New Testing Procedures Provide Incentives for Buyers

More than 90 bulls will be auctioned Thursday, January 21, 2016, at the Middle Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center Sale Arena. The sale begins at noon CST. Photo by G. Rowsey, courtesy​ UTIA. Download image.

SPRING HILL, Tenn. – The University of Tennessee will auction more than 90 performance-tested bulls at the upcoming Senior Bull Test Sale on Thursday, January 21, 2016. The sale will take place at noon at the Middle Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center in Spring Hill.

All bulls to be auctioned have recently passed the Senior Bull Test, which measures weight gain, frame and breeding soundness. This class of 96 bulls includes 86 Angus, six Hereford, two Simmangus and two Simmental. All bulls have passed the test’s strict requirements. Top-gaining honors went to an Angus consignment from Alheit Farm in Burns, Tennessee. The bull averaged a gain rate of 5.69 pounds per day.

All bulls in the sale have also undergone DNA testing that can improve the accuracy of genetic predictions, allowing producers who purchase these bulls to make better breeding and management decisions for their herds. This testing will also qualify buyers for an additional $400 in cost-share reimbursement from the Tennessee Agricultural Enhancement Program.

Sale catalogs are now available online, or you can pick one up at your local county UT Extension office. Catalogs will also be provided at the sale. Additionally, lunch will be available.

n addition to the live auction at the Middle Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center, two tele-video sites will be provided at the Clyde Austin 4-H Center in Greeneville and the Knoxville Livestock Center.

For questions, contact Dr. David Kirkpatrick at 865-974-7294, or call the Middle Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center at 931-486-2129. The Center is located on Highway 31 between Spring Hill and Columbia.

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

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