Performance-Tested Bulls to be Sold at Auction

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Thirty-eight performance-tested bulls will be sold at public auction on Thursday, March 9. The Junior Bull Test Sale will take place at the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture’s Middle Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center in Spring Hill, Tennessee. The gavel drops at noon CST.

The sale will feature 29 Angus bulls, along with three Simangus, and a pair each of Hereford, Maine Anjou and Simmental. All bulls have completed UT Extension’s 84-day test that evaluates post-weaning performance measures, such as weight gain, breeding soundness and overall health.

The evaluations also include DNA testing that can improve the accuracy of genetic predictions, allowing producers who purchase these bulls to make better breeding and management decisions for their herds. This testing will also qualify buyers for additional cost-share reimbursement dollars from the Tennessee Ag Enhancement Program.

Top-gaining honors in the Junior Bull Test class went to a consignment from Mills Angus Farm in Cookeville, Tennessee. This bull averaged a gain rate of 6 pounds per day, finishing at 1,236 pounds and a 6.2 frame score. A consignment from White Ridge Angus in Chuckey, Tennessee, came in second with an average daily gain of 5.65 pounds.

Interested buyers can attend the live sale in Spring Hill, or participate through tele-video sites located at the Clyde Austin 4-H Center in Greeneville, Tennessee, or at the Brehm Animal Science Building, located on the UT Institute of Agriculture campus in Knoxville, Tennessee. Sale catalogs are available online (ag.tennessee.edu/AnimalScience/Pages/BullTestProgram.aspx), or you can pick one up at any UT Extension office. Catalogs will also be available at the sale.

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.

Through its mission of research, teaching and extension, the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture touches lives and provides Real. Life. Solutions. ag.tennessee.edu.

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