Penn State's First Online Beef Production Sale Successful!

Posted: December 15, 2016

The 12 Days 'Til Christmas Sale grossed $62,350 on 15 live lots and three embryo lots.
P S Playmate 971 507, Top Seller at Sale

P S Playmate 971 507, Top Seller at Sale

The first online production sale (12 Days 'Til Christmas Sale) held by Penn State University's Department of Animal Science on Tuesday, December 13 was successful, grossing $62,350 on 15 live lots and three embryo lots.

Conducted through, the nine bred heifers averaged $4,417 with the top bred heifer, Lot 2 P S Playmate 971 507, selling for $6,500.  Six bred cows averaged $3,292 with the top bred cow, Lot 7 P S Miss Angus 541 250, selling for $5,000. The top embryo lot was Lot 16 which sold for $450 per embryo.  Cattle were sold to farms in PA, MD, NC, NY, and WV.

Wendall Landis, Beef and Sheep Complex Manager, said, "This was a great opportunity to showcase our breeding program here at Penn State. It also offered our students an important hands-on experience in both handling animals and marketing livestock." Landis added that they hope to make the sale an annual event.

Dr. Terry Etherton, Head of the Department of Animal Science, said, "It was wonderful that we had a very successful sale.  This reflects a lot of hard work and dedication by my colleagues on the Beef Farm leadership team, and undergraduate students who planned and managed the sale.  I am very appreciative of the support of the beef cattle community for making our sale a success."

Brooke Milbrandt, Beef and Sheep Complex Assistant Manager, and Mitchell Stephens, Manager of the Haller Farm, provided strong leadership in overseeing the management of the sale process.

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