Performance tested bull sale breaks records

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PENNSYLVANIA FURNACE, Pa. Eighty-one bulls consigned by some of the best breeders in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions broke sale records at the 38th Pennsylvania Performance Tested Bull Sale held March 25 at the Pennsylvania Livestock Evaluation Center in Pennsylvania Furnace.

The bulls, representing six beef breeds including Angus, Lim-Flex, Limousin, Hereford, Red Angus and Simmental, sold for a record sale average of $2,805.

Top seller

The top selling bull was a Lim-Flex consigned by Jonah Broughton of Attica, N.Y. This heavily-muscled bull sold for $4,900.

The top-indexing Angus bull, a high-gaining consignment from Lance and Sheila Kauf of West Sunbury, Pa., sold for $3,800.

Averages for the 2011 Performance Bull Test Sale were:

50 Angus bulls – $3,020.

Lim Flex bull – $4,900.

Limousin bull – $1,800.

Five Hereford bulls – $2,370.

Four Red Angus bulls – $2,700.

20 Simmental bulls – $2,345.

Testing

All bulls sold in the 2011 performance tested sale completed a 112-day test at the Pennsylvania Livestock Evaluation Center, which evaluated bulls on average daily gain, carcass traits and feed efficiency.

Following the testing period, the bulls were ultrasonically scanned for loin-eye area, marbling and fat thickness and given breeding soundness exams. All information was available to buyers at the sale.

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