OPSU Bull Test reaches 84 day mark
The 98 head of beef bulls on performance test at the Oklahoma Panhandle State Central Testing Station have completed 84 days of the 112 day testing period. At this point in the test, the bulls have an average daily gain of 4.93 pounds and a weight-per-day-of-age of 3.39 pounds. Forty two percent of the bulls have gained over five pounds per day. The bulls were also scanned for carcass traits, ribeye area, marbling score and fat thickness. They will be weighed off test Jan. 31 and the top 70 head will sell in the 57th Annual Performance Tested Bull Sale, Feb. 23.
Phil Light's Angus bull 21-1, a son of Morgans Direction 111 9901, leads the junior age bulls with an ADG of 6.14 pounds. An Angus consigned by B&M Angus, Edmond, Okla., is second with an ADG of 5.76 pounds. The bull is sired by Rito 2 878 of 2536 BVND 878. In third place with an ADG of 5.75 pounds is Gary McPherson's 23-1 Angus bull sired by TC Precision 308.
In the junior pen division, Phil Light's pen of four Angus is in the top spot with an ADG of 5.25 pounds. Three of these bulls are sons of the GAR Retail Product sire and the other is a son of GAR 1407 New Design 5022. Another Phil Light pen of four Angus is second with an ADG of 5.15 pounds. Sires represented are Morgans Direction 111 9901, Mytty in Focus and GAR 1407 New Design 5022. The third place junior pen at 5.10 lbs ADG is a pen of three Angus consigned by B&M Angus. Two of the bulls are sons of Rito 2 878 of 2536 BVND 878 and the other is sired by SAV 8180 Traveler 004.
Al Rutledge, Stillwater, Okla., has the top gaining senior-age bull with an ADG of 7.19 pounds on an Angus sired by GAR Retail Product. Larry Weinkauf, Orlando, Okla., has the second and third ranked senior bulls with ADG's of 6.93 and 6.42 pounds, repectively. Both Angus bulls were sired by GAR H141 Precision 7893.
Larry Weinkauf also leads the senior age pen division on four Angus with an ADG of 5.86 pounds. All are sons of GAR Precision 7893. M&S Cattle, Dover, Okla., and Gary McPherson, Watonga, Okla., are tied for second place with ADG's of 5.63 pounds, respectively. In M&S's pen of three Angus are two sons of SA Neutron 377 and a son of Rito 616 of 4B20 6807. In Gary McPherson's pen of three Angus are two sons of TC Foreman 016 and a son of B/R New Frontier 095.
The 57th Annual Performance Tested Bull Sale is set for Feb. 23 at 1 p.m., in the England Activity Building, University Farm, Goodwell, Okla. Those interested in the performance reports and a sale catalog can contact Gwen Martin, animal Science, Department, OPSU 580-349-1500, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or fax 580-349-1501.