Event Will Showcase More Than 100 Bulls; Sale Dates Announced

UT Bull Test Open House

Visitors to the Bull Test Open House, held at the UT Middle Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center in Spring Hill, Tenn., can preview all 135 bulls that will be auctioned during the 2015 Senior and Junior Bull Test sales. Photo of previous Bull Test by G. Rowsey, courtesy UTIA. Download image.


SPRING HILL, Tenn. – The Middle Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center (MTREC), a facility operated by University of Tennessee AgResearch, will host the annual UT Bull Test Station Open House on Thursday, December 11, 2014.  The event offers visitors a chance to view 135 bulls that will be featured in the upcoming Senior and Junior Bull Test sales.  There is no cost to attend and lunch will be provided.

The open house begins at 9:30 a.m. CST with an educational program that includes the following speakers:

  Jack Ward, COO and Director of Performance Programs, American Hereford Association
  Tom Short, Genetics Specialist, Zoetis
  Gary Bates, Director of the UT Beef and Forage Center, UT Institute of Agriculture
  Sierra Lockwood, graduate student, UT Department of Animal Science

Following the program, visitors can observe all the bulls participating in the performance tests.  Featured breeds include Angus, Hereford, Gelbvieh, Simmental and Santa Gertrudis.  Bulls that pass the test’s standards in weight gain, frame size and reproductive soundness will be sold at a public auction at MTREC.  The Senior Bull Test sale is scheduled for January 15, 2015.  The Junior Bull Test Sale will take place on March 12, 2015.

The open house will conclude with an industry-sponsored lunch.  For more information, including directions to MTREC, 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 in the UT AgResearch system. Each of the 10 outdoor laboratories are operated at strategic climate and topographical locations throughout the state.  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, UT Department of Animal Science, 865-974-3190, fkirkpat@utk.edu

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