For the past five years, the historic Bradley 3 Ranch has offered a select group of weaned heifers for sale. This year, the sale featured 65 registered Angus and Charolais heifers. The Angus heifers ranked in the top 15% of the breed for calving ease and top 2% of the breed for $Energy, an indicator of annual maintenance costs. The Angus heifers were genomically tested and represented a truly elite offering of young potential replacement females and show heifer prospects.
Top selling heifers were Lots 12 and 32, selling for $2,300 each. Lot 12 was out of a Final Solution daughter, out of B3R Grass Master, and posted an impressive 130 weaning weight ratio. Her +.94 marbling EPD ranks her in the top 15% of the Angus breed. Lot 32 is a line bred extreme calving ease and is destined to be one of the lowest input females on the ranch. Her +22 CED, +24 HP, +31 DOC, combined with -2.9 BW and +26.85 $EN are an indication of the generations of low input performance genetics stacked into her pedigree.
Next high selling heifer was Lot 51, a complete package sired by B3R Pioneer Wave Y409, the record selling bull at B3R. Y409’s data continues to increase, with +1.06 marbling EPD and +1.50 REA EPD, still maintaining a +10 calving ease and top 5% of the Angus breed $Beef.
The heifers sold to four states, including the volume buyer in New Mexico.