University of Tennessee Junior Bull Test auction slated for March 6

Middle Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center Bull Test Station

Kevin Thompson, director of the Middle Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center, shows off the 2014 Bull Test Station. Photo by G. Rowsey, UTIA.

SPRING HILL, Tenn. – Sixty-five Angus, Santa Gertrudis, Simmangus and Simmental bulls will be sold at the University of Tennessee Junior Bull Test Sale to be held on Thursday, March 6, at noon at the Middle Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center.

Having recently completed the 84-day gain test, these bulls have met strict qualifications in average daily weight gain. This class gained an average of 4.46 pounds per day. The high-gaining bull, an Angus consigned by Mills Angus of Cookeville, put on an average of 5.71 pounds per day, finishing with a yearling weight of 1,310 pounds and a frame score of 6.7.

Complete test reports are available online at

Catalogs and additional information can also be found at UT Extension offices located in every county in the state, or by contacting Dr. David Kirkpatrick at 865-974-7294 or email at
You may also contact the Middle Tennessee AgResearch Center office at 931-486-2129.

The Junior Bull Test Sale is a public auction. All bulls are between the ages of 12-15 months, and represent breeding programs from purebred herds across Tennessee. Prospective buyers will have the opportunity to bid on these outstanding bulls at the Bull Test Station or at the two TeleVideo centers located at the Knoxville Livestock Center and the 4-H Camp 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.

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.



Dr. F. David Kirkpatrick, UTIA Department of Animal Science, 865-974-3190,

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