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**For Immediate Release**
Bulls Weighed for 54th Annual Beef Bull Performance Test
-released by OPSU Campus Communications 10-11-05

The Annual Beef Bull Performance Test at Oklahoma Panhandle State University, Goodwell, is underway for the 54th consecutive year. The bulls consigned to the test this year were officially weighed on test October 8, 2005. There are 109 bulls consigned to the test this year, representing six beef breeds – Angus, Belgian Blue, Hereford, Maine-Anjou, Red Angus and Simmental. Fifteen cooperators from the states of Oklahoma and Kansas have bulls on test.

The test covers a period of 112 days during which data will be collected on each bull’s average daily gain, weight-per-day of age, frame score, scrotal circumference, fat thickness, rib eye area and marbling score. Feed efficiency is measured on a pen basis. The bulls are fed a growing ration consisting of rolled corn, rolled oats, chopped alfalfa, cottonseed hulls, molasses and protein supplement. Performance summaries will be reported at 28-day intervals during the test. The test will be completed January 28, 2006 and the 54th Annual Bull Sale is scheduled for Wednesday, February 22, 2006.

The OPSU Test Station has also initiated a heifer development program. Heifers that are consigned to the program are put on a growing ration, measured for growth, frame size, pelvic area, reproductive tract maturity, disposition and scanned for fat thickness, ribeye area and marbling score. The heifers will be synchronized and bred via artificial insemination to calving-ease bulls.

The bulls and heifers are being cared for by OPSU student employees including Rebecca Reich, Dayton, WY; Cody Cox, Chugwater, WY; Gary “Buddy” Curtis, Luther, OK; and Bryant Weber, Woodward, OK.

If you would like to be placed on the mailing list to receive the performance reports, please contact Gwen or Jerry Martin, Oklahoma Panhandle State University, P.O. Box 430, Goodwell, OK 73939, telephone (580) 349-1500, or e-mail gwen@opsu.edu.

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