Wye Angus Sale cashes in $236,850 from 51 lots
By BRUCE HOTCHKISS
QUEENSTOWN, Md. — An estimated 250 cattlemen jammed, to standing-room-only, the arena at the University of Maryland Wye Angus facility here on April 7 for the 34th annual Wye Angus sale.
Buyers from at least 16 states paid a total of $236,850 for 51 lots — 36 animals and 15 embryos.
“It was a good sale,” said Eddie Draper, manager of the Wye Angus program. “Good prices and beautiful weather.”
Topping the sale at $9,500 was Brenton of Wye UMF 10171, a natural bull calf born Feb. 23, 2011 out of Blackbird of Wye UMF 8988.
Sired by Cedric of Wye UMF 8998, the bull sold to 8G Brangus and Angus Ranch in Breckenridge, Texas.
The second top seller, at $8,750, was also a February 2011 calf out of Blackbird of Wye. He is Barnum of Wye UMF 100111 sired by Forceful of Wye. The buyer was Ricky Hyland of Ramona, S.D.
The top selling embryo was a heifer, due in September 2012, out of Queen Mother of Wye UMF 8376 by Cyrus of Wye. It sold for $7,600 to Paul Koehn of Macon, Miss.
The sale average was $4,644. That compares to the 2011 sale in which 77 lots — which included 54 animals — averaged $3,864.