More than 70 Bulls to be Auctioned

A prospective buyer examines bulls before a sale. UTIA's newest class of performance-tested bulls will be sold at public auction on Thursday, January 18, 2018, at the Middle Tennessee AgReseach and  Education Center. Additional off-site bidding will be available. Photo by G. Rowsey, courtesy UTIA. Download image.​​

SPRING HILL, Tenn. – The University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture will host the Bull Test Sale on Thursday, January 18, 2018.  More than 70 bulls will be sold at the public auction, which begins at noon CST at the Middle Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center.

The bulls featured in the sale come from some of the top breeding programs in the region. All have recently passed UTIA’s performance test, which measures each bull's weight gain, frame score and reproductive soundness.  The sale will feature primarily Angus bulls, but will also include SimAngus, Hereford, Simmental and Charolais.

All bulls in the sale have also undergone DNA testing that can improve the accuracy of genetic predictions, allowing producers who purchase these bulls to make better breeding and management decisions for their herds. This testing will also qualify buyers for an additional $400 in cost-share reimbursement from the Tennessee Ag Enhancement Program.
 
The High Gain Award went to a Mills Angus consignment that finished the test with an average daily gain of 6.73 pounds. He is a Quaker Hill Rampage-sired calf, and finished the test at a weight of 1,802 pounds and a 6.5 frame score. As a class, the bulls averaged a daily gain rate of 4.94 pounds.
 
Complete test reports and sale catalogs can be found online at middle.tennessee.edu, or you can pick up a catalog at any UT Extension office. Catalogs will also be provided at the sale.
 
This will be the only UT Bull Test Sale of 2018. It begins at noon CST.
 
Prospective buyers from East Tennessee who can’t make it to the auction site can enjoy the convenience of bidding on bulls at one of the two TeleVideo centers located at the University of Tennessee Animal Science Building in Knoxville and the Clyde Austin 4-H Center in Greeneville.
 
The purpose of the Bull Testing Station is to provide a standard, impartial post-weaning gain test that will furnish records that will be useful in breeding programs.  The Station also provides a market for completely performance-tested bulls and serves as an educational tool for beef cattle improvement. 
 
Through its mission of research, teaching and extension, the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture touches lives and provides Real. Life. Solutions. ag.tennessee.edu.
 
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Contacts: 
 
Dr. David Kirkpatrick, UT Extension, 865-974-7294, fkirkpat@utk.edu
 
Ginger Rowsey, UTIA Marketing and Communications, 731-425-4768, gtrice@tennessee.edu