Tuesday, March 04, 2014

Tested Bull Sale Coming March 31 to Springfield Livestock Center

Contact: Eldon Cole, livestock specialist
Headquartered in Lawrence County
Tel: (417) 466-3102
E-mail: colee@missouri.edu

MT. VERNON, Mo. -- The Southwest Missouri Beef Cattle Improvement Association will hold its tested bull sale at 7 p.m., March 31 at the Springfield Livestock Marketing Center, 6821 West Independence (Exit 70 off of I-44), Springfield, Mo.

Forty bulls will be offered from herds in the southwest corner of the state.  These herds will have 33 Angus, 4 Polled Herefords, 2 Charolais and 1 SimAngus.

“In the next six weeks or so there are at least 20 sales in the area that are strictly bull sales or will have both sexes in their consignments. The reason this corner of the state attracts so many bulls is the high population of beef cows in this four-corner section of Missouri, Arkansas, Oklahoma and Kansas,” said Eldon Cole, a livestock specialist with University of Missouri Extension.

Although the SW MO BCIA sale is fairly small number wise it has some outstanding bulls based on their expected progeny difference (EPD) values.

Eligible bulls must meet certain minimums to sell.  The minimums are:  1100 pound 365 day adjusted weight; frame score 5 or greater; must rank in the 50th percentile of their breed or better for at least two of these EPD traits, calving ease direct or birth weight, weaning weight, yearling weight, milk and intramuscular fat.

Some of the offerings exceed these minimums significantly.  For example, 13 of the Angus bulls have EPDs for 365 day weight in the top 5 percent of the breed.  Several of these bulls also have calving ease EPDs in the top 5 percentile.

“As more producers adopt artificial insemination to bunch their calf crop and improve their quality it behooves them to use better cleanup bulls.  In the past they may have chosen a bull for cleanup that was just a bull.  However, times are changing and it’s important to use a bull with excellent numbers for cleanup so there will be more uniformity in their calves,” said Cole.

The tested bull sale catalog may be obtained by contacting sale manager, Pam Naylor, Buffalo at 417-345-8330 or view it online at www.swmobcia.com.

Your nearest MU Extension livestock specialist should also have catalog: 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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