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Virginia BCIA Update

Livestock Update, December 2001

Scott Greiner, Extension Animal Scientist, Beef, VA Tech

Culpeper Junior Bull Test Begins
2001-02 Virginia BCIA Bull Tests, Culpeper Junior, Glenmary Farm - Rapidan, Virginia

Test Station Manager: Tom Nixon, (540) 672-7396

Culpeper Test and Sale Committee: Dennis Pearson (Chair), Bob Anderson, Tommy Clark, Steve Hopkins, Roger Morris, Tom Nixon, Sidney Rogers, Charles Rossen, Carl Stafford, Tom Templeton, and Jim Wylie

101 Junior test bulls (89 Angus, 8 Charolais, and 7 Hereford) were delivered to Glenmary Farm on November 6, 2001. These bulls were weighed and vaccinated for IBR, PI3, BVD, BRSV, 7-way Clostridial, Haemophilus Somnus, and were dewormed. Bulls were allocated to two pens. After a two-week adjustment period, bulls will be weighed on test. They will be weighed and measured for frame size according to the following schedule:

On Test November 19 & 20, 2001
56-day Weight January 15, 2002
84-day Weight February 12, 2002
Off Test March 18 & 19, 2002

At the completion on the 119-day test bulls will be evaluated for reproductive and structural soundness. Ultrasonic evaluation of carcass traits will be conducted during the test. Eligible bulls will be sold on April 5, 2002.

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