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Livestock Update, February 2002

Scott Greiner, Extension Animal Scientist, Beef, VA Tech

There will be an Open House hosted at the Virginia BCIA Southwest Virginia Bull Test Station near Wytheville, Virginia on Sunday afternoon, March 10th from 1:30 to 5:00 p.m. The public is invited to the Open House to visit and view the 221 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, 2000, there are 65 bulls on a 112-day test. They include 36 Angus, 15 Simmental, 10 Charolais, 3 Gelbvieh, and 1 Red Angus. There are a total of 156 junior bulls, born January 1 to March 31, 2001 that are on a 133-day test. These include 95 Angus, 32 Simmental, 17 Charolais, 9 Gelbvieh, 2 Red Angus, and 1 Limousin. The top two-thirds of each age group will be sold at the station on Saturday, March 23rd 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 or sale call the Virginia Beef Cattle Improvement Association at Blacksburg, 540/231-9163.

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