The Middle Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center will host the annual University of Tennessee Bull Test Station Open House on Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012.  

The event offers visitors a chance to view nearly 200 bulls that will be featured in the upcoming senior and junior bull test sales. There is no cost to attend and lunch will be provided.

The open house begins at 9:30 a.m. CST with an educational program that will cover hot topics in beef cattle production including:

• Evaluation of foot structure and its relationship to longevity in cattle;

• Criteria used in selecting bulls for an AI company;

• Facts and factors in breeding soundness evaluations;

• Genetic trends of bulls consigned to the Central Bull Test Station.

The program will be led by specialists from the UT Veterinary Hospital, the UT Animal Science Department and Select Sires, a livestock genetics supplier.

Following the program, visitors can observe all the bulls participating in the performance tests. Featured breeds include Angus, Charolais, Polled Hereford, Simmental and Simangus.

Bulls that pass the test’s standards in weight gain, frame size and reproductive soundness will be sold at a public auction at the Research and Education Center. The senior bull test sale is scheduled for Jan. 24, 2013. The junior bull test sale will take place on March 7, 2013.

The Open House will conclude with an industry-sponsored lunch provided by various agribusinesses.

For more information, including directions to the center, visit http://middletennessee.tennessee.edu or call 931-486-2129.

The UT Bull Test Program is a cooperative effort between UT Extension, UT AgResearch, the UT College of Veterinary Medicine and the Tennessee Beef Cattle Improvement Association.

The Middle Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center is one of 10 outdoor laboratories operated by UT AgResearch, a division of the UT Institute of Agriculture.

In addition to its agricultural research programs, the UT Institute of Agriculture also provides instruction, research and public service through the UT College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, the UT College of Veterinary Medicine and UT Extension offices in every county in the state.