The beef bulls on performance test at Oklahoma Panhandle State University were weighed Nov. 5. Through 28 days of the 112 day test, the bulls have an overall average daily gain of 3.69 pounds. At the end of the test, measurements will be made on the frame score, scrotal circumference, semen characteristics, fat thickness, rib-eye area and marbling in the rib eye. Expected progeny differences will be computed on most of the bulls for calving ease, weaning weight, yearling weight and milk production on their heifer offspring. This performance data is available for the producer's evaluation of their cattle and for use by prospective buyers in their bull selection. The top end of these bulls will be consigned to the 60th Annual OPSU Performance Tested Bull Sale. The sale is set for Feb. 20 at 1 p.m. in the England Activity Building, University Farm, Goodwell, Okla. The bulls are being cared for by OPSU student employees: Gideon Busienei, Kenya; Tina Ferguson, New Lenox Ill.; Jacob Edmond, Stratford, Texas; Tyler O'Hara, Goodwell, Okla.; and Jake Engelman, Nathrop, Colo.
In the junior age division, the top pen of bulls with an ADG of 4.38 lbs. is consigned by Wink Farms, Panhandle, Texas. Hollon Angus, Woodward, Okla., has the second place junior pen with an ADG of 4.27 lbs. on three Angus sired by LD Predestined 827. In third place is a pen of three Angus consigned by OPSU. These bulls with an ADG of 4.18 lbs. are sired by B&M Right Time 667. The top individual junior age bull with an ADG of 5.82 lbs is consigned by B&M Angus, Edmond, Okla. The bull is a son of Spur USPB 6401. In the senior age division, a pen of three Angus consigned by Mindemann Angus, Apache, Okla., leads the way with an ADG of 4.73 lbs. These bulls were sired by JDD Midland 785. In second place is a pen of three OPSU Angus with an ADG of 4.24 lbs. These bulls are sons of GAR OAF 112 7041G. Brookshire Angus, Cyril, Okla., has the third place pen with an ADG of 3.95 lbs. on four Angus representing the sires: SAV Bismarck 5682, BC Marathon 7022, DDD in Focus and BF Northern Traveler 807. Joey Fields, Cashion, Okla., has the top senior age bull with an A.D.G. of 6.14 lbs. on an Angus sired by Spur USPB 6401. Those interested in following the performance of the bulls through the test can contact Gwen Martin, Animal Science Department, OPSU, at 580-349-1500 to be placed on the mailing list to receive the performance reports.
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