On test bulls readied for Pa. Expo sale

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. – The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture’s Meat Animal Evaluation Center has announced the 84-day weight results for Pennsylvania’s Bull Testing Program.

The top bulls from this group will be sold March 30 in the 28th Pennsylvania Performance Tested Bull Sale as a part of Pennsylvania’s annual Beef Expo.

The group of bulls currently on test includes of 41 Angus, seven of which are red, 23 Simmentals, eight Herefords, one Charolais and one Limousin.

Through the 84-day test the Angus bulls have maintained an average daily gain of 4.31 pounds, with a lifetime weight per day of age of 3.46 pounds.

The top-gaining Angus bull is the PS Traveler 351614 son, consigned by Marlin and Steve Paul, which gained 5.45 pounds per day. This bull is a full brother to the top-indexing Angus in last year’s testing program.

Record-busting Simmental.

The 23 Simmentals have a breed average daily gain of 4.34 pounds per day on test, and a lifetime weight per day of age of 3.61 pounds per day. The top gaining bull on test this year is the Simmental bull consigned by H. Robert McQuiston. This WAR Dynamite 620 sired bull has gained 6.79 pounds per day thus far, and is well on his way to setting a new record for average daily gain on test in the State of Pennsylvania.

This year, there are eight Herefords on test which have gained, on average, 3.66 pounds per day. The top-gaining Hereford is the NJW 217 Vaquero 25C son, consigned by Frank Phoenix, which has gained 4.28 pounds per day on test.

The top Charolais bull, consigned by Ray Bratton, has gained 5.29 pounds on test and has maintained the highest lifetime weight per day of age, over all 74 bulls of all breeds with a lifetime weight 4.25 pounds per day.

The Limousin bull consigned by David and Lynda Miller has gained 3.51 pounds per day through 84 days and has posted a lifetime weight per day of age of 3.09 pounds per day.

Tested bull sale.

After all of the evaluations, the sale committee will select approximately the top 75 percent to offer in the tested bull sale at 11 a.m. March 30

The bull sale will be followed at the Beef Expo by the Pennsylvania Simmental and Angus Association’s annual female sale.

The state Shorthorn sale will be at 10 a.m. March 31.

For more information about bulls, to request a bull sale catalog, or more information about the Beef Expo, contact Glenn Eberly, Director, Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture’s Meat Animal Evaluation Center, 651 Fox Hollow Road, State College, PA 16803, 814-238-2527.

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