UT to host Bull Test open house
Posted: Tuesday, November 13, 2012 8:00 pm
The Middle Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center in Spring Hill will host the annual University of Tennessee Bull Test Station Open House on Dec. 6.
The event offers visitors a chance to view nearly 200 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., with an educational program that will cover hot topics in beef cattle production, including evaluation of foot structure and its relationship to longevity in cattle, criteria used in selecting bulls for an AI company, facts and factors in breeding soundness evaluations and genetic trends of bulls consigned to the Central Bull Test Station.
The program will be led by specialists from the UT Veterinary Hospital, the UT Animal Science Department and Select Sires, a livestock genetics supplier.
Following the program, visitors can observe all the bulls participating in the performance tests. Featured breeds include Angus, Charolais, Polled Hereford, Simmental and Simangus. Bulls that pass the test’s standards in weight gain, frame size and reproductive soundness will be sold at a public auction at the Research and Education Center. The senior bull test sale is scheduled for Jan. 24, 2013. The junior bull test sale will take place on March 7, 2013.
The open house will conclude with an industry-sponsored lunch provided by various agribusinesses. For more information, including directions to the center, visit http://middletennessee.tennessee.edu or call (931) 486-2129.
Published in The Messenger 11.13.12