UT to auction tested bulls

 The University of Tennessee will auction more than 70 performancetested bulls at the upcoming Senior Bull Test Sale on Thursday, Jan. 24. The sale will take place at noon at the Middle Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center near Spring Hill.

 All bulls to be auctioned have recently passed the Senior Bull Test, which measures weight gain, frame and breeding soundness. In this class, 73 bulls (71 Angus and two Charolais) passed the test’s strict requirements, with a class average daily weight gain of more than 4.5 pounds. Top-gaining honors went to a consignment from Rainbow Angus who averaged a gain rate of more than six pounds per day, finishing at 1460 pounds with a frame score of 6.3.

 In addition to the live auction at the Middle Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center, two televideo sites will be provided for the sale at the Clyde Austin 4-H Center in Greeneville and the Knoxville Livestock Center.

 Sale catalogs are available online at http://animalscience.ag.utk.edu/Beef/ BullTestingProgram.html, or pick one up at a local county UT Extension office. Catalogs will also be provided at the sale. Additionally, lunch will be available.

 For questions, contact Dr. David Kirkpatrick at 865-974-7294, or call the Middle Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center at 931-486-2129. The center is located on Highway 31 between Spring Hill and Columbia.

 The UT Bull Test Program is a cooperative effort between UT Extension, UT AgResearch, the UT College of Veterinary Medicine and the Tennessee Beef Cattle Improvement Association.

 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.

Posted on Monday, January 14, 2013 at 12:23 pm