March 7, 2017

Dear Cattlemen,

Enclosed you will find a document that includes the dates, health requirements and management suggestions along with a nomination form for the 2017-2018 Bull Test. Please feel free to make as many copies of the nomination forms as you need.   We ask that you pay particular attention to the health requirements and vaccination schedule.  Please note that the bulls will be examined closely for warts as they unload.  As you probably know, warts are caused by a virus, are very contagious and can lead to bulls being ineligible for the test and/or sale. All paperwork must be filled out completely before cattle will be unloaded.

This information is available on our website at http://connorsstate.edu/agri/reports/ .  The deadline to submit nominations for the Fall 2017 Test is June 9, 2017.  Feel free to contact Roger Morton or myself if you have any questions. Our mobile numbers are included below.

Roger:        918.463.6304                Todd:        918.463.6279

Best regards,

Todd Trennepohl


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700 College Road, Warner, OK 74469, www.connorsstate.edu
BULL TEST ENTRY FORM
I WOULD LIKE TO ENTER THE FOLLOWING BULL IN THE BULL TEST AT CONNORS STATE COLLEGE, WARNER, OK
NOTE: Make copies of this form and complete one for each bull entered in the test. Entries must be received by due date.

                

                                

                        

                                                                                

                                        

                        

                

Breed________________                Purebred or Percent___________________

Tattoo_________________                Birthweight____ Weaning Wt.___________

Birthdate______________                Weaning Date________________________

Horned, Polled, or Scurred _______        Registration Number __________________

I agree to the rules governing the test and that this application is made with my full knowledge of the rules which are in effect. I understand that Connors State College holds no liability for my bull. Signature_______________________ Date________

Ranch_________________        Social Security Number______________________

Phone_________________

Address______________________________________

E-Mail Address________________________________________

  1. History

The Connors State College (CSC) Bull Test was initiated by Agriculture Instructor Robert Hodges in 1961.  The bull sale was a victim of the severe crash in the cattle market in the early 1970s and was discontinued in 1974.  In 1977, Gary Harding was hired to lead the Agriculture Department and restart the bull testing program.  The 1977 test and sale consisted of only 26 bulls.  The second test under Harding’s guidance included 45 bulls but there was an ice storm the day of the sale and the auctioneer, Col. Holland Jester wrecked his car on the way to the sale.  CSC began conducting two tests and sales annually beginning in 1979.  Col. Bruce Brooks of Marietta, OK has sold every sale since.

  1. Purpose

The Connors State College Bull Test Station meets the Beef Improvement Federation (BIF) definition as a central bull test station as a facility where bulls from different herds are assembled to evaluate performance under uniform conditions.  Specifically, the CSC Bull Test Station functions to:

  1. Location

The Bull Testing and Sale Facility is located on the campus of Connors State College in Warner, OK.

  1. General Description

Both Fall and Spring test are 112 days in length.  The bulls will be fed a complete growing-finishing ration free choice designed to allow for maximum growth, but not intended to over-finish fast gaining bulls.  Course grass hay will also be available to the bulls throughout the test.  The bulls will be weighed every 28 days.

  1. Bull Test Capacity

Optimal capacity of the current facilities is 96 bulls; therefore, all bulls must be pre-entered.  The Test Management reserves the right to limit the number of entries to 3 per consignor in the event the number of pre-entries exceeds capacity.  Consideration will be given to breeders who routinely test bulls at Connors state College.

  1. Requirements for Entry

The tests are open to all recognized beef breeds and composites.

Ear tags and tattoo must be the same as what is on the entry form before bull are unloaded.

Bulls without proper identification upon delivery will be assessed charge $50.00 fee if CSC has to tag or tattoo the bulls.  

Due to space limitations, all bulls must be nominated in advance of each respective test.  Nomination forms should be mailed to Connors State College, ATT: Bull Test Director, 700 College Rd, Warner, OK 74469.  A completed W-9 Form should be included if one is not on file.

  1. General Considerations/Liability

Connors State College and its personnel have no obligation or responsibility to produce casualty insurance on the test bulls.  Owners should acquire insurance prior to delivery to test if they so desire.  Connors State College and it’s personnel assumes no risk or liability or any animal consigned and is not responsible for loss or injury of any bulls due to sickness, death, injury, fire, theft or any other cause.  State and Federal regulations will be followed.

  1. Requirements for Sale

All bulls meeting or exceeding the following criteria will be eligible for the sale

A qualified veterinarian will be retained to evaluate bulls for reproductive soundness at the end of the test utilizing the guidelines established by the Society for Theriogenology.  Bulls failing BSE will be eliminated for the sale.  Bulls may be rechecked at a later date prior to the sale by the CSC Bull Test Veterinarian at the owners request and expense.  

  1. Costs
  1. Terms and Conditions of the Sale

  1. Important Dates

2017-2018 CSC Bull Test Schedule

Fall 2017 Test

Spring 2018 Test

Birth dates

September 1 – November 30, 2016

January 1 – March 30, 2017

Nominations due

June 9, 2017

October 25, 2017

Receive bulls

July 12 –13, 2017

December 7, 2017

Official Start

July 20, 2017

December 14, 2017

56-Day Weight

September 14, 2017

February 1, 2018

84-Day Weight

October 12, 2017

March 1, 2018

112-Day Weight

November 9, 2017

March 29, 2018

Sale Day

December 7, 2017

April 12, 2018