**For Immediate Release**
Beef Bull Test Update
-released by OPSU Campus Communications 12-06-05
Goodwell, OK - The beef bulls in the 54th Annual Beef
Performance Test at the OPSU Central Testing Station were
weighed Saturday 12-03-05. Halfway through the 112 day
testing period, 37% of the bulls have gained over 5.0 lbs.
per day. The average daily gain (ADG) of all bulls on test
is 4.79 lbs, and the average weight-per-day-of-age (WDA)
is 3.39 lbs. The bulls complete the 112 day test Saturday,
January 28, 2006.
An Angus bull owned by M&S Cattle
Co., Dover, OK leads the junior age bulls with an ADG
of 6.54 lbs. The bull is a son of GAR New Design 9391.
Phil Light of Turpin, OK has the second ranked junior
at 6.43 lbs. per day on a SS Traveler 6807 T510 sired
son. Larry Weinkauf, Orlando, OK has the third place
junior bull with an ADG of 6.25 lbs. on a son of Circle
S 598 Bando 1037. An Angus bull, consigned by Leroy Mindemann,
Apache, OK, sired by Littlerobe Design 969, is in fourth
place with an ADG of 6.14 lbs.
Larry Weinkauf’s pen of three
Angus, all sons of Circle S598 Bando, have an average
WDA of 4.34 lbs. This is the highest WDA in the 54 year
history of the testing station.
Leroy Mindemann’s pen of three Angus with an ADG
of 5.78 lbs. leads the junior pen division. Two of these
bulls are sons of Littlerobe Design 969 and the other is
a son of Empirette JR Upshot. Larry Weinkauf’s pen
of Circle S598 Bando sons is second at 5.58 lbs. and a
pen of four Angus consigned by Tim Meier is in third place
with an ADG of 5.58 lbs. Two of these bulls are Bar M Foreman
M4 sons and two are GAR Grid Maker sons.
There are five senior age bulls over
six pounds per day. They are led by an Angus with ADG
of 6.86 lbs. This bull, consigned by Tim Meier of Hitchcock,
OK, is a son of Gar New Design 9391. B&M Angus, Edmond, OK has the second
place senior with an ADG of 6.66 lbs. on a B/R New Design
323-9150 sired son. Al Rutledge, Stillwater, OK has the
third ranked senior at 6.63 lbs. on a bull sired by Connealy
Lead On. Another B&M Angus sired by SAF Strategy 9015
is fourth with an ADG of 6.34 and Tim Meier’s SA
Neutron 377 sired son is fifth with an ADG of 6.20 lbs.
Tim Meier also leads the senior pen
division with an ADG of 5.86 lbs. on three Angus, all
sons of GAR New Design 9391. In second place is Al Rutledge’s pen of four
Angus at 5.70 lbs. Connealy Lead On, Rutledge New Design
296M, GAR Expectation 4915 and TC Stockman 365 are sires
represented in this pen. A B&M Angus pen of three bulls
is third with an ADG of 5.48 lbs. Two bulls in this pen
are sons of B/R New Design 323-9150 and one is a son of
B&M Traveler 236.
Larry Weinkauf’s pen of three Angus (Pen 29) is
the most efficient through 56 days in converting feed to
gain with a feed-to-gain ratio of 5.4:1. OPSU’s pen
of four Herefords (Pen 4) is second requiring 5.42 lbs
of as-fed feed per pound of gain. The senior bulls are
led by Tim Meier’s pen of three Angus (Pen 24) with
a feed-to-gain ratio of 5.78:1. In second, Al Rutledge’s
pen of four Angus posted a feed-to-gain ration of 5.89:1.
The top end of these bulls will be consigned to the 54th
Annual OPSU Performance Tested Bull Sale. The sale is set
for Wednesday, February 22, 2006 at 1:00 p.m. (CST) in
the England Activity Building, University Farm, Goodwell,
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.