3/29/2014 7:00 AM
By Shannon Sollinger Virginia Correspondent
ALDIE, Va. — For the second year in a row, Gary McDonald took home the top-priced yearling bull from the Whitestone Pasture Performance-Tested Bull and Female Sale on March 22.
Last year, he went to $39,000 for Whitestone Winchester A242, sired by SAV 707 Rito 9969 and whose mother comes from the Peak Dot female family. Winchester already has 25 “really nice” calves on the ground said his son, Jeremy, the eighth generation of the family on the farm in Middletown, Va.
This year, the McDonalds’ Shen-Val Farm went to $22,000 for the sale topper, Whitestone Brass Tacks C074.
Shen-Val runs a herd of about 300 cows and combines cow-calf and bull sales. Brass Tacks, one of the first crop of Whitestone/Genex sire Musgrave Foundation, is an outcross for their herd, and should produce heifers that will stay in the herd and bull calves well-suited to their local market.
“This bull really complements Winchester,” Jeremy McDonald said. “He’s broader and longer.”
Musgrave Foundation, sale topper at the 2012 Musgrave Sale at $105,000, is a Genex/CRI sire owned by Whitestone and its partners. The 2014 Whitestone catalog led with 11 young bulls from Musgrave Foundation’s first crop. The bulls posted birth weights ranging from 69 pounds — in the ring at 1,380 pounds, sold for $4,500 — to 87 pounds — the sale topper in the ring at 1,574 pounds, with a rib eye area ranking of 16. Prices for the Musgrave Foundation sons ranged from $2,500 to $22,000 for an average of $7,214.
Two more Musgrave Foundation sons rounded out the top five prices of the day at $11,000 each. Tanner Farms of Ellisville, Miss., bought Whitestone Bedrock C071 — out of Mindemann Forever Lady, sired by the Pathfinder sire, BR Midland — while Lost Coin Farm of Mardela, Md., took home Whitestone Bentley C162 — out of Coleman Donna 022, who traces to OCC Emblazon 854E.
Whitestone Touchstone C110 went home to the Slonaker Cattle Company of Capon Springs, W.Va., for $16,000, the second highest price of the day. Touchstone is a son of Pathfinder sire SAV Final Answer 0035 — known for calving ease — and entered the world at the end of January 2013 at just 78 pounds. He tipped the scales at the end of February this year at 1,304 pounds.
Whitestone Explorer, a Final Answer grandson, brought $14,000, the third highest seller of the day, from Karma Springs Angus in Pennsylvania.
Frank Weese and his wife, Stacey, went to $4,000 for Whitestone Conclusion C038. Frank Weese said he was looking for calving ease for his cow-calf operation in Maysville, W.Va., and he is counting on the Final Answer son to provide it.
The sale also featured 42 yearling open heifers from three long-time Whitestone partners: Tanner Farms of Mississippi brought 20, Kentwood in nearby Middleburg brought 10 and Martin Acres of Mauertown, Va., brought 10.
Scott Buchanan, a Whitestone staff member who has started his own successful club-calf enterprise, Buchanan Cattle Enterprises in Aldie, Va., brought just one heifer, Buchanan’s Georgina R272 — by Gambles Freedom 1500 out of a Leachman Saugahatchee 3000C cow — was hammered down for $4,000 and will be on the show circuit next year with Blake Nisewander of Cedar View Farm in Greencastle, Pa.
Blake won’t be 9 years old until August of next year said his father, Monte Nisewander. He’ll be able to show her as a junior at next summer’s fairs and competitions, and might try out the open ring before that.
The Nisewanders picked Georgina for “her femininity, long neck and long, deep body,” Monte Nisewander said. “I think she’ll be a tremendous show calf.”
Georgina’s mother, CQS Georgina 4005, was a good show calf for the daughter of her breeder, Quentin Smith of Quentin Smith Family Angus in Lebanon, Tenn., before Scott Buchanan bought her, Nisewander recalled. The cow should fit right in with Nisewander’s cow-calf operation.
CQS Georgina 4005 is a donor in Buchanan’s small herd and has already produced several champions — Buchanan’s Night Train, 2014 National Western Angus reserve early winter bull calf champion, and Buchanan’s Georgina R261, 2013 Ohio AGR Holiday Class grand champion heifer.
Georgina R272 left the Whitestone auction ring for her new home just after 2 p.m., and auctioneer Ron Kreis said, “We’re all out.”
The total for the day was $444,250 for 75 bulls and 42 heifers, down $17,600 from last year’s total of $461,850 for 75 bulls and 43 heifers.
For 2014, the 75 bulls averaged $4,826 and the 42 heifers averaged $1,958.