11/3/2012 7:00 AM
By Shannon Sollinger Virginia Correspondent
BERRYVILLE, Va. — A lot has happened since Trey Gumm bought his first show steer at a Northern Virginia Angus Association On-Stage sale 18 years ago.
His family’s Woodside Farms is now a premier breeder of show cattle, and a week ago, Trey and the Gumm family hosted this year’s NVAA Fall Female Classic sale and On-Stage show steer sale at the Berryville farm.
NVAA didn’t put on its yearly sale last year, and the Gumms offered to host this year’s renewal.
The Gumms gave the sale more than a site — they consigned 11 lots, including the sale-topping embryo flush from Lot 1, to the female sale, and six lots to the On-Stage sale.
As the hammer went down on the last lot of semen straws, 52 lots — including embryos and semen — brought $133,600 (average per lot $3,073) and the 20 show steers brought $19,125 (average $956.25).
The McClaren family’s 44 Farms in Cameron, Texas, topped the bidding at $15,500 for a six-egg flush (bull of the buyer’s choice) from Woodside’s Rita 5F56. The 7-year-old cow has been at Woodside only since last June when Trey Gumm went to $62,500 to add her to his herd.
Juniors and former juniors accounted for some high-priced action at the sale.
Catie Hope and her family’s Dry Creek Farm in Berryville — Catie is this year’s secretary of the Virginia Junior Angus Association — consigned six lots.
Former FFA member and NVAA junior Scott Buchanan sent only one lot, his heifer Buchanan’s Elba N196 (by new GENEX sire SAV Brand Name 9115) and she brought the top single-animal price of $7,000 from Woodside Farms. She sold safe in calf, due to calve next March, to his herdsire Gambles Freedom 1500.
“I had all intentions of keeping her,” Buchanan said, “but I wanted to support the NVAA sale. She’s been very popular here — she looked the part, very attractive, plenty of rib shape, nice EPDs across the board.”
Buchanan is a mainstay on the Whitestone Farm staff and operates his own registered seed stock herd — on a smaller scale — in Aldie, Va. He grew up with cattle on his family’s Rockbridge County farm and has been “messing with cattle since I was 9.”
He said he’s after “quality cattle, not necessarily show cattle, but it’s very important to worry about structure and longevity, as well as the EPDs.”
The sale-topper’s mother, Tanner Elba X191 (out of Whitestone Elba R226, she out of Three Trees Elba 0064) is still at home in the Buchanan Cattle Enterprises herd.
At the other end of the experience spectrum, Gordon Keys, who’s been raising registered cattle for 65 of his 80 years, took home two cows with fall calves at their side, for $3,200 each. He prefers fall calves, and his purchases’ genetics will fit nicely with his small herd, Keys said.
Clifton Blackcap B4 9024 will go back to Keys’ Beaver Dam Farm in Middleburg with a September bull calf sired by SAV Bismarck.
The association will keep from 1 to 2 percent of the sale proceeds, said president John Wilkins. Much of it will go to the NVAA’s strong support of its juniors.
Virginia juniors will be hosting the 2013 Eastern Regional Junior Angus show in Harrisonburg next June, Wilkins said, and they are playing a little catch-up since taking on the assignment when another state had to withdraw.
The Covell Cattle Co. consigned six young steers to the On-Stage sale — shopping opportunities for juniors looking for show steers for next year’s county fair circuit. Its 7-month-old steer by BEB Juneau 104, out of a cow by Lemmon Seven Plus, topped the order at $1,700 on a bid from Durham Cattle of Gaithersburg, Md.