Beef producers can buy top bulls during a sale at Pennsylvania’s Livestock Evaluation Center in Pennsylvania Furnace, Centre County March 27 at noon.

Consignors will offer 86 bulls representing five breeds – 50 Angus, 26 Simmentals, five Red Angus, four Herefords, and a SimAngus – at the 42nd Performance-Tested Bull Sale.

“Pennsylvania has built a reputation for quality in its seedstock and in its testing facility,” said Acting Secretary of Agriculture Russell Redding. “The center has grown into the premier hub for identifying and marketing the best stock in the Mid-Atlantic thanks to the support of Pennsylvania’s beef industry. 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 Elimsprings Farm of Allenwood, Union County; adjusted yearling weight 1,330 pounds; average daily gain 5.10 pounds; adjusted loineye 14.9 square inches.
• Hereford – consigned by Sherman Beef Cattle, Montgomery, Lycoming County; adjusted yearling weight 1,319 pounds; average daily gain 4.53 pounds; adjusted loineye 14.6 square inches.
• Red Angus – consigned by Country Acres Farm, New Windsor, Md.; adjusted yearling weight 1,395 pounds; average daily gain 5.35 pounds; adjusted loineye 15.3 square inches.
• Simmental – consigned by Stewart’s Simmental Cattle, Halifax, Dauphin County; adjusted yearling weight 1,504 pounds; average daily gain 5.21 pounds; adjusted loineye 16.0 square inches.
• SimAngus – consigned by Messick Farms, Middletown, Dauphin County; adjusted yearling weight 1,316 pounds; average daily gain 4.21 pounds; adjusted loineye 14.5 square inches.

Sale day events also include a trade show hosted by the Pennsylvania Cattlemen’s Association and the Pennsylvania Angus Finest Female sale and Simmental female consignment sale following the bull sale. Females will be displayed in an adjacent hall, producer meetings will be in the facility’s conference room, and food will be available through the facility’s commercial kitchen next to the trade show hall.

For more information about Pennsylvania’s performance testing programs and sales or facilities for hosting livestock events, contact station manager Greg Hubbard at 814-238-2527 or ghubbard@pa.gov or visit their website.