Thursday, October 31, 2013

Bull Market Is Strong; Bull Sale Sets New Record

Contact: Eldon Cole, livestock specialist
Headquartered in Lawrence County
Tel: (417) 466-3102

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Fed cattle, feeder calves and most replacement females are reaching lofty price averages nationwide. As a result, it should come as no surprise that the 82nd Southwest Missouri Beef Cattle Improvement Association’s bull sale followed the trend with an impressive $3,393 average on 34 bulls.

The sale was held Oct. 28 at the Springfield Livestock Marketing Center.

The sale included 32 Angus bulls that averaged $3,430.  The two Polled Hereford bulls averaged $2,800.

Valley View Farms, Lynn McElhany of Republic consigned the sale topper at $5,100.  The bull sold to Rob Kates, Rosamound, IL.  The four Valley View Angus bulls averaged $3,850.

Truman L. Wiles, Willow Springs also had an impressive group of five bulls that averaged $3,850.

Bonebrake Farms, Springfield entered the two Polled Herefords.  Their top price was $3,400 on a bid from Mark Cobb, Miller.

The ages on the bulls ranged in age from 21 to 13 months.  The requirements for the sale include an 1100 pound, 365 day weight, a frame score of 5 and the bulls must have at least two of five EPD traits placing them in the 50 percentile or better.  Those five traits are:  calving ease direct, weaning weight, yearling weight, milk and instramuscular fat.

The bulls must all pass a breeding soundness exam.  Non-virgin bulls are examined for trichononiasis.

Persons interested in consigning bulls for the association’s next sale in late March may contact sale manager, Pam Naylor, Buffalo 417-343-8330 or contact your nearest University of Missouri Extension livestock specialist.  Information is also available at

For more information, contact any of the MU Extension livestock specialists in southwest Missouri: Eldon Cole in Mt. Vernon, (417) 466-3102, Andy McCorkill in Dallas County at (417) 345-7551, Dr. Patrick Davis in Cedar County at (417) 276-3313 or Logan Wallace in Howell County at (417) 256-2391.


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