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Jerry Martin, Beef Bull Test Director, back left, introduces OPSU students who worked with the consigned bulls as auctioneer Eddie Sims (back right) looks over the crowd. In front from left to right, John Ward of Ramona, Okla., Cody Cox of Chugwater, Wyo., Rebecca Reich of Dayton, Wyo., and Bryant Weber from Woodward, Okla. - Campus Communications photo

**For Immediate Release**
Bull Sale Summary
-released by OPSU Campus Communications 02-24-2006

Goodwell, Okla. - Oklahoma Panhandle State University held its 54th Performance Tested Bull sale on Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2006. Long time OPSU bull test auctioneer Eddie Sims of Elgin presided over the bidding, and the 68 bulls sold brought a total of $175,600, an average of $2,582 per head.

The top-selling 25 bulls averaged $3,298. An Angus bull consigned by Phil Light of Turpin sold for $4,500, which placed him as the top seller. Purchased by Loyd Moore, Inc. of Oberlin, Kan., the bull was sired by SS Traveler 6807 T510. The second-highest selling bull, a son of SA Neutron 377 and consigned by Tim Meier of Hitchcock, sold to Circle Dot Ranch in Mobeetie, Texas for $4,100. Another Angus consigned by Light, a son of Rito 616 of 4B206807 sold to Bob B. Zimmer of Gruver, Texas for $4,000.

Breed Averages for the Sale
 
Angus, 60 hd.
$2,580
Red Angus, 2 hd.
2,800
Maine-Anjou, 2 hd.
2,000
Simmental, 4 hd.
2,788

Several producers were recognized including H&H Simmentals of Weatherford for producing the highest-gaining junior bull, Leroy Mindemann from Apache for consigning the top-gaining junior pen, Al Rutledge of Stillwater for the highest-gaining senior pen, Larry Weinkauf of Orlando for having bulls with the highest weight-per-day-of-age average, and B&M Angus of Edmond for the top-gaining bull on test.

For more information or for a complete report on all of the bulls in the 54th annual Beef Bull Performance Test and sale, please contact Jerry Martin at 580-349-1512.

A different sort of recognition took place prior to the start of the auction. During his welcoming remarks, OPSU President Dave Bryant announced that Dr. Jerry Martin, Bull Test Director, and wife Gwen were celebrating their 53rd wedding anniversary that day as well as Gwen’s birthday. Dr. Bryant honored the couple for their contributions over the 39 years both have been employed at OPSU. Jerry has managed what is believed to be the oldest consecutively held beef bull performance test in the U.S. since 1980 when Milt England retired. Gwen is the secretary in the Ag Department, and Jerry instructs animal science classes. In addition to teaching, Jerry served as the inaugural Dean of Agriculture from the time the department started in 1970 through 1994. He has also served as Athletic Director and was active in OPSU athletics at the scorer’s table for years. The couple also served as cheerleading sponsors for 10 years. Throughout their long and varied careers at OPSU, both Jerry and Gwen remain two of the university’s finest employees.

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Working on her birthday, Gwen Martin pauses for a photo beside flowers given to her on behalf of OPSU to celebrate her and Jerry's 53rd wedding anniversary, also on Feb. 22. - Campus Communications photo

 

 

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