Friday, October 12, 2012

80th Tested Bull Sale Features Bulls with Top Expected Progeny Difference (EPD) Values

The 80th All-Breed Performance Evaluated Bull Sale, sponsored by the Southwest Missouri Beef Cattle Improvement Association, will be held Oct. 29 at the Springfield Livestock Marketing Center on I-44 west of Springfield at exit 70. Sale time is 7 p.m. but University of Missouri Extension livestock specialists will have a 30-minute discussion at 5:30 p.m. about understanding expected progeny difference (EPD) values.

Consignors to the sale cooperate with University of Missouri Extension specialists and their various breed associations in gathering and developing the data that aids buyers in making their genetic decisions.

This sale includes 37 Angus, 1 Simmental, 2 Polled Herefords, 2 Charolais and 1 Shorthorn Plus. Their ages range from 13 to 20 months.

Bulls qualify for the sale by weighing at least 1,100 pounds at 365 days, they must be a 4 frame or better and be in the top 50th percentile for two of the following 5 EPD traits: calving ease direct, weaning weight, yearling weight, milk and intra-muscular fat.

“Most exceed the minimum of two traits. The 37 Angus for example average in the 52nd percentile for calving ease. This means they are right near the average for non-parent bulls in that breed,” said Eldon Cole, a livestock specialist with University of Missouri Extension.

The other traits and average EPDs for the Angus bulls in the sale are: weaning weight 34th percentile; yearling weight 32nd percentile; milk 12th percentile; marbling 38th percentile.

“If you’re looking for some extreme, in a particular trait there are 12 bulls that rank in the top 3 percent of their breed for a trait,” said Cole. “It’s interesting that the milk EPD shows up as a big strength in this set of bulls. Several rank in the top 1 percent of their breed for the expected milk production of their daughters.”

The catalog is available on-line at

Catalogs may be requested from Pam Naylor at 417-343-8330 or by contacting your local University of Missouri Extension Center for details on the sale.


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