It is the best of times in the beef cattle industry as producers across the United States are benefiting from historically high cattle prices. The bullish market was the driver of the record setting Town Creek Farm Brangus and Ultrablack Bull Sale and Commercial Brangus Bred Heifer Sale held on Saturday, October 18, 2014, near West Point, MS. Buyers and bidders from 11 states and Paraguay, South America, engaged in the fast pace sale that saw 127 Town Creek Farm bulls average $6890 and 288 Town Creek Farm customer-owned commercial bred heifers average $2842. The two sales grossed $1,693,450.
Town Creek Farm owner, Milton Sundbeck warmly welcomed a capacity crowd of customers, friends and family, as well a large group of on-line bidders, to the Town Creek Farm Sale. Town Creek Farm genetic program is designed to supply fertile, functional, long lasting bulls that make positive impacts to bottom-lines of commercial bull customers.
Thirteen bulls sold between $16,000, the sale high, to $10,000. Each of these bulls was sold to repeat Town Creek Farm customers from the states of Alabama, Florida, Mississippi, Louisiana and Oklahoma. All these bulls were Cow Creek Ranch based genetics on dam’s side and all but two were Cow Creek Ranch genetics on the sire side. Buyers appreciated the proven genetic packages of moderate frame, muscle mass and thickness in these herd bulls.
In the next pricing tier, 15 bulls sold from $9500 to $8000. Again, repeat Town Creek Farm customers took these 15 bulls to their home states of Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, Louisiana and Oklahoma. The balance of the bulls in the sale all sold from $7500 to $3500 to progressive commercial cattle operations with only 10 bulls selling for less than $5000.
Prior to the bull sale, Town Creek Farm held its second Commercial Bred Heifer Sale, which is a continuation of the 18-year running Cow Creek Ranch Commercial Bred Heifer Sale, held each fall in Aliceville, Alabama. Heifers were sired by Cow Creek Ranch bulls and bred back to Cow Creek Ranch and Town Creek Farm bulls. The multi-generational, genetically tracked heifers commanded strong interest and demand from buyers. Buyers looking for replacement heifers with inherent predictability and sourced genetics found the heifers to their liking. When the gavel fell for the final time, 288 heifers sold for an average price of $2842.
These customer-owned heifers were offered by Williamson Cattle Co., ranching in Faunsdale, AL, and Okeechobee, FL, and a 17-year consignor to the Town Creek Farm and Cow Creek Ranch Sales; River Oaks Farm, Searcy, AR, and Black River Brangus, Monterey, LA, 16-year consignors; 15-year consignor, CP Bar Ranch, Holcomb, MS; 10-year consignor, Megehee Cattle Company, Macon, MS; along with six-year consignor, Montgomery Farms, Moulton, AL; four-year consignors Lazy MM Bar Farm, Tylertown, MS and Gunsmoke Ranch, Union Springs, AL; and second-year consignor, B&B Farm, Linden, AL.
Doak Lambert, Coppell, TX, was the auctioneer.