Bulls Weighed for 61st Annual Beef Bull Performance Test

—Submitted by Gwen Martin on 10/08/2012 Goodwell, Okla.—The beef bulls consigned to the 61st Annual OPSU Bull Performance Test were weighed on test Saturday, October 6, 2012.

Cooperators participating this year are: B&M Angus, Edmond, Okla.; Heath Cain, Tyrone, Okla.; Bob Chaffin, Davis, Okla.; Kevin Chaffin, Davis, Okla.; Glen Elliott, Burlington, Okla.; H&H Simmentals, Weatherford, Okla.; John Heckendorn, J.C. Angus Ranch, Moriarity, N.M.; R. J. Hollon, Woodward, Okla.; Steve Kinser, Hugoton, Kan.; Phil Light, Turpin, Okla.; Howard McCall, Albuquerque, N.M.; OPSU, Goodwell, Okla.; Al Rutledge, Stillwater, Okla.; Patrick Sanchez, Belen, N.M.; Don Smith, Hart, Texas; Larry Weinkauf, Orlando, Okla.; Wink Farms, Panhandle, Texas; and Andrea Woolley, Spearman, Texas. Breeds represented include Angus, Belgian Blue, Beef Master and Simmental.

Students working on the test are Craig Bohl, Ulysses, Kan.; Gideon Busienei, Kenya; Heather Crow, Lahoma, Okla.; Chris Malone, Ulysses, Kan.; and Roger Unwin, Pritchett, Colo.

The test runs for 112 days during which data will be collected on the bulls' average daily gain, feed intake and efficiency on a pen basis, and weight-per-day-of-age. The adjusted 205 day weaning weight is also recorded. Other data collected on the bulls includes frame score, scrotal circumference, semen quality, fat thickness, rib eye area and marbling score.

The test ends January 26, 2013 and the top 70 bulls will sell in the 61st Annual OPSU Bull Test Sale on February 18, 2013. Those interested in following the performance of the bulls during the test can contact Gwen Martin at (580) 349-1500 or e-mail gwen@opsu.edu.

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