Prices at bull sale shatter previous records

Posted April 10, 2014 at 12:30 pm

The 83rd Southwest Missouri Beef Cattle Improvement Association’s bull sale March 31 at Springfield Livestock Marketing Center followed the current beef market trend with a record average price of $4,389.

The 37 successful bidders on the bulls shattered the association’s previous high of $3,393, set at the October, 2013 sale according to Eldon Cole, livestock specialist with University of Missouri Extension.

The top seller and new record price was $6,800 on an Angus, October, 2012 son of SAV Bismarck 5682 consigned by Naylor’s Angus, Buffalo. The successful bidder was Joshua Mahan, Strafford. The 6.8 frame bull ranked in the top 30 percentile or better on calving ease direct, weaning weight, yearling weight, intramuscular fat, ribeye area and $Wean.

A herdmate, and also a Bismarck son was the second high seller at $6,500. The six Naylor bulls averaged $5,467. The 31 Angus bulls averaged $4,598.

Three Polled Hereford bulls, all consigned by Bonebrake Herefords, Springfield, averaged $3,650. Their top seller brought $4500 form Charles Harris, Taneyville.

Bebout Charolais, Theodosia sold the two Charolais for an average of $2,600. Julius Fraley, Houston paid $3,000 to claim the high price for the Charolais.

Cork Cattle Company, Wentworth, had the lone SimAngus. Jacob Davison, Aurora, paid $3,700 to take him home.

According to Cole, the bulls in the sale had to meet some strict standards for calving ease, weaning and yearling weight, milk and intramuscular fat expected progeny difference (EPD) values. “They also must weigh 1,100 pounds or more and have a frame score of 5 or more at 365 days of age,” said Cole.

The SW Missouri BCIA welcomes prospective consignors for their next sale, Oct. 27. Details on the process are available from University Extension livestock specialists or contact sales manager Pam Naylor, Buffalo 417/345-8330. Also, check for information on the website at