AMES, IOWA – At the final sale of the season for the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association Bull Evaluation Program, the average price of the bulls broke a record for the fourth sale in a row. The run began May 2011 at the Tama Livestock Auction when the average price was $2,416. In March 2012, at the first ICA sale of the year, the bulls averaged $2,726 at the Bloomfield Livestock Market; and at the next sale at Dunlap Livestock Auction that same month, bulls averaged $3,339. The result of the May 4, 2012 sale at Tama of 61 bulls was $3,420.
The price of open heifers at the Tama sale also increased for the third year in a row. The 58 heifers averaged $1,600. In 2011, the price was $1,378; and in 2010, $1,252. The program for ICA’s performance evaluated heifers was established in 1999; the heifers are sold only during the Tama Livestock auction.
“There are three reasons these average prices keep increasing,” says Kellie Carolan, ICA’s seedstock manager Carolan says. “First, our consignors are putting good cattle in a program with 27 years of history. Second, the buyers are looking for the kind of bulls and heifers that will help us grow the cow-calf segment, and these bulls will definitely improve the commercial cow herd. The third reason is that there are record cattle prices across the industry.”
Several commercial cattlemen selected their new herd sires at the ICA bull sale held in Tama. The sale included Angus, Simmental, Charolais and Simmental Composite bulls which had been assessed through the bull evaluation program (BEP), and met the criteria established by ICA members on the Performance Evaluation Committee.
The top seller for the Tama sale and for the 2012 sales was an Angus bull, a son of ‘Sitz Upward 307,’ which sold for $10,000. That is the second highest price paid for a bull in the 27-year-old program. In 1987, Ed Benson of Irwin sold an Angus bull for $10,600. The 2012 bull was Lot 262 owned by Steve Wical of Grundy Center. The bull caught the attention of many cattle producers, and was sold to Noelck Farms, Hampton.
The top selling Simmental bull was consigned by Craig Utesch of Correctionville. Lot 283, a son of ‘CNS Dream On L186,’ was purchase by Lee and Lois Kovar of Kovar Farms in Victor. The purchase price to take home this bull was $4,900.
Of the Simmental Composites, Lot 294, a son of ‘Triple U Bull U43’ was the top-seller at $4,300. This blaze-faced black bull from Cody and Jessica Wilson of Pierson went home with a long-time buyer of ICA’s BEP bulls, Lee Faris of Mount Ayr.