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ICA’s Tama bull, heifer sale tops season

By Staff | May 22, 2014

TAMA (ICA) – At the May 2 Iowa Cattlemen’s Association Bull Evaluation Program, in Tama, the average price of 76 bulls sold was $3,413.

That was the highest average of the three sales ICA holds during the spring; and it was the second highest historically.

The highest sale average of $3,420 in the 29-year-old program came at the 2012 Tama sale.

That average was just slightly higher than this year’s $3,412.

The price of open heifers at the 2014 Tama sale was the highest average ever, and is part of a 5-year run of records.

The 70 heifers averaged $1,868, topping the previous record in 2013 of $1,639.

The increasing average price in heifers indicates a strong interest by Iowa cattle producers to grow their herds.

The program for ICA’s performance evaluated heifers was established in 1999, and heifers are sold only during the Tama Livestock auction.

“There are several reasons why the ICA evaluation program creates successful sales,” said Kellie Carolan, ICA’s seedstock manager. “First, our consignors are putting good cattle in a program with 29 years of history.

“Second, the buyers are looking for the types of bulls and heifers that will help us grow the cow-calf segment, and the stock sold at the Tama sale will definitely improve the commercial herd.”

The Tama sale included Simmental, Angus, Simmental Composite, Charolais, and Red Angus bulls, which had been assessed through the bull evaluation program.

The top seller for the Tama sale – and for 2014 – was a Simmental bull, a son of Fitz Escalade, which sold for $6,400.

Lot 291 owned by Larry Hindman, of Radcliffe, was sold to Julian Canaday, of Bloomfield, Neb.

The top-selling Angus bull sold for $5,750. Lot 257 was consigned by Is and Kristin Noelck, of Hampton. The son of Waa Upshot was purchased by Tim Steffensmeier, of Fort Madison.

Of the Simmental Composites, Lot 307, a son of Lagrand Upward 1147, was the top-seller at $5,500. This bull from Nathan Kaehler, of Eyota, Minn., also went home with Steffensmeier.

Of the Charolais bulls, Lot 276, owned by Larry Wakefield, of New Richland, Minn, was the top seller. He is the son of RC Distance 3154 Pld and was purchased for $4,000 by Vick Bassett, of Boone, for his 2014 bull battery.

The top-selling Red Angus bull was consigned by Dan Wakefield, of New Richland, Minn. Lot 280, the son of LJC Mission Statement P27, will be a new herd sire at Darrell and Edwin Sents, of Wellsburg. The bull sold for $3,100.

“These bulls represented the top cut of our Tama test bulls based on growth, carcass traits, yearling weights, disposition and scrotal circumference,” said Carolan.

The bulls carried some of the breed’s best pedigrees for calving ease, performance and carcass merit and their test data showed it with 4.2 pounds per day of gain on-test.”

The top-selling heifer at the Tama sale was Lot 402. This Angus heifer was consigned by Mike Kaefring, of Tipton, and sold for $3,300 to repeat buyer, Gary Kellogg, of Colo.

The top-selling Charolais heifers were the multiple Lots 447, 448, 449 and 500, which were owned by LeRoy Lines of Olathe, Kan. The heifers sold for $3,000 each to Gregg and Kathy Mobley, of Albia.

To see the caliber of cattle sold at the Tama sale and the other two 2014 auctions, visit: www.iacattlemen.org, under the ICA Programs tab.

The ICA Bull Evaluation Program has been in place since 1985.

The goal of the program is to provide bulls that meet the program’s two basic objectives: 1) evaluate high-quality bulls in a common environment to benefit seedstock producers and; 2) identify and merchandise a select group of bulls, which excel in traits that have a high economic value.

For more information about the ICA Bull Evaluation Program, contact Carolan at the ICA office at (515) 296-2266.

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