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An Angus sire group is leading all 52 groups in feedlot gain and feed conversion, at the 79-day point of the Great Western Beef Expo's 30th annual progeny testing program, in Sterling, CO.

These Angus-sired steers, entered by Schurrtop Angus and Charolais, Maywood, NE, posted a 4.73 average daily gain, with a feed conversion of 4.42 pounds of feed per pound of gain. These steers were sired by the Angus bull 2928 and out of Angus dams.

The Great Western Beef Expo steers responded well to the favorable weather, with excellent gains and feed conversion ratios for the first 79 days of the annual beef sire progeny test.

The 256 animals in the test gained an overall average of 3.76 pounds per steer per day, after deducting a 4% pencil shrink. The average feed conversion ratio was one pound of gain per 5.25 pounds of feed.

The top 10 groups in feed conversion represented six different breeds of sires: Angus, South Devon, Charolais, Maine-Anjou, Gelbvieh and Braunvieh. Five breeds are included in the top 10 in feedlot gain: Angus, Charolais, South Devon, Simmental and Salers.

The top 10 pens in feed conversion are Schurrtop Angus and Charolais, Maywood, NE, Angus, one pound of gain per 4.42 pounds of feed; Garretts Braunvieh, Kiowa, CO, Braunvieh, 1:4.49; Schurrtop Angus and Charolais, Charolais, 1:4.50; Schurrtop Angus and Charolais, Angus, 1:4.59; San Juan Basin Research Center, Hesperus, CO, Angus, 1:4.75: Fleetwood Acres, Kiowa, CO, Maine-Anjou, 1:4.75; Ed and Bev Summers and Sons, Crook, CO, Angus, 1:4.76; French Charolais Ranch, Mullen, NE, Charolais, 1:4.78; Campbell Ranch, McIntosh, SD, South Devon, 1:4.78; and Haglund Ranch, Brockway, MT, Gelbvieh, 1:4.83.

The top 10 pens in gain are Schurrtop Angus and Charolais, Angus, 4.73 pounds per day; Schurrtop Angus and Charolais, Charolais, 4.59; DeBruycker Charolais, Dutton, MT, Charolais, 4.31; San Juan Basin Research Center, Angus, 4.28; Schurrtop Angus and Charolais, Angus, 4.23; X 7 Ranch, Merino, CO, Simmental, 4.23; Ritchey Charolais, Hudson, CO, Charolais, 4.22; Malm Ranch, Albin, WY, Salers, 4.15; Campbell Ranch, McIntosh, SD, South Devon, 4.13; and Weaver Ranch, Fort Collins, CO, Angus, 4.12.

All 52 pens are on "display," 17 miles south of Sterling, at the test center. Feedlot gain and feed conversion rates are posted for each pen. Ed Hatch, herdsman, is available to answer any questions a producer may have.

The Great Western Beef Expo board of directors will be hosting a field day at the test center Friday, April 28. More details will be made available later.

For a copy of the current weight report or to be added to the Great Western Beef Expo mailing list, please call David Colburn, test coordinator, Logan County Cooperative Extension, at 970-522-3200, or write to the Great Western Beef Expo, 508 South 10th Ave, Suite 1, Sterling, CO 80751.

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