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For the Week of
May 27, 1999

Requirements for MO Tested Bull Sale Changed

Herd sires slated for entry in the Missouri Tested Bull Sale, scheduled for Friday, November 5, 1999, must meet some new requirements established by the Missouri Beef Improvement Association.

The new requirements involve the Expected Progeny Difference determined through the respective breed associations. Each entry will be required to be in the upper 80 percent of their respective breed in any two out of three of the following traits. These traits are weaning weight, yearling weight, and milk. If a potential entry is in the lower 20 percent for more than one of the three listed traits they fail to qualify for the state sale. The requirement for the Expected Progeny Difference will change to the upper 70 percent of their respective breed for any two out of three of the above listed traits for the fall 2000 sale.

The following entry requirements remain unchanged: Consignors must be a member of the Missouri Beef Cattle Improvement Association. Bulls eligible for the fall 1999 sale must be born between December 1, 1997 and October 15, 1998. The minimum adjusted yearling weight will remain at 1100 pounds. Foot and leg soundness will be evaluated as part of breeding soundness. Evaluation for this process is outlined by the Society of Theriogenology. A committee headed by Dr. David Hardin, College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Missouri will be utilized to evaluate each individual entry. All bulls must be broke to lead and will be weighed and measured prior to the November 5, 1999, sale.

Entries must meet the following reproductive requirements: A licensed veterinarian must determine each entry to be a sound potential breeder within 60 days prior to the sale. The minimum acceptable scrotal circumference must be 34 cm by sale date, except those bulls born in August, September or October 1998. These entries must have a minimum scrotal circumference of 32 cm.

Each entry must be vaccinated against 5 strains of leptospirosis, tested and found negative for brucellosis and anaplasmosis within 30 days of the sale. A copy of each individual health paper on the sale entries should be mailed to the Office of Continuing Veterinary Medical Education, W234, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO 65211.

For additional information feel free to contact your Regional Livestock Specialist or Rex Ricketts at (573) 882- 4553.

University of Missouri ExtensionDale's Country Trails - May 27, 1999
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