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**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, OK.

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.

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