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Wardensville Bull Test

The nation’s first bull evaluation program to measure residual feed intake

The West Virginia Bull Evaluation Program at Wardensville is a progressive performance evaluation center focused on increasing the efficiency and profitability of West Virginia cattlemen. The program has evolved significantly since its inception, but the primary goal remains the same—identifying genetically superior bulls that will improve the bottom line of commercial cattlemen in West Virginia and the Mid-Atlantic region. Housed at the WVU Reymann Memorial Farm in Wardensville, West Virginia, the program is sponsored by WVU Extension Service, and WVU Division of Animal and Nutritional Sciences.

Now in its 50th year, the West Virginia Bull Evaluation Program, or Wardensville Bull Test as it is more commonly known, develops and evaluates over 150 bulls annually for some of the state’s most progressive seedstock breeders. Since its inception in 1967, the program has been on the leading edge of performance evaluation in cattle. Early on, the program focused on improving growth rate and feed conversion, but to meet the demands of an evolving market, the program later shifted to emphasizing calving ease and carcass quality. As input costs have steadily risen in recent years, the program has also focused on feed conversion efficiency and identifying complete bulls that can function efficiently in all sectors of the beef industry. Each year, the program culminates with a sale on the fourth Thursday in March.

A bull development program available to mid-size seedstock breeders in the region

The program is more like an alliance than a typical bull test. There are no single consignments and several cooperators have 10 or more bulls in the program, making their yearling and ultrasound data more meaningful and useful.

Evolving throughout its lifetime to best serve the current and future needs of the beef industry, the Wardensville Bull Test has rapidly incorporated emerging technology to evaluate traits of economic significance. In addition to traditional measures of growth, fertility and body composition, we measure individual feed intake and provide our cooperators and customers insight into each bull’s ability to convert feed into marketable product.

As a requirement for participation, our cooperators annually retain ownership on a number of cattle through the West Virginia Feedlot and Product Information Program (West Virginia’s Ranch to Rail Program began in 1983) and collect yearling ultrasound body composition data on their replacement heifers. Our cooperators live and produce in the real world. The cattle are solid and dependable, but we invite you to evaluate these bulls/cooperators yourself and reach your own conclusions.

Cooperating Breeders

Angus Breeders
  • Branson Farms
  • Diamond L Farm
  • Kinsey's Oak Front Farm
  • Margaret and Sarah Page
  • Poling Angus Farm
  • Pritt Angus Farm
  • Richard V. Snuffer and Sons
  • River Front Cattle Company
  • Rocking P Farm
  • Circle J Angus
  • Shriver Farms
  • Stalnaker Farms
  • Triple O Farms
  • Wagner Genetics

Charolais Breeders

  • None at this time

Hereford Breeders

  • Diamond L Farm
  • Grandview Hereford Farm
  • West Virginia University

Reports, Regulations & Sale Information

   Live Sale Audio   
Rules and Regulations
Program rules and regulations—Includes information about the Wardensville program, eligibility, requirements, costs, schedules, forms and more.
Sale Catalog
156 Angus, 7 Hereford and 4 Charolais bulls participated in the 2016-2017 WBT. Performance reports are posted as soon as possible after the data is collected.
Performance Data
Performance updates will be posted as soon as the information is collected.
  • On Test Report
  • First Weight Report
  • Second Weight Report
  • Off Test Report
  • Ultrasound Report
  • Archive
Sale Reports
  • 2016 Sale Results
  • 2015 Sale Results
  • 2014 Sale Results
  • 2013 Sale Results
  • 2012 Sale Results
  • 2011 Sale Results
Catalog Archive
  • 2016 Sale Catalog
  • 2015 Sale Catalog
  • 2014 Sale Catalog
  • 2013 Sale Catalog
  • 2012 Sale Catalog
  • 2011 Sale Catalog