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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Bull Test Program is a cooperative effort between UT Extension, UT AgResearch,
the UT College of Veterinary Medicine and the Tennessee Beef Cattle Improvement
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
Dr. F. David Kirkpatrick, UTIA Department of Animal Science, 865-974-3190, firstname.lastname@example.org
Trice Rowsey, UTIA Marketing and Communications, 731-425-4768, email@example.com