Week Four Bull Test Update—Submitted by Gwen Martin on 11/09/2012 Goodwell, Okla.—The beef bulls on performance test at Oklahoma Panhandle State University were weighed Saturday, November 3, 2012.
Through 28 days of the 112-day test, the bulls have an overall average daily gain (ADG) of 4.32 lbs. At the end of the test, measurements will be made on the frame score, scrotal circumference, semen characteristics, fat thickness, rib-eye area and marbling in the rib eye. Expected progeny differences (EPDs) will be computed on most of the bulls for calving ease, weaning weight, yearling weight and milk production on their heifer offspring. This performance data is available for the producer's evaluation of their cattle and for use by prospective buyers in their bull selection. The top end of these bulls will be consigned to the 61st Annual Performance Tested Bull Sale. The sale is set for Monday, February 18, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. (CST) in the England Activity Building, University Farm, Goodwell, OK. The bulls are being cared for by OPSU student employees including Gideon Busienei, Kenya; Roger Unwin, Pritchett, Colo.; Craig Bohl, Ulysses, Kan.; Chris Malone, Ulysses, Kan.; and Heather Crow, Lahoma, Okla.
In the junior age division, the top pen of bulls with an ADG. of 4.87 lbs. is consigned by Phil Light, Turpin, Okla. These four Angus bulls are sired by Connealy Final Product. Three OPSU Angus bulls are in second place with an ADG of 4.86 lbs. The top individual junior age bull with an ADG of 6.82 lbs. is consigned by Phil Light and is sired by Connealy Final Product.
In the senior age division, B&M Angus of Edmond, Okla. and Howard McCall of Albuquerque, N.M. are tied for top honors on pens of Angus with ADGs of 5.10 lbs. H & H Simmentals of Weatherford, Okla. has the top senior age bull with an ADG of 6.50 lbs. on a Simmental sired by Flying B Cut Above.
Those interested in following the performance of the bulls through the test can contact Gwen Martin, Animal Science Department, OPSU (580) 349-1500 to be placed on the mailing list to receive the performance reports.