Tour the facility and preview bulls on Dec. 12


Bulls on test at the UT MTREC

These bulls are completing the performance test at the Middle Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center in Spring Hill, Tenn. Preview the entire class of bulls and hear special presentations from University of Tennessee and industry experts at the UT Bull Test Center Open House on Dec. 12. Photo by G. Rowsey, courtesy UTIA. Download photo.



SPRING HILL, Tenn. – The University of Tennessee Central Bull Evaluation Center will host an open house on Thursday, Dec.12, beginning at 9:45 a.m. The Bull Evaluation Center is housed at the Middle Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center in Spring Hill.

Visitors to the open house will have the opportunity to view the 175 bulls currently completing the performance test. This test measures each bull’s weight gain, frame size and reproductive soundness and will provide useful records for future consignors. Breeds represented in the test include Angus, Charolais, Hereford, Santa Gertrudis, Simmental and Simmangus.

All bulls that pass the performance test standards will be sold at one of two upcoming public auctions.  The Senior Bull Test Sale takes place on Jan. 23, 2014. The Junior Bull Test Sale is slated for March 6, 2014. Both sales will take place at the Middle Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center.

The open house on Dec. 12 will also include an educational program led by experts from the university and industry. Tonya Amen of the American Angus Association will speak about managing genetic defects and conditions. Rodney Schoenbine with Zoetis (formerly Pfizer) will cover utilization of DNA technology, and the newly appointed UT Extension Veterinarian, Dr. Lew Strickland, will speak on the incidence of trichomoniasis in beef cattle.

Following the program, visitors will be treated to a complimentary lunch sponsored by various agribusinesses. For more information, including directions to the center, visit
http://middle.tennessee.edu or call 931-486-2129.

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.

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Contacts:

Dr. F. David Kirkpatrick, UTIA Department of Animal Science, 865-974-3190,
fkirkpat@utk.edu

Ginger Trice Rowsey, UTIA Marketing and Communications, 731-425-4768, gtrice@tennessee.edu