ROCK SPRINGS, Pa. — Beef producers earned $286,300 for top-quality bulls at the 45th Pennsylvania Performance-Tested Bull Sale on March 30 at the Pennsylvania Livestock Evaluation Center in Pennsylvania Furnace, Centre County.
Bulls averaged $3,329 per head. Producers from across Pennsylvania and neighboring states sold 86 Angus, Hereford, Red Angus, Simmental, Shorthorn, Fleckvieh Simmental and SimAngus bulls.
“Producers purchase from this program because the bulls are proven on paper and in the pen,” said Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding. “They come in person to the center, because they know that the last Friday in March they’ll see great cattle, meet with good people and learn valuable information to apply to their own programs. The success of the day is due to the consignors, bidders and buyers, but also to the participation of many other stakeholders. I thank them all for their role in a successful sale day.”
Three bulls tied for the high sale price of $6,000. An Angus consignment from Ebony Angus of West Sunbury, Butler County, went to William Moore of Millmont, Union County. The top-indexing Hereford, consigned by Slayton’s Beardance Farm of Bedford, Bedford County, sold to Randy Shaw of Everett, Bedford County. A Red Angus bull from Finger Lakes Cattle Company of Penn Yan, N.Y., sold to Jeffrey Gerlach of Lancaster, Lancaster County.
Fifty-seven Angus bulls averaged $3,433, six Herefords averaged $3,533, six Red Angus averaged $3,717, 11 Simmentals averaged $2,855, four SimAngus averaged $2,675, one Fleckvieh Simmental brought $2,000 and one Shorthorn brought $3,000. The Pennsylvania Spring Simmental Female and Pennsylvania Angus Finest Female consignment sales followed the bull sale.
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.
The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture’s Livestock Evaluation Center measures genetic traits for beef, swine, sheep and meat goats for two purposes: to benefit producers through evaluating economically important traits and to benefit consumers by providing wholesome, high-quality products at an affordable price.
Since 1973, the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture’s Performance Bull-Testing Program has provided the state’s beef industry with a way to measure inherited traits through sire evaluation. The center has adapted with advancing technology, offering expanded information on bulls and enhancing their marketability to potential buyers. Careful guidance and foresight have developed the center into a regional hub for improving the beef industry.
— Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture