Pennsylvania Furnace, PA – Beef producers from Pennsylvania and surrounding states earned $252,600 for 75 top-quality bulls at the 49th Pennsylvania Performance-Tested Bull Sale on Friday, March 25, at the Pennsylvania Livestock Evaluation Center in Centre County. Average sale price was $3,368 per head and the top-selling bull went for $6,000.
The online and in-person auction sold 75 Angus, Hereford, Red Angus, Simmental, Black Hereford, SimAngus, and Limousin bulls. All bulls had completed a 112-day test evaluating average daily gain, weight per day of age, feed efficiency, loin muscle size and fat deposition, and had passed a breeding soundness exam.
"This sale is about buying the best beef genetics and improving your herd through what you learn from the program and producers you meet here," said Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding. "The expertise of the individual producers, the breed associations, and the scientists at Penn State and the department deserve credit for their role in fostering excellence and filling consumer demand for quality local beef sourced from the finest herds in the Northeast."
The highest selling bull, at $6,000, was an Angus consigned by Alexis Cash of York. The bull sold to James Henry of Sycamore, Greene County. The top- selling Hereford, consigned by Slayton's Beardance Farm in Bedford, Bedford County, sold to Tad Francis of Amity, Washington County for $5,900.
Fifty-two Angus bulls averaged $3,257 a head, five Herefords averaged $4,060, five Red Angus averaged $3,160, six Simmentals averaged $3,217, three SimAngus averaged $3,533, three Black Hereford Bulls averaged $3,933, and one Limousin brought $2,200.
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 by evaluating economically important traits and consumers by providing wholesome, high-quality products at an affordable price.
Since 1973, the Performance-Tested Bulls 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.
For more information on the Livestock Evaluation Center and its programs, contact Greg Hubbard at 814-238-2527 or firstname.lastname@example.org or visit agriculture.pa.gov.
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