35th Annual Performance Tested Bull Sale Approaches
LARGEST TEST SALE EVER - HELD ON MARCH 28
AT THE LIVESTOCK EVALUATION CENTER
Held in Conjunction with Pennsylvania Beef
Pennsylvania Furnace, PA. – The Pennsylvania Department of
Agriculture will hold the 35th Annual Performance Tested Bull Sale on Friday, March
28 at noon, at the Samuel E. Hayes, Jr. Livestock Evaluation Center, in conjunction
with the 19th Annual Pennsylvania Beef Expo.
“For 35 years, the Pennsylvania Bull Testing Program has been an excellent opportunity
for producers to gauge the quality of stock for farms prior to purchase,” said Agriculture
Secretary Dennis Wolff. “With many excellent animals on test now, the sale
will be the largest performance tested bull sale ever offered, and I encourage producers
to take advantage of this worthy program.”
This year, 116 bulls representing eight different beef breeds, including Simmental,
Limousin, Angus, Hereford, Red Angus, Charolais, Lim-Flex, and Crossbred, will be
offered at the sale. All bulls were evaluated on rate of gain, muscling, composition
of gain, (fat thickness and marbling) and breeding soundness as part of the performance
bull testing program.
Leading the sale is the high-indexing Simmental bull consigned by Kenley Myers of
Dallastown, Pa. This high-capacity, heavily muscled bull leads the Simmental
breed in average daily gain with 6.00 pounds per day. The second Simmental
bull is a consignment from Caitlin Wolfgang of Middletown, Pa. The Simmental
breed is represented by 23 excellent bulls.
The top-indexing Angus bull is consigned by Robert Work of Smock, Pa. This
thick-muscled bull finished test with an average daily gain of 5.54 pounds per day
and has an adjusted loin-eye area of 16.9 square inches. The second Angus
bull is a consignment of Hannah Grim of East Berlin, Pa. This big, deep-bodied
bull has an adjusted loin area of 17.6 inches. Sixty-nine Angus bulls with
incredible performance data will sell and thirteen are listed as calving ease bulls.
Eleven excellent Hereford bulls from Pennsylvania and New York will be in the sale.
The top indexing Hereford bull, consigned by Zane Hausner of Thomasville, Pa., registered
tremendous performance gaining 5.13 pounds per day. Following in the sale
is a Hereford bull, consigned by Jack Abrams of Livingston Manor, N.Y., which recorded
an adjusted yearling weight of 1574 pounds.
Two Limousin and two Lim-Flex consignments are included in the sale, including two
bulls consigned by Nathan and James Baker of Commodore, Pa., and two bulls consigned
by Jim Delaplaine of Three Springs, Pa. These Limousin bulls posted gains
as high as 4.71 pounds per day on test and loin areas as high as 20 square inches.
One Crossbred (Simmental and Angus) bull will be featured in the sale. This
correct, heavily muscled bull, consigned by Leon Tice of New Enterprise, Pa., posted
gains of 5.40 pounds per day gain and has a 16.9 square inch loin eye area.
The lone Charolais bull in the sale is an outstanding representative of the breed.
This calving ease, docile bull was consigned by John Myers of York, Pa.
The seven Red Angus in the sale are led by the fastest gaining bull of all breeds.
This wide-made, deep-bodied bull consigned by Wade Vonada of Mill Hall, Pa., maintained
6.02 pounds per day average daily gain through the 112-day testing period.
This son of Pie Avalanche 381 also has a tremendous adjusted 365 day weight of 1592
All bulls to be sold in the 2008 performance tested sale have completed a 112-day
test at the Livestock Evaluation Center. This test evaluates bulls on average
daily gain, carcass traits and feed efficiency. Following the testing period,
the bulls were ultrasonically scanned for loin-eye area, marbling and fat thickness
and given breeding soundness exams.
Following the bull sale, the Pennsylvania Simmental Association will hold a female
Simmental breeding cattle sale. In addition, the 19th Annual PA Beef Expo
will feature educational programs and events, including a trade show for the beef
industry, a large junior show, and a junior quiz bowl and skill-a-thon.
The Pennsylvania Bull Performance Testing Program is sponsored by the Pennsylvania
Department of Agriculture to promote a higher level of performance genetics within
the beef industry. The selection for economically important traits in the
beef industry can benefit the producer and the consumer through a higher-quality
more efficient product.
All performance information, including expected progeny differences (EPD’s), are
listed in the 2008 Pennsylvania Performance Bull Sale Catalog, available online
www.agriculture.state.pa.us. For a hard copy of the catalog, please
contact Glenn Eberly at 814-238-2527 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information on the Livestock Evaluation Center, visit the Center’s
Web site at www.agriculture.state.pa.us/lec.
Video of the bulls can be viewed in mid March at: www.das.psu.edu/das/beef/bull-sale
The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture’s Samuel E. Hayes, Jr. Livestock Evaluation
Center measures genetic traits for cattle, swine, sheep, and meat goats for two
purposes: to benefit producers in evaluating economically important traits, and
to benefit consumers by providing wholesome, high quality products at an affordable