2023 OCA Replacement Female Sale Results

Garth Ruff, OCA Replacement Female Sale Manager

The 2023 sale represented a $250 per head price increase over the 2022 sale.

The Ohio Cattlemen’s Association (OCA) held their 11th annual Replacement Female Sale on November 24 at the Muskingum Livestock Auction Company in Zanesville, Ohio. A large crowd was on hand to bid on 113 high quality females in the sale. The sale represented an excellent opportunity for cow-calf producers to add quality females with documented breeding and health records to their herds.

Buyers evaluated 113 lots of bred heifers, bred cows, and cow-calf pairs at the auction. The sale included 80 lots of bred heifers that averaged $2,555, 4 cow-calf pairs sold for $3,475, and 29 lots of bred cows that averaged $2,006. The 113 total lots grossed $276,500 for an overall average of $2,447. The females sold to buyers from Ohio and West Virginia. Col. Ron Kreis served as the auctioneer.

Sales prices were higher year over year and the cattle were of high quality, as the 2023 sale represented a $250 per head price increase over the 2022 sale. Demand was very strong for quality females as 54 lots sold for at least $2,500 and 26 of those sold for $3,000 or greater.

1840 Angus Farm of Homerville, OH for the second year in a row consigned the top selling cows. The Lots 4 and 5 Registered Angus cows were sold to Robert Deitrick of Zanesville, OH for $2600. 1840 Angus Farm, Kohli Farms and Erv-N-Del farms sold a total of five cows for $2,500 each.

Atterholt Farms of Jeromesville, OH sold the Lots 15 and 16 Purebred Angus Cows with Angus sired calves at side for $3,950 to Gary Frame of Quaker City, OH.

LePage Cattle Ltd. of Coshocton, OH consigned the top selling bred heifers. The Lots 57 and 58 Registered Red Angus heifers sold to Zach Pickerel of Gibsonburg, OH for $3,900 each.  The second highest selling bred heifer sold at $3,700. Maplecrest Farms of Hillsboro, OH sold the Lot 62 Registered Angus female to Wade Hatfield of Adamsville, OH. Crum Cattle Company sold third highest selling bred heifer, the Lot 24 Purebred Simmental heifer to Jacob Lindimore of McConnelsville, OH at $3,600.

As in past years, the sale truly was an excellent opportunity for both buyers and sellers. Buyers were able to improve their herds by adding high quality females with known genetic and health backgrounds. Sellers were able to capitalize on increased prices for breeding cattle.

If you have any questions about the sale, contact Garth Ruff, OCA Replacement Female Sale Manager at (740) 651-7140, or by e-mail at ruff.72@osu.edu. More information can be obtained by contacting the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association at (614) 873-6736 or at their web site located at www.ohiocattle.org.