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ICA sale at Tama will celebrate 30th year of bull sales

By Staff | Apr 26, 2015

TAMA – The Iowa Cattlemen’s Association will hold its third and final performance tested open heifer and bull sale of the season May 1 at the Tama Livestock Auction Market in Tama.

Preceeding the sale, the ICA Bull and Heifer Evaluation Program Committee will host a meal at 4 p.m. to celebrate ICA’s 30th anniversary year of the program.

In addition, buyers at the sale will be entered into a drawing for a $500 or $200 credit certificate that can be used on a purchase that night, or a purchase at a future sale date through the 2016 sales.

“Breeders have consigned excellent sets of heifers and bulls that carry breed-leading pedigrees and outstanding Expected Progeny Differences,” said Kellie Carolan, ICA seedstock manager. Thirty open heifers and 71 bulls are on the sale list. The bulls include 47 Angus, 13 Simmental, six Charolais, and five Simmental composites.

All bulls go through a 112-day test at the Van Meter Feedyard in Guthrie Center, while the open heifers are in a 96-day test at the same location. “We are bringing the top end of the consigned livestock to the sale,” Carolan said. The sale bulls and heifers represent the top 75 percent of each group tested, and were selected on carcass, growth and reproductive merit.

Breeders of the highest-indexing bull from each breed that qualified for the Tama sale will be honored prior to the sale by ICA and Zoetis Animal Health, which is the official sponsor of this ICA program. The terminal index is comprised by average daily gain; weight per day of age; weaning weight EPD; yearling weight EPD; marbling; and retail product numbers.

Breeders honored by ICA and Zoetis include:

  • Merrill and Steve Henry of Meredith Angus in Indianola Claimed the highest indexing bull in the Angus division. Their Lot 225 bull was sired by Connealy In Focus 4925
  • Craig Utesch of Triple U Ranch in Correctionville – Raised the high indexing bull in the Simmental division. His Lot 288 bull was sired by SVF/NJC Mo Better M217.
  • Kyle Wakefield of Wakefield Farms in New Richland, MN – Consigned the top-indexing Charolais bull. Lot 273 was sired by LT Sundance 2551 Pld.
  • Chris Nelson of Nelson Simmentals & Angus of Stanton Claimed the high indexing award in the final division Simmental Composite bulls with his Lot 299 bull sired by G C Weightmaker 931.

Since ICA took over the performance bull test originally under the direction of the Iowa Beef Improvement Association, the program has performance-tested more than 7,250 elite bulls in its 30-year history. Open heifers were added to the program in 1999 and more than 775 head have been offered for sale in the past 17 years.

Two of the program’s sales were held in March. At Bloomfield, the ICA performance tested bulls sold for an average of $4,175, which is the new average high for the program. The Dunlap sale held later that month produced the second highest average sales for the program, $3,698.

Throughout the test history, the BHEP Committee has always strived to give bull and heifer buyers and seedstock producers more information to assist in their genetic selection process. The program has undergone continuous improvement from being part of selection clinics, to adding ultrasound data and pelvic measurements to the catalogs, to including PI-BVD testing for all enrolled cattle and adding new EPDs and indexes to the catalog.

For more information about the ICA Bull Evaluation Program or to receive a Tama sale catalog, contact the ICA office at (515) 296-2266. Videos of the Tama heifers are online at www.youtube.com/user/iacattlemen/playlists, and videos of the bulls will be there soon. You may also view the sales catalog and other bull and heifer test information on the ICA Web site at www.iacattlemen.org.

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