University of Tennessee Hosts Senior Bull Test Sale in January

The auctioneer’s gavel will soon fall at the UT Institute of Agriculture’s  Middle Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center.  The center will host the Senior Bull Test Sale on Thursday, January 15, 2015.  More than 60 bulls will be sold at the public auction.

The confirmation of bulls consigned to the UT Bull Test Station has improved over the years, says UT beef specialist David Kirkpatrick. Photo by D. Kirkpatrick, courtesy UTIA

The confirmation of bulls consigned to the UT Bull Test Station has improved over the years, says UT beef specialist David Kirkpatrick. Photo by D. Kirkpatrick, courtesy UTIA

The bulls featured in the sale come from some of the top breeding programs in the region.  All have recently passed UTIA’s performance test, which measures the bulls’ weight gain, frame score, and reproductive soundness.  Breeds to be sold include Angus, Hereford, Gelbvieh, Simmental and Santa Gertrudis.

The high-gaining bull in the Senior test was a consignment of Mathis Angus Farms in Duck River, Tenn., who finished the test with an average daily gain of 5.81 pounds with an off-test weight of 1495.  Second place honors went to a Mills Angus Farm (Cookeville, Tenn.) consignment that gained 5.60 pounds per day with an off-test weight of 1595.

Complete test reports and sale catalogs can be found at UT Extension offices located in every county in the state or online at http://middle.tennessee.edu.

The Senior Bull Test Sale begins at noon CST.  Prospective buyers from East Tennessee who can’t make it to the auction site can enjoy the convenience of bidding on bulls at the two TeleVideo centers located at the Knoxville Livestock Center and the 4-H Camp in Greeneville. The purpose of the Bull Testing Station is to provide a standard, impartial post-weaning gain test that will furnish records that will be useful in breeding programs.  The Station also provides a market for completely performance-tested bulls and serves as an educational tool for beef cattle improvement.

The Middle Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center is one of 10 outdoor laboratories operated by UT AgResearch, a division of the UT Institute of Agriculture.  In addition to its agricultural research programs, the UT Institute of Agriculture also provides instruction, research and public service through the UT College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, the UT College of Veterinary Medicine and UT Extension offices in every county in the state.

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