Beef producers earned a record $294,800 for top-quality bulls at the 42nd Pennsylvania Performance Tested Bull Sale, Friday, March 27, at the Pennsylvania Livestock Evaluation Center in Pennsylvania Furnace, Centre County

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Beef producers earned a record $294,800 for top-quality bulls at the 42nd Pennsylvania Performance Tested Bull Sale March 27 at the Pennsylvania Livestock Evaluation Center in Pennsylvania Furnace, Centre County.

Producers from across Pennsylvania and neighboring states sold 85 Angus, Hereford, Red Angus, Simmental and crossbred bulls. The bulls averaged $3,468 per head.

“This recordbreaking sale shows the importance of the center for raising, testing and marketing the top bulls in Pennsylvania and our neighboring states,” said Acting Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding. “I congratulate consignors and buyers on a successful auction, and thank them for helping further Pennsylvania’s beef industry.”

Topping the sale at $7,700 was a Red Angus from Country Acres Farm of New Windsor, Md., sold to Marie Vandermark of Ithaca, N.Y. The second-highest selling bull was a $6,200 Simmental consigned by Messick Farms, Middletown, Dauphin County, and purchased by Pamela Huffman of Littlestown, Adams County.

The SimAngus crossbred brought $5,000, five Red Angus averaged $4,180, 50 Angus bulls averaged $3,688, four Herefords averaged $3,425 and 25 Simmentals averaged $2,832.

The bulls completed a 112-day test at the center that evaluated average daily gain, carcass traits and feed efficiency. After the testing period, the bulls were ultrasonically scanned to determine ribeye area, marbling and fat thickness and examined for breeding soundness.