Bull Prices Trend Down

Performance Bull Sale Draws Standing-Room-Only Crowd

Forty-four performance and genomically tested bulls were featured in the latest Performance Bull Sale by the Southwest Missouri Beef Cattle Improvement Association. (Photo courtesy of Eldon Cole)

Bull prices can vary a lot by region, but in one of the nation's notable performance sales, prices showed a downward trend.

The sale was held at Missouri's Springfield Livestock Marketing Center on Oct. 25. It included forty-four performance and genomically tested bulls and ended with average an average price of $3,678 per bull.

University of Missouri Extension livestock specialist Eldon Cole reported the sale topper was an Angus bull from Wiles Ridge Ranch. That bull brought $6,200. It went to Brackenridge Brothers, an outfit that bought its first bull from the sale in 1994.

Cole said there was a standing-room-only crowd and that while prices were good, they were down by an average of $500 per head, compared to a March 2021 sale in the state.

This was the 98th bull sale by Southwest Missouri Beef Cattle Improvement Association, with the first sale held in 1973. The group works with Missouri Extension livestock specialists for guidance on the use of performance and genomics to help educate both buyers and sellers on how to use objective data to make their best bull selections.

The next performance bull sale will be held March 2022. The sale takes bids in person, as well as via online auction. For details, reach out to the sale manager Phoebe Wiles at 417-293-8002 or any state Extension specialist.