John Archer, a longtime Angus cattle breeder at Mount Yoe Farm in Darlington, was recognized recently for having the High Sale Order Index Angus bull at the Southwest Virginia Bull Test sponsored by the Virginia Beef Cattle Improvement Association.
This bull had the highest test Average Daily Gain out of the 59 Angus bulls tested. This December 2011-born bull, Mt. Yoe OT26-200, was sired by Weaverland Objective OT26 99 and his dam was Mt. Yoe Rosebud 210.
The Virginia Beef Cattle Improvement Association has served the Virginia Cattle Industry for more than 50 years through the coordination of the Central Bull Test Program in the state. As a third party administrator of the Central Bull Test Program, the Virginia Beef Cattle Improvement Association works to foster the improvement of beef cattle in Virginia through improved genetics and management with major emphasis placed on selection criteria for traits of economic importance, and to carry on educational and promotional work in connection with the production of improved beef cattle.
Bulls are on test for 112 days. During this testing period, weights are taken as are hip height measurements, ultrasound data collection and semen data. At the end of the test, the top two-thirds of the bulls are selected for the sale.