Having recently completed the 84-day gain test, these bulls have met strict qualifications in average daily weight gain. This class gained an average of 4.51 pounds per day, with the high-gaining bull putting on an average of 5.99 pounds per day.
In addition to weight gain performance, these bulls are also monitored for reproductive soundness.
Complete test reports are available online at http://middletennessee.tennessee.edu/research/. A video copy of these reports can also be found online at http://animalscience.ag.utk.edu/beef/BulltestingProgram.html or at UT Extension offices across the state.
For catalogs and additional information, contact F. David Kirkpatrick at 865-974-7294 or e-mail at [email protected].
The Junior Bull Test Sale is a public auction. All bulls are between the ages of 12-15 months, and represent breeding programs from purebred herds in Tennessee, Alabama and North Carolina. Prospective buyers will have the opportunity to bid on these outstanding bulls at the station or at the two TeleVideo centers located at the Knoxville Livestock Center and the 4-H Camp in Greenville.
The purpose of the Bull Testing Station is to provide a standard, impartial post-weaning gain test that will furnish records which will be useful in breeding programs. The Station also provides a market for completely performance-tested bulls and serves as an educational tool for beef cattle improvement.
The Middle Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center is one of 10 outdoor laboratories operated by UT AgResearch, a division of the UT Institute of Agriculture. In addition to its agricultural research programs, the UT Institute of Agriculture also provides instruction, research and public service through the UT College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, the UT College of Veterinary Medicine and UT Extension offices in every county in the state.