Angus bull is top gainer in Pa. test

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PENNSYLVANIA FURNACE, Pa. — The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture just announced the 56-day weight results for Pennsylvania’s Bull Testing Program being held at the Livestock Evaluation Center in Pennsylvania Furnace, Centre County.

There are a record 160 bulls currently on test, including 92 Angus, 36 Simmentals, 15 Herefords, nine Red Angus, four Crossbreds, three Limousin and one Charolais.

Top gainers

Hannah Grim of East Berlin, Adams County, consigned the top-gaining bull thus far, an Angus sired by SAV-Net Worth 4200. This bull gained 6.96 pounds per day and has maintained a 4.06 pound lifetime weight per day of age.

The second fastest-gaining bull at the facility is a consignment from John Yenny of Daisytown, Washington County. This Angus, sired by War Alliance 9126 6006, has gained 6.77 pounds per day on test.

The 92 Angus on test have averaged 5.3 pounds per day.

The fastest-gaining bull of the Simmental breed is owned by William Shoemaker of Manns Choice, Bedford County. This bull continues to gain 6.63 pounds per day.
The 36 Simmentals on test averaged 4.87 pounds per day.

The 15 Hereford bulls on test have averaged 4.41 pounds daily gain with a bull consigned by Morgan Firestine of Womelsdorf, Berks County, leading the group at 5.32 pounds average daily gain.

Red Angus

The nine Red Angus bulls have maintained a breed average gain of 4.98 pounds per day with a bull owned by Wade Vonada of Mill Hall, Clinton County, being the top gainer. This Pie Avalanche 387 son gained 6.12 pounds per day.

The three Limousin bulls on test have maintained a breed average gain of 3.82 pounds per day, with a bull owned by Poverty Hill Manor Farm of Commodore, Indiana County, being the top gainer of the group.

The two Lim-Flex bulls on test, owned by Jim Delaplaine of Biglerville, Adams County, have averaged 3.82 pounds per day gain.

The Simmental-Angus crossbred bull, consigned by Leon Tice of New Enterprise, Bedford County, continues to excel while on test, gaining 4.62 pounds per day.
The Charolais bull on test is owned by John O. Myers of York, York County, and has gained an average 4.07 pounds per day.

The top-performing bulls on test will be selected by the sale committee for Pennsylvania’s 35th annual Performance Tested Bull Sale at noon March 28.

Beef expo

Held at Pennsylvania’s Livestock Evaluation Center, the sale will be a highlight of the 19th Annual Pennsylvania Beef Expo.

The Pennsylvania Beef Expo serves as the largest event in the state exclusively featuring beef cattle. Other events featured at the expo include a Simmental breeding cattle sale at 3 p.m. March 28 at the Livestock Evaluation Center; junior activities and shows; and a large trade show.

For more information about Pennsylvania’s performance testing programs and sales, contact Glenn Eberly at 814-238-2527 or geberly@state.pa.us.

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