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Bull Sales Attracting Active Buyers

Bull Sales Attracting Active Buyers

Buyers at Iowa Cattlemen's Association bull sales this spring have been active, and haven't been afraid to bid strong for the animals they want. Only one sale remains for ICA tested bulls and heifers; it's May 6 at Tama.

More than 40 head of performance tested bulls attracted Iowa and out-of-state buyers to the second Iowa Cattlemen's Association bull sale this spring. The April bull sale at Dunlap Livestock at Dunlap, Iowa featured top performers in four breeds. Only one sale remains for ICA tested bulls and heifers and that will be May 6 in Tama.

The top-seller at Dunlap was an Angus bull, Lot 105, a son of "Sitz Upward 307R". This stout bull, which was recommended for heifers, was consigned from Dennis and Jennifer Deppe of Waverly. Clint & Joe Sires from Ringsted won the honors of taking home this bull for $4,800.

In the Charolais division, Vick Bassett of Boone selected the Lot 144 bull, a son of "Keys McHenry 24M" for $4,000. Larry Wakefield of New Richland, Minnesota bred this top-indexing, top-retail product bull.

Active buyers bid at ICA bull sale in Dunlap, for top performers

In the Maintainer division, Mike Holden of Scranton consigned the top-selling bull at $1,800. This calving-ease son of "DCC Smokin Joe 157P' was purchased by Lance Vavra of Rosalie, Nebraska.

Kyle and Morgan Wadsworth of Dunlap consigned Lot 166, a black baldy son of "3C Macho M450 BZ". He was the top-selling Simmental bull at $2,900 and Mike Benes of Valparaiso, Nebraska selected this animal for his 2011 bull battery.

A total of 44 bulls were offered through the ring for an average of $2,398. The following is a breakdown of the number of bulls by breed and the sale average for each breed.

                                 # Head              Average $

Angus                           21                       $2,871

Charolais                      6                        $2,617

Maintainer                     7                        $1,571

Simmental                     10                       $1,850

Total                            44                       $2,398

 "These bulls represented the top two-thirds of our Dunlap test bulls based on growth, carcass traits, yearling weights, disposition and scrotal circumference," says 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 4.3 pounds per day of gain on-test."

Only one ICA spring sale date remains and that's May 6 at Tama

The remaining sale in the ICA bull sale season will be May 6 at Tama Livestock Auction in Tama. A group of 59 performance-tested open heifers will sell prior to the 70 bulls listed in the sales catalog.

"We have an outstanding set of open heifers for the Tama sale. These heifers are pelvic measured, ultrasounded and ready for breeding," she says. "Most heifers are registered with their respective breed associations and we will have some excellent calving-ease bulls available that night as well to get you started in the cattle business or to expand your existing herd."

The ICA Bull Evaluation Program has been in place since 1985. The goal of the program is to meet 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. The objectives serve producers and consumers.

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 site

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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