Center to hold open house for bull test

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UT Bull Test Open House, beginning at 9:30 a.m. CST Thursday, Dec. 5, will give visitors a preview of bulls to be sold at this winter’s sale. An educational program and a complimentary lunch will also be provided.

Middle Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center in Spring Hill will host the annual University of Tennessee Bull Test Station Open House on Thursday, Dec. 5.

The event offers visitors a chance to view 105 bulls that will be featured in this winter’s Bull Test Sale. There is no cost to attend, and lunch will be provided.

The open house begins at 9:30 a.m. CST with an educational program covering the latest technologies in beef cattle genomics and an overview of research conducted at the Bull Test Station. The sessions will also include discussions on bull selection and how to choose a bull that will best fit your operation.

After the last session, visitors can view the bulls that hail from some of the Mid-South’s top Angus, Hereford, Simmental and SimAngus breeding programs. By December 5, these bulls will have just completed the 84-day performance test, which measures weight gain, frame score and reproductive soundness. Bulls can be purchased during a public auction on Friday, Jan. 10, 2020. Bids will be accepted, both at the Middle Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center and online.

The open house will conclude with an industry-sponsored lunch. For more information, including directions to the site, visit http://middle.tennessee.edu or call 931-486-2129.

The UT Bull Test Program is a cooperative effort between UT Extension, UT AgResearch, UT College of Veterinary Medicine, and Tennessee Beef Cattle Improvement Association.