**For Immediate Release**
Beef Bull Test 28 Day Update
-released by OPSU Campus Communications 11-14-07
Submitted by Gwen Martin
Goodwell, Okla. - Through the first 28 days of the 56th Annual Beef Bull Performance Test at OPSU, the 86 head of bulls have an overall average daily gain (ADG) of 3.92 lbs. and a weight-per-day of age (WDA) of 3.05 lbs. At the end of the test, which runs for 112 days, measurements will be made on the frame size, scrotal circumference, semen characteristics, fat thickness, rib eye area, and marbling in the rib eye. Expected progeny differences (EPD) 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 56th Annual OPSU Performance Tested Bull Sale. This sale is set for Monday, February 25, 2008 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 Hillary Sherwood, Gunnison, CO; Bryant Weber, Woodward, OK; and Ben Coble of Felt, OK.
In the junior age division, the top pen of bulls is Phil Light’s pen of four Angus with an ADG of 5.16 lbs. These bulls are sired by Mitty in Focus. Larry Weinkauf, Orlando, OK has the second ranked pen with an ADG of 5.02 lbs. Another Phil Light pen of Angus sired by GAR Integrity is third with an ADG of 4.74 lbs.
In the senior age division, B&M Angus, Edmond, OK has the top pen with an ADG of 5.00 lbs. on three Angus, two sired by Rito 2VI of 2536 1407 and one sired by Hyline Right Time 338. Tim Meier’s pen of three Angus is second with an ADG of 4.60 lbs. Two of these bulls are sired by Bon View New Design 1407 and one by SAV 8180 Traveler 004. In third place is a pen of four Angus at 4.52 lbs., consigned by Stedje Livestock, Gruver, TX.
Individually, Phil Light’s junior age bull 20-2 sired by Mitty in Focus leads the way with an ADG of 6.14 lbs. This bull is followed by two Angus bulls of Larry Weinkauf at 5.93 and 5.86 lbs., respectively. B&M Angus’ senior age bull, 19-1 sired by Hyline Right Time 338, leads this age division with ADG of 5.89 lbs. This bull is followed by Tim Meier’s Angus bull 25-2 with an ADG of 5.79 and sired by GAR New Design 9391.
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.