The Ohio Cattlemen’s Association is currently accepting bull consignments to the two Seedstock Improvement Sales held in April. The sales, held on Friday, March 30, at 7 p.m. at Muskingum Livestock in Zanesville, Ohio, and Saturday, April 16 at noon at Union Stock Yards Company in Hillsboro, Ohio, offer an affordable way to market bulls from multiple breeds in one location and on one day. Buyers have the assurance of buying bulls with known genetics, a completed vaccination regiment, and a breeding soundness exam.
The Seedstock Improvement Sales are open to consignments from all breeds of bulls. Consignors must be a current member of the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association to participate. Bulls are required to be registered and to have expected progeny differences (EPDs). The bulls will be placed in sale order based on a within breed evaluation star system using EPDs for birth weight, weaning weight, yearling weight, and milk. Bulls consigned to the sales can be from one to five years of age. History of the sale shows that bulls 18 months of age and older command a higher price. New for 2012, consignors will be allowed to substitute bulls for entries made to the Seedstock Improvement Sales. As of 2011, all bulls are required to be tested for Bovine Viral Diarrhea (BVD) persistent infection (PI) status. Complete health requirements can be found on www.ohiocattle.org.
For more information on the sales, visit www.ohiocattle.org and look under the Beef Improvement section or contact the OCA office at 614-873-6736 or through email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Interested consignors or buyers can also contact John Grimes, sale manager and OSU Extension Beef Coordinator, with any questions at 937-763-6000 or email@example.com. Consignment deadline for both sales is Jan. 31, 2012.