OPSU performance test bulls weighed
The beef bulls on performance test at Oklahoma Panhandle State University were weighed Nov. 9.
Through 28 days of the 112-day test, the bulls have an overall average daily gain of 4.18 pounds and a weight-per-day-of-age of 2.92 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 62nd Annual Performance Tested Bull Sale. The sale is set for Feb. 24, 2014, at 1 p.m. (CST) in the England Activity Building, University Farm, Goodwell, Okla.
The bulls are being cared for by OPSU student employees: Gideon Busienei, Kenya; Beau and Brady Ewton, Whitesboro, Texas; and Nathan Johnson of Longmont, Colo.
In the junior age division, the top pen of bulls with an ADG of 4.63 lbs. and a WDA of 3.11 lbs. is consigned by JC Angus of Moriarty, N.M. The top junior bull with an ADG of 5.96 lbs. and a WDA of 3.11 lbs. is consigned by Russell Fields of Cashion, Okla. The bull’s sire is SAV Mandan 5664.
In the senior age division, the top pen of bulls with an ADG of 5.65 lbs. and a WDA of 3.15 lbs. is consigned by B&M Angus of Edmond, Okla. B&M Angus also has the top gaining senior bull with an ADG of 6.75 lbs. This bull’s sire is Sydgen Mandate 6079.
The next weigh-day is Dec. 7, and those interested in following the performance of the bulls through the test can contact Gwen Martin, OPSU Animal Science Department, at 580-349-1500 to be placed on the mailing list to receive the performance reports.