March 26, 2019
The average bull sale was $3,386 on 58 lots March 16 at the 31st annual MCA-MSU Bull Evaluation Program in Crystal, Mich.
Leading the way was a purebred Angus bull sired by VAR Discovery 2240 and consigned by Dawson Farms LLC of Hanover, Mich., that went for $6,750.
The bull was bought by CRV USA, which is based in Madison, Wis. The bull’s average daily gain during the evaluation was 4 pounds per day. He ranks in the top 4% of the Angus breed for beef value, the top 4% for weaning weight and the top 1% for yearling weight.
The second-highest-selling animal was a Simmental Angus bull sired by W/C Lock Down 206Z and consigned by Plank Simmental Farm of Crystal, Mich.
The bull sold for $5,500 to George and Lisa Matthews of Lupton, Mich. The bull’s average daily gain during the evaluation was 3.75 pounds per day. He ranks in the top 20% of the Simmental breed for terminal index, the top 10% for weaning weight and the top 15% for yearling weight.
Breed results included 33 Angus bulls averaging $3,371; 18 Simmental bulls averaging $3,586; six Red Angus bulls averaging $3,000; and one Charolais bull sold for $2,600.
The MCA-MSU Bull Evaluation Program sets the industry standard for evaluated bulls, going above and beyond the Guidelines for Uniform Beef Improvement Programs published by the Beef Improvement Federation.
Only bulls meeting a minimum average daily gain requirement and passing stringent evaluations for reproductive potential, disposition and structural soundness are marketed through the program’s sale.
Each year, bulls are hand-selected and nominated by breeders across the Great Lakes region. Breeders interested in consigning to the 2019-20 MCA-MSU Bull Evaluation should call the Michigan Cattlemen’s Association at 517-347-8117 or visit the program’s website, www.mibulls.com, for details.
The next evaluation will begin in October, with nominations accepted until Sept. 1.
Source: Michigan Cattlemen’s Association, which is solely responsible for the information provided and is wholly owned by the source. Informa Business Media and all its subsidiaries are not responsible for any of the content contained in this information asset.
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