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GELBVIEH AND BALANCER BULLS SHINE AT EDISTO

A Gelbvieh bull from Cuffy Creek Farm in Pendleton, S.C., topped the 2006 Edisto Forage Test Bull sale near Blackville, S.C., selling for $4,100 to Baker Brothers Farm in Monroe, N.C. This Gelbvieh bull, sired by SLC Freedom 178F ET, was the heaviest Gelbvieh bull ever sold at Edisto weighing 1,950 pounds on sale day in mid-October. He is a January 21, 2005 bull that posted a 3.22 Weight per Day of Age (WDA) and a WDA ratio of 110, highest of the Gelbvieh entries.

The top Average Daily Gain (ADG) Gelbvieh bulls came from Hay Diddle Diddle Farm of Honea Path, S.C. A son of JRI Pld Grand Prix ET posted a 3.19 lbs/day gain with an ADG ratio of 114, while the KCF Bennett Ideal G182 son gained 3.17 lbs/day and also posted an ADG ratio of 114.

Black Crest Farm of Sumter, S.C., had the top WDA Balancer bull at 2.98 lbs/day with a WDA ratio of 104. Broad River Gelbvieh of Lavonia, Ga., posted the second highest WDA Balancer bull with a 2.92 lbs/day WDA and ratio of 102. Jo-Lyn Farm of Bowersville, Ga., had the high ADG Balancer bull with an entry posting a 2.93 lbs/day gain and a ratio of 104. Rolling Fields Farm of Edgefield, S.C., equaled those numbers with a Balancer bull posting a 2.92 lbs/day ADG and a ratio of 104.

The Balancer and Gelbvieh bulls topped the test for average weight. The Gelbvieh bulls averaged 1,679 pounds, while the Balancer bulls were close behind at 1,676 pounds. The Angus bulls were 1,638 pounds and Red Angus averaged 1,565 pounds. They also topped the test for average Weight per Day of Age. The Gelbvieh bulls led with 2.76 lbs WDA and the Balancer bulls with 2.74 lbs. The Gelbvieh bulls posted the highest average scrotal measurement with a 38.4 cm average.

For more information on the Edisto Forage Bull Test visit the website at www.Clemson. edu/edisto/efbt/efbt.htm. More information on Gelbvieh programs are available at www. gelbvieh.org.

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