has also proven to be popular with potential buyers.
Producers should also evaluate the body condition of potential sale cattle and make nutritional adjustments to the animal’s diet to compensate for a late-November sale date. A body condition score in the 5 to 6 range on a 9-point scale at sale time is a good goal to work toward, Grimes says. This sale will feature females that have met several genetic, health and age criteria, which will allow buyers to purchase with confidence that they will be adding high-quality animals to their herds.
At the 2019 sale, buyers evaluated 93 lots of bred heifers, bred cows and a cow-calf pair at the auction. The sale included 75 lots of bred heifers that averaged $1,379, 17 lots of bred cows that averaged $1,375 and one cow-calf pair that sold for $1,700. The 93 total lots grossed $128,525, for an overall average of $1,382. The females sold to buyers from Ohio, Michigan and West Virginia.
The consignment form and sale information can be found at ohiocattle.org or by calling the office at 614-873-6736. If you have any questions about the sale, contact Grimes at 937-763-6000 or firstname.lastname@example.org.