Date: 4/10/2015 12:00:00 AM

Title: ICA bull sales at Bloomfield, Dunlap show continued strength

The first two sales in the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association (ICA) Bull Evaluation Program have resulted in a strong indication that Iowa cow-calf producers are seeking superior genetics for their commercial herds.

At the first sale held in Bloomfield on March 16, the 36 bulls brought an average price of $4,175, which broke the historical ICA sale records by more than $700. That record was set in May 2012 at the Tama Livestock Auction, when the average bull price was $3,420.

The Dunlap sale on March 27 also broke the old record; the 31 head of bulls sold there averaged $3,698.

“There are several reasons why the ICA evaluation program creates successful sales,” says Kellie Carolan, ICA’s seedstock manager. “First, our consignors are putting good cattle in a program with 30 years of history. Second, the buyers are looking for the types of bulls that will help them grow the cow-calf segment, and the stock sold at our first two sales will definitely improve the commercial herd.”

The Bloomfield sale included 14 head of senior yearling bulls, which averaged $4,021. The top-selling senior bull was Lot 62 consigned by Butch and Patsy Neumeyer of Golden Chute Ranch in Walker. The bull sold for $7,700 to Curtis Claeys of Delmar.

The 22 yearling Angus bulls sold in Bloomfield averaged $4,272. The top-selling yearling Angus was Lot 84 consigned by Mike Kaefring of Tipton. He sold for $6,500 to Merlin Burden of New London. Information about the top ten bulls, consignors and buyers is on the ICA website at

The pattern of solid sales continued at Dunlap. The top-selling bull there was a yearling Simmental consigned by Nate and Carrie Horman of CNN Cattle Company of Roland. The Lot 143 bull sold for $7,500 to Will Jones of Sioux Rapids. In all, the 10 yearling Simmental bulls at the sale averaged $3,135.

The eight yearling Charolais bulls at the sale averaged $4,994. The second-highest selling bull, Lot 131, came from this group. The bull was consigned by Larry Wakefield of Wakefield Farms of New Richland, MN, and he was purchased for $6,800 by James Reiser of Arion.

The yearling Angus bulls (10 head) averaged $3,405 at the Dunlap sale. The top selling lot in this group was Lot 104 consigned by Larry Bridgewater of Spencer Grove Farms near Walker. Bryce Riessen of Danbury purchased the bull for $5,500.

There were three head of yearling Simmental Composite bulls at the sale, averaging $3,000. Lot 156 was the top seller of this group, bringing $3,500. Jeremy and Gary Walter of Farragut were the consignors, and Curt and Chad Havick of Mapleton were the buyers. You can see the full list of the top ten bulls, consignors and buyers for the Dunlap sale at

There will be a final sale of seedstock that has gone through the ICA evaluation program. On May 1, a sale will be held at the Tama Livestock Auction in Tama that features both heifers and bulls. That sale will conclude ICA’s 30th anniversary year of the program. To recognize the consignors and buyers through the year, the ICA Bull and Heifer Evaluation Program Committee will host a meal right before the sale.

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

For more information about the ICA Bull Evaluation Program or to receive a sale catalog, contact the ICA office at 515-296-2266. You may also view the sales catalog and other bull and heifer test information on the ICA Web site at


About the Iowa Cattlemen's Association: The Iowa Cattlemen’s Association represents 10,000 beef-producing families and associated companies dedicated to the future of Iowa’s beef industry. ICA’s mission is “Grow Iowa’s beef business through advocacy, leadership and education.”