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Wytheville Bull Test Open House March 11th

Livestock Update, February 2001

Scott Greiner, Extension Animal Scientist, Beef, VA Tech

There will be an Open House program at the VA BCIA Southwest Virginia Bull Test Station near Wytheville, Virginia on Sunday afternoon, March 11th from 1:30 to 5:00 pm. The public is invited to the Open House to visit and view the 195 fall and spring-born bulls on test at the SW VA Bull Test Station, owned and operated by Eric D. Umberger and family.

In this year's group of senior bulls calved October 1 to December 31, 1999, there are 80 bulls on a 112 day test. They include 50 Angus, 20 Simmental, and 10 Charolais. There are a total of 115 junior bulls, born January 1 to March 31, 2000 which are on a 133 day test. These include 91 Angus, 10 Charolais, 9 Simmental, 4 Gelbvieh, and 1 Limousin. The top performing two-thirds of each age group will be sold at the station on Saturday, March 24th at 12:00 noon.

The SW VA Bull Test Station is located just north of Wytheville. Take exit 77 off I-81, and follow the signs located just south of the Exxon station on the access road west of the interstate.

No reservations are necessary. Light refreshments will be served. Beef cattle producers and the general public are cordially invited to attend the Open House. Activities are planned for juniors, including a stockman's contest.

For additional information on the Open House call the Virginia Beef Cattle Improvement Association at Blacksburg, 540/231-9163.

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