Performance bull sale averages $3,678

  • Published: Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2021

MOUNT VERNON, Mo. – Forty-four performance and genomically tested bulls averaged $3,678 at the Springfield Livestock Marketing Center on Oct. 25.  The Angus sale-topper brought $6,200 for longtime consignors Wiles Ridge Ranch, Willow Springs. The successful buyer was an even longer buyer at the sale, Brackenridge Brothers of El Dorado Springs, whose first bull purchase was in 1994 when the tested bull sale was held at Mount Vernon. They also paid $4,800 this sale for a bull from Clear Creek Angus, Steve and Crystal Vaughn, Springfield. 

The second high selling bull, at $5,600, was entered by Blue Mound Angus, Sheldon Swartzentruber, El Dorado Springs. The buyer was Vernon Kropff, Buffalo. Just below that price, at $5,500, was an Angus from DHT Angus, Cecil Huff, Ava. The buyer was Eugene Dilbeck, Cassville.

Four SimAngus bulls were consigned by Vestlane Farms, Ed Vest, Polk. They averaged $3,225 with a co-top of $3,500. The buyers were Cupps Farms, Shell Knob, and Josh Johnson, Springfield.

There was a nearly standing-room-only crowd with many spectators. This sale average was about $500 below the March 2021 sale average, but there were 15 more bulls in this sale. The floor price on this sale was $2,250 and four bulls did not make the floor. Online viewing and bidding was available, and several bids were called in on Live Wire Auction.

This was the 98th bull sale conducted by the Southwest Missouri Beef Cattle Improvement Association since the first in 1973. Consignors must be from the 22 counties in extreme southwestern Missouri from Vernon to Laclede counties and south to Howell County. The association cooperates with University of Missouri Extension livestock specialists for guidance on the use of performance and genomics to educate both buyers and sellers on using objective data to make selections on the farm and at sales.

The next sale will be March 28, 2022, at the Springfield Livestock Marketing Center. For more details, contact sale manager Phoebe Wiles, Willow Springs, 417-293-8002, or your nearest extension specialist.

Writer: Eldon Cole

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