The University of Tennessee Central Bull Evaluation Center tested 112 fall-born bulls, 79 of which passed the rigorous requirements to qualify for the sale to be held at the Center on January 18, 2007. The tests, which began in July, were conducted at the Middle Tennessee Research and Education Center in Spring Hill.
The on-feed test identifies a bull's ability to gain weight rapidly from weaning to one year of age. The ability to gain rapidly is influenced by genetics and is transmitted to those bull's future offspring thus providing commercial cow-calf producers an excellent source for superior genetics to use in their herds. Breeds included in this year's test were Angus, Charolais, Gelbvieh and Herefords.
Two different bulls from two different purebred Angus breeders were recognized as the high-gaining bulls. Richview Angus of Lancing, Tenn., and Bill Baird Angus of Blountville, Tenn., were the co-winners. Both of these yearling bulls were sired by the same purebred Angus bull, SA Neutron 377, and both gained 5.34 pounds per day while on the 112- day gain test. The overall average daily gain for all bulls in the test was 4.08 pounds per day and the average adjusted 365 day yearling weight of all bulls was 1244 pounds.
The Central Bull Evaluation Center is a cooperative program between UT Extension, the Tennessee Agricultural Experiment Station, UT College of Veterinary Medicine and the Tennessee Beef Cattle Improvement Association.