WBIA posts record-high bull sale average
At the annual Wisconsin Beef Improvement Association's Central Bull test sale on Saturday, April 6, there were 74 tested bulls from a variety of breeds auctioned off for an average of $2,980, which was a record high sale average, according to John Freitag, the association's general manager.
The sale, held once again at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville's Pioneer Prairie Farm was dominated by Angus cattle with 54 Angus averaging $3,040 and eight Red Angus averaging $2,715.
Nine Simmentals averaged $3,090 and a Shorthorn bull sold for $1,900. Freitag said bulls from this year's consignors would be going to farms in Iowa, Illinois and Michigan as well as new homes in Wisconsin.
Freitag said that after a four- or five-year absence, Hereford bulls were again consigned to the test and there were enough bulls consigned for a Hereford breed group.
Kody and Kevin Stork, New Richmond, consigned the top-selling Hereford bull, a Boyd Masterpiece 0220 son. The bull sold to Doug Bishop, Manchester, IA, for $3,300.
Bishop also bought the next high-selling Hereford bull for $1,900. That bull was consigned by Marv and Ruth Espenscheid of Argyle; he is a son of FHF M33 Marshall Dillion 118 ET.
John and Martin Andersen, from Verona, consigned the top-selling bull of the day. He was a GAR-EGL Protègè son, and he sold for $5,600 to Riley Brothers Angus in Darlington.
The next highest selling bull of the event went for $4,400. Consigned by Charles Wimmer, Afolkey Springs Farm, Dakota, IL, the bull was purchased by Cornelius Land and Cattle Co. of Bellevue, IA. The bull was sired by B/R New Day.
Cornelius Land and Cattle Co. also purchased the third high-selling Angus bull, a SAV Pioneer son, consigned by Wolters Angus Farms in Cuba City. That bull sold for $4,200.
The UW-Platteville Farm consigned the top-selling Red Angus bull. Ken Heller, Heller Farms, Platteville now owns the LR Cash bull after paying $3,800 for the bull at Saturday's event.
Two owners - SMBA Stock Farm in Hayward and the UW-Platteville had bulls that tied for the second high-selling Red Angus bull. Both consignments sold for $3,000.
A Beckton Epic R397K son sold to Tim Woodhouse, Genoa, and Dennis and Dale Patterson, Bloomington, purchased the WEBR Drs Orders son for the same amount of money.
Allan Arndt, Double A Simmentals, Janesville and Bob and Mary Roenneburg, Blue Mounds, tied for the top-selling Simmental bull, as each consignor sold a Simmental bull for $3,600.
The Roenneburg bull, a Hooks Majestic 31M son sold to Alex Bringe, Viroqua. The Arndt bull, a CAJS Jillians Trademark son, sold to Gill Farms in Apple River, IL.
Arndt also consigned the third high-selling Simmental bull, a RC Club King 040R son, which sold to Gill Farms, Apple River, IL, for $3,400.
Oakwood Farms of Colby consigned lot# 23, a Shorthorn bull that was sold to Marlo Schultz, of Galena, IL for $1,900. That bull is a Waukaru Rambo 0042 son.