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National Braunvieh Bull Test Sale

Participating Test Station Locations and Fall 2016 Delivery information Chappell Feedlot

16780 US 30, Chappell, NE 69129

By Mark Nelson, BAA National Bull Test Committee Chair

The National Braunvieh Bull Test Program was developed to help members gather and submit performance data on their genetics to the Braunvieh Association Expected Progeny Differences (EPDs) database. The program also offers members a marketing opportunity and bull buyers a central marketing event. Fifteen to twenty performance-tested registered Braunvieh bulls will be offered in the upcoming November sale. Only bulls that are in the top half of their bull test contemporary groups will be offered in this sale. Performance data will include residual feed intake, feed conversion, average daily gain, weight per day of age, and intramuscular fat, ribeye area, fat fhickness and carcass ultrasound. EPDs, birth-, 205- and 365-day weights and scrotal measurements will be provided to buyers to help them make the best choice for their operation. Bulls will be DNA tested for parentage or DNA profiled, and DNA will be submitted for genetically enhanced EPDs within the Braunvieh Association database. The National Braunvieh Bull Test Program allows for bulls to be tested at any commercial GrowSafe Systems test station, so members can test bulls close to home in their own environment or send their bulls to a region that has the market access they are looking for. In the upcoming November sale, all bulls The National will be sold in the same sale; however, bulls will be sold FOB their Braunvieh test locations. Sale bulls will be Bull Test offered from Nevada, Mo., ChapProgram pell, Neb., and Navasota, Texas. allows for Buyers will be able to pick up their bulls to purchased bull(s) at the locabe tested tion where their bull is currently housed. Location of each bull will at any commercial be stated in the sale catalog and also announced as each bull is GrowSafe sold. Systems The National Braunvieh Bull Test test station. Sale will be held Nov. 21, 2016, at Three Cedars Event Center, 24327 E. Old Town Road, Nevada, Mo. Bidding will also available online through Live Auction TV, at

2017 National Braunvieh Bull Test Program Plans are already underway for 2016-born bulls to be enrolled and tested in the National Braunvieh Bull Test Program, with sales to be held in the spring and fall of 2017. To participate, contact any Bull Sale Committee member or go to for more information. BW

Tom Williams 308-874-4193 Fall delivery: Limited space available, contact Tom Williams for test arrangements.

Genetic Development Center

22909 FM 2154, Navasota, TX 77868 Office: 936-870-3960 James Maddox 979-587-5880 Gustavo Toro 832-331-6680 Fall delivery: November 1-4, 2016 - Accepting bulls born Dec. 1, 2015 through April 1, 2016; these bulls will be eligible for the spring 2017 Bull Test Sale.

Green Springs Bull Test

17675 S 2450 Rd, Nevada, MO 64772 Kent Abele 417-448-741 Fall delivery: Up to Oct. 1, 2016 – Accepting bulls born January through mid-March 2016; these bulls will be eligible for the spring 2017 Bull Test Sale. Up to Dec. 1, 2016 – Accepting bulls born mid-March through May 2016; these bulls will be eligible for the fall 2017 Bull Test Sale.

Other Test Locations

All commercial GrowSafe Systems bull test facilities are acceptable for members to test bulls at and be part of the National Braunvieh Bull Test. If you have an interest in testing somewhere other than the above test stations, contact any one of the Bull Test Committee members.

BAA National Bull Test Committee Members Mark Nelson, Neb. 402-705-3907, Marilyn Brink, Kan. 785-766-8713, Mark Wolken, Miss. 601-953-7573, Todd Hill, Texas 806-681-9333,


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