Pa. performance tested bull sale totals $265,700

PENNSYLVANIA FURNACE, Pa. — Beef producers earned $265,700 for top-quality bulls at the 41st Pennsylvania Performance Tested Bull Sale March 28, at the Pennsylvania Livestock Evaluation Center in Pennsylvania Furnace, Centre County.

Producers from across Pennsylvania and neighboring states sold 93 Angus, Charolais, Hereford, Shorthorn, Red Angus, Simmental and crossbred bulls. The bulls averaged $2,857 per head.

Sale topper

Topping the sale at $8,900 was a Simmental from Double RD Farm of Dudley, Mass., sold to Back Road Ranch of Sherman, N.Y. Two bulls sold for $5,000: a Simmental consigned by Belmont Steaks Farm of Gettysburg, Adams County, and purchased by Gary Fosbaugh of Keymar, Md., and a SimAngus consigned by Sunrise Farms of Attica, N.Y., sold to Ray Dart of Smethport, McKean County.

Fifty-three Angus bulls averaged $2,823, one Charolais brought $3,000, eight Herefords averaged $2,213, one Shorthorn brought $2,700, seven Red Angus averaged $2,786, 21 Simmentals averaged $3,133 and two SimAngus averaged $3,700.

The bulls completed a 112-day test at the center that evaluated average daily gain, carcass traits and feed efficiency. After the testing period, the bulls were ultrasonically scanned to determine ribeye area, marbling and fat thickness and examined for breeding soundness.

For more information, contact Greg Hubbard at 814-238-2527 or ghubbard@pa.gov or visit www.livestockevaluationcenter.com.

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