**For Immediate Release**
Initial Gains Reported in Bull Test
-released by OPSU Campus Communications 11-08-2006
Goodwell, OK - Through the first 28 days of the 55th Annual Beef Bull Performance Test at OPSU, the 122 head of bulls have an overall average daily gain (ADG) of 4.35 lbs. and a weight-per-day-of-age (WDA) of 3.20 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 (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 55th Annual OPSU Performance Tested Bull Sale. This sale is set for Wednesday, February 28, 2007 at 1:00 p.m. (CST) in the England Activity Building, University Farm, Goodwell, Okla. The bulls are being cared for by OPSU student employees John Ward, Ramona, Okla.; Ty LaRue, Ponca City, Okla.; Terry McSparrin, Colony, Okla.; and Bryant Weber, Woodward, Okla.
In the junior age division, the top pen of bulls is Phil Light’s pen of four Angus with an ADG of 5.12 lbs. He also has the second ranked pen on an ADG of 5.02 lbs. In third place with an ADG of 4.74 lbs. is a pen of four Angus consigned by Tim Meier, Hitchcock, Okla. All four of these bulls are sired by Bar M Foreman M4.
In the senior age division, the top pen of bulls is Al Rutledge’s pen of four Angus with an ADG of 5.32 lbs. Leroy Mindemann, Apache, Okla. has the second place pen at 5.14 lbs. on four Angus. In third place with an ADG of 5.07 lbs. is the pen of three Angus consigned by Bob Chaffin, Davis, Okla.
Individually, Phil Light’s junior age Angus bull #17-4 sired by N Bar Prime Time D806 leads the way with an ADG of 6.39 lbs. Al Rutledge’s senior age Angus bull #12-1 sired by GAR Expectation 4915 leads this age division with an ADG of 6.50 lbs.
The bulls’ diet consists of dry rolled corn and oats, cottonseed hulls, alfalfa hay, molasses and supplement. On an as-fed basis, it is a 70:30 concentrate:roughage diet containing approximately 13.5 percent protein. Through the first 28 days, the bulls have also been fed a small amount of grass hay.
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.