**For Immediate Release**
Beef Bull Test Update
-released by OPSU Campus Communications 12-07-06
Goodwell, Okla. — The beef bulls in the 55th Annual Beef Performance Test at the OPSU Central Testing Station were weighed Saturday, December 2. Halfway through the 112-day testing period, 20% of the bulls have gained over 5.0 lbs. per day. Two bulls of the 122 head on test have gained over 6.0 lbs. per day. Seven of the bulls have a weight-per-day-of-age (WDA) of over 4.0 lbs. The bulls complete the 112 day test Saturday, January 27, 2007.
A Simmental bull owned by Harold Gwartney, Cheyenne, Okla. leads the junior age bulls with an average daily gain (ADG) of 5.86 lbs. The bull is a son of 734-57. Larry Weinkauf, Orlando, Okla. has the second ranked junior at 5.59 lbs. per day on a Circle S 598 Bando 1037 sired son. In third place at 5.50 lbs. is an Angus son of Mytty in Focus consigned by Phil Light, Turpin, Okla.
Light’s pen of four Angus, with an ADG of 4.61 lbs., leads the junior pen division. Two of the bulls are sired by N Bar Prime Time D806 and two are sons of Summitcrest High Prime OH29. Tim Meier of Hitchcock, Okla. has the second place pen at 4.58 lbs. on four Angus, all sired by Bar M Foreman M4. Leroy and Travis Mindemann, Apache, Okla., have a pen of five Angus at 4.42 lbs. Three of these bulls are by the Empirette Provement sire and two are sired by SCAR Thunder 304.
The two bulls with ADGs over 6.0 lbs. are senior age bulls consigned by Al Rutledge, Stillwater, Okla. His 12-1 test number is a son of GAR Expectation 4915 and his 12-4 test number is a son of C. A. Future Direction 5321. Tim Meier’s test number 23-3, sired by GAR New Design 9391, is in third place with an ADG of 5.70 lbs.
Rutledge’s pen of four Angus leads the senior pen division with an ADG of 5.55 lbs. In second place at 5.13 lbs. is a pen of four Angus consigned by B&M Angus, Edmond, Okla. These bulls are all sired by TC Foreman 016.
The most efficient junior pen in converting feed to gain is Tim Meier’s pen 21 with a feed to gain ratio of 5.27:1. The senior bulls are led by Al Rutledge’s pen 12 with a feed to gain ratio of 5.60:1.
The top end of these bulls will be consigned to the 55th Annual OPSU Performance Tested Bull Sale. The sale is set for Wednesday, February 28, 2007 at 1:00 p.m. (CST) in the England Activity Building, University Farm, Goodwell, Okla.
Those interested in following the performance of the bulls through the test may contact Gwen Martin, Animal Science Department, OPSU (580) 349-1500 to be placed on the mailing list to receive the performance reports.