The Virginia Beef Cattle Improvement Association will begin its 54th year of sponsoring the Virginia’s Central Bull Test Station Program. Rules and regulations for the 2011-12 test and sale season are now available through Virginia BCIA (www.bcia.apsc.vt.edu). A total of three test groups of bulls will be developed and sold from the two stations located at Culpeper and in Southwest Virginia.
The Culpeper Senior test is conducted at Glenmary Farm in Rapidan, VA, owned and operated by Tom and Kim Nixon. The Southwest Bull Test Station is located at Hillwinds Farm, owned by Tim Sutphin of Dublin, Virginia. At the Culpeper station, a set of fall-born Senior bulls will be developed. The Southwest Test Station will develop both a set of fall-born Senior bulls, as well as spring-born Junior bulls. In addition to the traditional tests, the opportunity exists for breeders to custom feed bulls through the BCIA program so that contemporary groups may be maintained. Additionally, provisions to the program allow breeders flexibility in developing both sale-eligible and custom tests bulls. The following table provides details of age requirements, entry deadlines, and the test and sale schedule for each group of bulls.
|CULPEPER SENIOR BULLS|
|Birth Dates||August 15 – November 30, 2010|
|Entry Deadline||June 3, 2011|
|Delivery of Bulls||June 28, 2011|
|Start Test||July 12, 2011|
|Finish Test||November 1, 2011 (112 days)|
|Sale||Saturday, December 10, 2011 (Public Auction)|
|SOUTHWEST SENIOR BULLS||SOUTHWEST JUNIOR BULLS|
|Birth Dates||September 15 – December 31, 2010||January 1 – March 31, 2011|
|Entry Deadline||September 9, 2011||September 9, 2011|
|Delivery of Bulls||October 4, 2011||October 4, 2011|
|Start Test||October 18, 2011||October 18, 2011|
|Finish Test||February 7, 2012 (112 days)||February 7, 2012 (112 days)|
|Sale||Saturday, March 24, 2012 (Public Auction)||Saturday, March 24, 2012 (Public Auction)|
Again this year, we will feature the enhanced bull guarantee which covers fertility, structural soundness problems (including foot soundness), and other issues on all bulls sold through the program. To compliment this good-faith guarantee, fall-born senior bulls will be subject to a semen evaluation as part of breeding soundness exam required for sale eligibility. Volume discounts will be available to bull buyers purchasing three or more bulls at a BCIA bull sale.
Registered bulls of any recognized beef breed, or recorded percentage bulls of breeds which have an open herd book are eligible for the central tests. All bulls must be recorded in their respective breed association, and have a complete performance record (including EPDs). Bulls must also meet breed-specific minimum YW EPD requirements, individual performance specifications, as well as pre-delivery health and management protocol to be eligible for the tests.
Breeders in Virginia and bordering states who are members of Virginia BCIA are eligible to consign bulls. For details and copies of the rules and regulations as well as entry information regarding the central bull tests, contact the Virginia BCIA office at 540-231-2257 or visit http://www.bcia.apsc.vt.edu
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Issued in furtherance of Cooperative Extension work, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Virginia State University, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture cooperating. Alan L. Grant, Dean, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences; Edwin J. Jones, Director, Virginia Cooperative Extension, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg; Jewel E. Hairston, Administrator, 1890 Extension Program, Virginia State, Petersburg.
June 7, 2011