​80 Bulls, Plus Bred Heifers to be Auctioned

Picture of a man examining a bull
More than 80 bulls, plus an offering of bred heifers, will be auctioned at the 2019 UT Bull Test Sale on January 25. The sale will be held at the Middle Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center. Prospective buyers can preview bulls at an Open House the day before the sale. Photo by G. Rowsey, courtesy UTIA.

SPRING HILL, Tenn. – The University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture will host the Bull Test Sale on Friday, January 25, 2019.  More than 80 bulls will be sold at the public auction, which begins at 11 a.m. 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 and Charolais.

New this year, an offering of bred heifers from the UT Beef Heifer Development Center will be sold. 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.

Since the sale will coincide with the Tennessee Cattlemen’s Convention and Trade Show in nearby Murfreesboro, Tennessee, convention attendees will have a chance to bid on UT bulls at the convention site. More information on the convention can be found at 

Prospective buyers can also stream the sale online at 
LiveAuctions.TV, or bid on bulls from a TeleVideo site located at the Greene County Extension office in Greeneville, Tennessee.

For an opportunity to preview the bulls featured in the sale, stop by the Bull Test Center Open House on Thursday, January 24, 2019 beginning at 1 p.m. CST.

All bulls in the sale have 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 2018-19 High Gain Award goes to a consignment from T & S Farms in Pikeville, Tennessee. This Quaker Hill Rampage-sired Angus finished the test with an average daily weight gain of 5.88 pounds. He scored an off-test weight of 1,430 pounds and a 6.1 frame score. As a class, the bulls averaged a daily gain rate of 4.08 pounds.

The purpose of the Bull Testing Station is to provide a standard, impartial post-weaning gain test that will furnish records that 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. 



David Kirkpatrick, UT Extension beef specialist, 865-974-7294, 

Ginger Rowsey, UTIA Marketing and Communications, 731-425-4768,