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Midland Bull Test completes 51st year of program in 2013

by Wyoming Livestock Roundup

Columbus, Mont. – With half a century under their belt, the Midland Bull Test (MBT) is moving forward into it’s next 50 years with a strong collection of bulls from across the country on test. 

“With so much change coming at us all so fast, it’s reassuring that some things remain the same, like the same feeling of timelessness at Midland Bull Test, where you’ll find an unparalleled collection of bulls all developed in the most positive, sound environment possible,” says MBT. 

Over 1,000 bulls from eight breeds were on test this year, with more than 700 selling in the April 3-5 sales. The bulls represent 199 operations from 32 states.

“This year has been fantastic,” adds Lindsey Williams. “The gains we have are impressive.”

Testing bulls

“The objective of a bull test is to measure the differences of a group of bulls; to observe and document average daily gain, genetic expression, phenotypic strengths, etc.,” MBT emphasizes. “Two of the primary purposes of Midland Bull Test are to focus on soundness and fertility.”

They add, “To us, performance means an accomplishment.”

In order to make the Midland sale cut, bulls must accomplish placement in the top 70 percent of average daily gain (ADG) radio and the 365 day ratio. A scrotal minimum measurement of 32 centimeters, negative BVD-PI test and no knowledge of genetic defects anywhere in their pedigree are also required. Bulls were also eliminated for structural or disposition problems, says MBT.

They also seek efficient bulls.

Our program at Midland is backed by many long-time consignors who believe in what we do for fundamental reasons, and their bulls are going on to perform in purebred and commercial herds – holding up, adding weaning weight and getting the job done while keeping their flesh,” add Steve and Lindsay Williams.

Sale information

This year, the Midland Bull Test sale will be held on April 3-5. 

On April 3, the Gelbvieh cattle will start off the sale at noon, followed by Salers at 1 p.m., concluding with Simmental cattle. The Red Angus breed will start the sale on April 4 at noon, followed by South Devon, Hereford and Murray Grey.

The final day of the sale, April 5, will feature Angus bulls at 11 a.m. Awards and special presentations will take place before the sale at 10:30.

Joe Goggins, Roger Jacobs and Jim Birdwell will serve as auctioneers for the event. 

Videos of all bulls in the sale are available at by clicking “Sale Bull Videos” in the lefthand column. 

The sale catalog and complete test results are also available online or by calling 406-322-5597.

The sale is also broadcast live by Frontier Stockyards. Visit to pre-register and obtain a buyer number. All buyers wishing to bid online must pre-register.

Also held on April 2-4 will be complimentary dinner and entertainment, with a social hour beginning at 6 p.m. and steak fry at 6:30 p.m.

To learn more about the Midland Bull Test, view sale results or for more information, visit


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