Established over 30 years ago, the Southern WV Bull Evaluation and Replacement Heifer Development Program is a seedstock evaluation and development program available to seedstock producers throughout West Virginia and the Mid-Ohio Valley. Emphasizing comprehensive post-weaning genetic evaluation in a real-world, dry lot environment, the program strives to provide a reliable source of profit generating genetics for commercial producers and culminates each year with a sale the fourth Saturday in March.
Bull Evaluation Program
A component of the West Virginia Young Sire Evaluation Program, the Southern Bull Evaluation Program, commonly known as the Southern Bull Test, provides an opportunity for small to mid-sized seedstock producers to evaluate genetic merit through a comprehensive post-weaning performance evaluation program. Bulls are fed a forage-based diet targeting moderate levels of gain and are managed in a real-world dry lot environment where they must actively compete to perform. Emphasis is placed on collection of accurate data and making appropriate comparisons to improve selection decisions for seedstock and commercial breeders alike. As a result, there are no single consignments and breeders must maintain a tie to their breed’s national database through the use of reference sires. Approximately 90 bulls are accepted for evaluation annually.
Heifer Development Program
Originally conceived as a commercial heifer development program, the Southern Heifer Development Program primarily consists of registered heifers. In fact, many bull consignors also consign heifers and use the program as a means to maintain larger contemporary groups to improve the utility of collected performance data. Heifers are developed on a silage-based ration targeting moderate growth rates. Breeders must market 25 percent of consigned females should they qualify for sale. Approximately 115 heifers are accepted for evaluation annually.
Reports, Regulations and Sale Information
Rules and Regulations
Includes information about the Wardensville program, eligibility, requirements, costs, schedules, forms and more.
There are 91 Angus bulls, 85 Angus heifers, and 6 commercial heifers participating in the 2016-2017 SBT/SHDP. The sale catalog will be posted as soon as possible after the data is collected, so please check back later. Please note that bulls will sell first this year at 11 a.m. followed immediately by heifers.