The 46th Annual Northeast Missouri Performance Tested Bull Sale was held in Palmyra on Saturday, March 31. The overall average on 43 bulls was $2,995.

The 46th Annual Northeast Missouri Performance Tested Bull Sale was held in Palmyra on Saturday, March 31. The overall average on 43 bulls was $2,995.

The high breed average was Polled Hereford at $3,667. Other breed averages were SimAngus at $3,500, and Angus at $2,931. High selling bulls in the sale were Angus and Polled Hereford consigned by Kris and Tracy Graupman, Palmyra and Keithley/Jackson, Frankford —they sold for $6,700 and $5,900, respectively. They were purchased by Keithley/Jackson, Frankford and Baker Family Farms, Atlanta. 15 other bulls sold for $3,000 or higher.

Other top selling bulls included Shannon Farms, Angus at $5,600; and Donald Drebes, top Simmental at $3,500.

Bulls offered in this sale met certain predetermined standards in order to be eligible for this sale. Bulls must be in the upper 50th percentile in two out of four EPD (Expected Progeny Difference) traits: CE or BW, WW, YW, or Milk, yearling height 49 in or above, weight at a year 1100 lbs. or above, semen tested and examined for breeding soundness and to be found satisfactory potential breeders, as well as meeting health requirements: tested and found negative for Brucellosis and BVD-PI, vaccinated against Leptospirosis, and must follow state requirements for trichomoniasis.

The annual meeting of the Northeast Missouri Beef Cattle Improvement Association, which sponsors the bull sale, was hosted at the Rialto Banquet Hall in Hannibal, with 95 members and guests attending. Several awards were presented at the banquet.

Plaques were presented to the owners of the high indexing bulls in the sale. Angus went to Tracy and Kris Graupman, and Hereford went to Keithley/Jackson.

Other awards presented included Outstanding Seedstock Producer, Donald Drebes, Monroe City; Outstanding Commercial Producer, Randy Baker, LaPlata; and Outstanding Service to Daniel Mallory, Perry.

The sale is a cooperative effort between the Northeast Missouri BCIA and University of Missouri Extension. For details on participating, contact your nearest Extension Livestock Specialist. The next sale will be March 30, 2019 at F & T Livestock Market, Palmyra. For more information, please contact Daniel Mallory, Livestock Specialist, Ralls County University of Missouri Extension, at 573-985-3911 or malloryd@missouri.edu.