In the 2010 Clemson Bull Test near Pendleton, S.C., the highest indexing bull with a value of 8.72 is a Balancer® bull consigned by Black Crest Farms of Sumter, S.C. This Gelbvieh-Angus cross bull consistently posted some of the highest average daily gains throughout the 112 days of the test and finished with a performance leading ADG of 5.09 pounds per day. The bull, with the tag number 37, also finished with the fourth highest weight per day of age of 3.63 pounds per day.

“The 37 senior Balancer® bull's performance was spectacular. His average daily gain of 5.09 pounds per day was 38 percent above the test average of 3.70 pounds per day in very wet and muddy conditions for half the test,” commented Dr. Larry W. Olson, Clemson Extension animal scientist and bull testing program coordinator.

A total of 41 bulls representing seven breeds were fed during this year's test. The bull test is located at the Clemson Beef Cattle Farm of the Simpson Experiment Station. The program is sponsored by Clemson University Cooperative Extension Service and the South Carolina Cattlemen's Association.

“This is outstanding performance and a great example of what Balancer® bulls can do for beef producers. As proven by this bull, the genetic combination of a Gelbvieh-Angus cross will yield a tremendous performance advantage over other breeds,” said Susan Knights Willmon, Director of Breed Improvement for the American Gelbvieh Association.

The bulls entered the test on August 25, 2009 for a 14-day warm-up period. Weights are taken and performance data is calculated every 28 days during the test. Yearling Ultrasound measurements and scrotal circumferences are also a part of the bull test program. At the completion of the test, bulls that meet the minimum performance requirements and pass evaluation by a screening committee are then eligible for the Clemson Bull Test Sale

“All bulls have been handled and fed the same way. All sale bulls have passed a screening committee's evaluation of structural soundness, disposition, muscling and must pass a complete breeding soundness exam,” added Olson. “Buyers have the opportunity to buy bulls with known health and unbiased evaluation of genetics, performance, Ultrasound and fertility.”

The majority of the consignors in the Clemson Bull Test are small breeders, noted Olson. “The central bull test has great benefit to breeders for testing their bulls economically, advertising their programs and marketing their bulls. It helps consignors evaluate their breeding programs relative to other breeders' programs.”

The 2010 Clemson Bull Test Sale will be held on February 6 at the Garrison Livestock Arena-Cattle Complex in Clemson, S.C. For more information on the test and sale contact Dr. Larry W. Olson at 803-284-3343 ext 231.


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