Beef producers can buy some of the best genetics in the region during a bull sale at Pennsylvania’s Livestock Evaluation Center in Pennsylvania Furnace, Centre County, on March 25 at noon.
Consignors will offer 87 bulls representing the Angus, Charolais, Hereford, Red Angus and Simmental beef breeds, as well as crossbreds, at the 43rd Performance-Tested Bull Sale.
“Volunteers, consignors, bidders, buyers and staff have carefully developed this service to Pennsylvania’s beef producers over the past four decades,” said Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding. “Thanks to their work, the center has grown into the premier hub for identifying and marketing the best stock in the Mid-Atlantic. I invite beef producers to mark their calendars and consider purchasing this year’s herd bull at the sale.”
Bulls enrolled in the program completed a 112-day test evaluating average daily gain, weight per day of age, feed efficiency, loin muscle size and fat deposition. They also passed a breeding soundness exam.
Top bulls from each breed:
- Angus – consigned by Jordan Seefeldt of Port Allegany, McKean County; adjusted yearling weight, 1,522 pounds; average daily gain 5.97 pounds; adjusted loineye 15.8 square inches; 55 Angus will sell.
- Hereford – consigned by Sherman Beef Cattle, Montgomery, Lycoming County; adjusted yearling weight, 1,381 pounds; average daily gain 4.23 pounds; adjusted loineye 15.4 square inches; eight Herefords will sell.
- Red Angus – consigned by Deer Run Farm, Emmitsburg, Md.; adjusted yearling weight, 1,251 pounds; average daily gain 4.79 pounds; adjusted loineye 15.4 square inches; seven Red Angus will sell.
- Simmental – consigned by Stewart’s Simmental Cattle, Halifax, Dauphin County; adjusted yearling weight, 1,658 pounds; average daily gain 4.84 pounds; adjusted loineye 19.4 square inches; 14 Simmentals will sell.
- Charolais – consigned by Stipp Charolais, Mullica Hill, N.J.; adjusted yearling weight, 1,292 pounds; average daily gain 4.31 pounds; adjusted loineye 15 square inches; one will sell.
- SimAngus – consigned by Messick Farms, Middletown, Dauphin County; adjusted yearling weight, 1,273 pounds; average daily gain 5.54 pounds; adjusted loineye 17 square inches; three SimAngus will sell.
Video of the bulls and catalogs featuring final weights and performance information are available at the center’s website and mailed by request. The auction will be broadcast online.
Sale day events also include a trade show hosted by the Pennsylvania Cattlemen’s Association and the Pennsylvania Simmental Spring into Excellence and Pennsylvania Angus Finest Female sales following the bull sale.