Pa. bull sale breaks records

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PENNSYLVANIA FURNACE, Pa. — Eighty-one bulls, consigned by breeders in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic, broke two sale records at the 36th Pennsylvania Performance Tested Bull Sale March 27 at the Pennsylvania Livestock Evaluation Center in Pennsylvania Furnace.

The bulls sold for a total of $169,950 — a record-high average of $2,099 per bull.

Sale

A Charolais bull was auctioned off for a record-breaking $13,500.

Consigned by Leo Muncy of Pipestem, W.Va., the bull was bought by a syndicate including Bill Mays of Tennessee, Rambur Charolais of Montana and Vedvei Charolais of South Dakota.

The four Charolais bulls in the sale averaged $4,375. Fourteen Simmental bulls achieved the top-breed sale average of $2,165.

A consignment from Messick Farms of Middletown, Pa., garnered the Pennsylvania Cattlemen’s Association award for the highest indexing bull over all breeds. This bull sold for $2,500 to Rodney Lane of Harrison Vly, Pa.

The top-selling Simmental bull, from Caitlin Wolfgang of Middletown, Pa., sold to Matthew Dwayne Wilks of Warren Center, Pa., for $3,000.

The high-selling Angus bull was consigned by Larry and Barb Weaver of New Holland, Pa., and sold for $3,800 to Wingert Farms in St. Thomas, Pa.

Lot No. 1, PAS True Grid 805, consigned by Paul Salansky of Coal Center, Pa., was the top indexing and co-top gaining Angus bull, gaining an average of 5.75 pounds per day for the 112-day test. He sold for $2,650 at the sale.

Forty-six Angus bulls sold for an average of $2,072 per bull.

A red Limousin bull consigned by Jonah Broughton, Attica, N.Y., gained more than 4 pounds per day on test. Kenneth Laughlin of New Derry, Pa., bought the bull for $1,600.

There were two Limousin consignments.

A group of eight Hereford bulls averaged $1,407. The high-selling Hereford was consigned by Roy and Susan Smith of East Greenville, Pa., and was sold to Witmer Farms of Liverpool, Pa., for $2,000.

Seven Red Angus bulls offered in the sale averaged $1,784, with the top indexing bull, consigned by Wade Vonada of Mill Hall, Pa., going to Ponderosa Farms of Penn Yan, N.Y. This bull gained 5.8 pounds per day on test.

One crossbred bull, consigned by Frank Glass of Blairsville, Pa., sold to Allen Williams of Piles Grove, N.J., for $1,900.

Prior to the sale, all bulls completed a 112-day performance test at the Pennsylvania Livestock Evaluation Center to evaluate average daily gain, muscle growth and breeding soundness.

Pennsylvania’s performance testing programs are a cooperative effort between the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, Penn State University and respective species organizations.

Information

To learn more about the testing programs or sales, contact Glenn Eberly, director, at 814-238-2527 or geberly@state.pa.us.

For more information about the Pennsylvania Livestock Evaluation Center, visit http://www.agriculture.state.pa.us/lec .

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