Consignment Deadline Approaching for the 2020 OCA Replacement Female Sale

 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - September 1, 2020

For More Information:   
Ohio Cattlemen’s Association
614-873-6736 or cattle@ohiocattle.org                                                                  

(MARYSVILLE, Ohio) – The Ohio Cattlemen’s Association (OCA) will be hosting their eighth annual Replacement Female Sale on Friday, November 27, 2020. The sale will be held at the Muskingum Livestock sale facility in Zanesville and will begin at 6 p.m. Consignments for the sale are due by October 1, 2020. 

The 2020 OCA Replacement Female Sale will provide an opportunity for both buyers and sellers to meet the need for quality replacements in the state. Consignments may include cow-calf pairs, bred cows and bred heifers. Females must be under the age of five as of January 1, 2021 and may be of registered or commercial background. Bred females must be bred to a bull with known EPD’s and calves at side of cows must be sired by a bull with known EPD’s. Pregnancy status must be verified by an accredited veterinarian through traditional palpation, ultrasound or by blood testing through a professional laboratory. Analysis must be performed within 60 days of sale. Consignments will also be fulfilling specific health requirements.

As producers consider potential marketing decisions, there are some factors to keep in mind that have led to successful consignments in previous Replacement Female Sales. Young, high quality cattle backed by solid genetics are in demand with potential buyers. Yearling heifers bred artificially to proven calving ease sires are very marketable. A shorter breeding season that results in a tighter calving window has also proven to be popular with potential buyers. 

Producers should also evaluate the body condition of potential sale cattle and make nutritional adjustments to the animal’s diet to compensate for a late November sale date. A body condition score in the 5-6 range on a 9-point scale at sale time is a good goal to strive to achieve. This sale will feature females that have met several genetic, health, and age criteria that will allow buyers to purchase with confidence that they will be adding quality animals to their herds. 

At the 2019 sale, buyers evaluated 93 lots of bred heifers, bred cows and a cow-calf pair at the auction. The sale included 75 lots of bred heifers that averaged $1,379, 17 lots of bred cows that averaged $1,375 and one cow-calf pair that sold for $1,700. The 93 total lots grossed $128,525 for an overall average of $1,382. The females sold to buyers from Ohio, Michigan, and West Virginia.

The consignment form and sale information can be found at ohiocattle.org or by calling the office at (614) 873-6736. If you have any questions about the sale, contact John Grimes at (937) 763-6000 or john@maplecrestfarms.com. 

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