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South Devon bulls draw excellent quality to this year’s Midland Bull Test

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Published on March 21, 2020

Lots 1000 through 1061 represented the South Devon breed at the Midland Bull Test. Slated to sell on April 2 in Columbus, Mont., the bulls performed well, offering top scores for average daily gain (ADG) and weight per day of age (WDA).

            The South Devon bulls were split into Group 2 Bulls and Group 1 Fall Bulls. The Group 2 South Devon Bulls had an average ADG of 3.01 and an average WDA of 2.99. The Group 1 Fall Bulls had an average ADG of 3.11 and an average WDA of 2.73. The ADG, WDA, Eff and MBT leaders in this category are listed below.

Group 1 Fall Bulls ADG

            Lot 1015 and 1001 tied for the first place position in the South Devon fall bulls ADG category. Both bulls had an ADG of 3.49.

            Lot 1015 was sired by Cimarron Defender 443B and consigned by MJB Ranch of Lodge Grass, Mont. He had a WDA of 2.92 and EPDs of BW +3.7, WW +58, M +22, YW +101, RFI +0.79, Eff 107 and MBT 116. 

            Lot 1001 had a WDA of 2.76 and EPDs of BW +2, WW +37, M +29, YW +65, RFI +6.31, Eff 84 and MBT 106. This bull was consigned by Thompson Land and Cattle of Motley, Minn. and a son of TLC Crown Royal 940C. 

            Bringing in the second position was lot 1012 of MJB Ranch in Lodge Grass, Mont., with an ADG of 3.19. Lot 1012 had an WDA of 2.49 and EPDs of BW +3.4, WW +53, M +24, YW +96, RFI +1.17, Eff 93 and MBT 101. He is the son of Cimarron Defender 443B.

            MJB Ranch in Lodge Grass, Mont. also consigned the third-highest ADG bull. Lot 1004 had an ADG of 3.03 and a WDA of 2.96. He was sired by Davelle Black Ace K2 and has EPDs of BW 2.2, WW 27, MILK 26, YW 72, RFI 1.04, Eff 92 and MBT 103. 

Group 1 Fall Bulls WDA

            Lot 1004 led South Devon Group 1 fall bulls in WDA. He had a WDA of 2.96 and an ADG of 3.03. This bull was consigned by MJB Ranch of Lodge Grass, Mont. and was sired by Davelle Black Ace K2. His EPDs are BW +2.2, WW +27, M +26, YW +72, RFI +1.04, Eff 92 and MBT 103.

            Lot 1015, also of MJB Ranch in Lodge Grass, Mont., had the second-highest WDA of 2.92. He had an ADG of 3.49 and EPDs of BW +3.7, WW +58, M +22, YW +101, RFI +0.79, Eff 107 and MBT 116. Lot 1015 is a son of Cimarron Defender 443B. 

            In third was lot 1000 of Mallet South Devons of Lampasas, Texas, with a WDA of 2.85. This bull was sired by MJB Ace 31A and had an ADG of 2.90. His EPDs are BW +1.4, WW +45, M +28, YW +84, RFI -4.06, Eff 109 and MBT 111. 

Group 1 Fall Bulls Eff

            Leading the charge with an Eff of 109 was lot 1000. This bull was consigned by Mallet South Devons of Lampasas, Texas and sired by MJB Ace 31A. He had a WDA of 2.85 and an ADG of 2.90. His EPDs are BW +1.4, WW +45, M +28, YW +84, RFI -4.06 and MBT 111.

            Lot 1015 pulled into the second place position with an Eff of 107. Consigned by MJB Ranch of Lodge Grass, Mont. and sired by Cimarron Defender 443B, lot 1015 had an ADG of 3.49 and a WDA of 2.92. His EPDs are BW +3.7, WW +58, M +22, YW +101, RFI +0.79 and MBT 116. 

MJB Ranch of Lodge Grass, Mont. also brought the third-ranking Eff bull, lot 1014. This bull posted an Eff of 99 as well as an ADG of 2.69 and WDA of 2.7. His EPDs are BW +1.6, WW +51, M +21, YW +98, RFI +0.75 and MBT 101. 

Group 1 Fall Bulls MBT

            MJB Ranch’s lot 1015 also posted the highest MBT of 116 in the South Devon Fall Bulls. This bull was sired by Cimarron Defender 443B, had an ADG of 3.49 and a WDA of 2.92. His EPDs are BW +3.7, WW +58, M +22, YW +101, RFI +0.79 and MBT 116.

            Lot 1000 of Mallet South Devons of Lampasas, Texas, had the second-highest MBT of 111. Lot 1000 was sired by MJB Ace 31A, had a WDA of 2.85 and an ADG of 2.90. His EPDs are BW +1.4, WW +45, M +28, YW +84, RFI -4.06 and Eff 109.

            In third was lot 1001 with an MBT of 106. Lot 1001 had an ADG of 3.49, a WDA of 2.76 and EPDs of BW +2, WW +37, M +29, YW +65, RFI +6.31, Eff 84 and MBT 106. This bull was consigned by Thompson Land and Cattle of Motley, Minn. and a son of TLC Crown Royal 940C. 

Group 2 ADG

            MJB Ranch of Lodge Grass, Mont. had the ADG South Devon Group 2 leader, lot 1042. This bull posted an ADG of 3.99 as well as a WDA of 3.09 and EPDs of BW -0.4, WW 46, M 32, YW 83 and MBT 120. He was sired by MJB Blackfoot 546C.

            The bull with the second-highest ADG of 3.78 in this group was lot 1021 of Royal Beef Genetics in Starbuck, Minn. This bull is the son of LCOC Accelerate X166D and had a WDA of 3.30. His EPDs are BW +1.2, WW +43, M 0, YW +81 and MBT 111. 

            Royal Beef Genetics also brought the third place bull, lot 1022, with an ADG of 3.70. Lot 1022 had a WDA of 3.41 and EPDs of BW +2.6, WW +53, M 0, YW +95 and MBT 119. He is also a son of LCOC Accelerate X166D.

Group 2 WDA

            Lot 1057 had the highest WDA of 3.49. This bull also had an ADG of 3.36 and EPDs of BW +1, WW +41, M +33, YW +79 and MBT 115. He was consigned by MJB Ranch of Lodge Grass, Mont. and sired by BC Duke 71D. 

            In second was lot 1022 with a WDA of 3.41. Consigned by Royal Beef Genetics of Starbuck, Minn., this bull had an ADG of 3.70, a WDA of 3.41 and EPDs of BW +2.6, WW +53, M 0, YW +95 and MBT 119. He is a son of LCOC Accelerate X166D.

            Lot 1027 came in third with a WDA of 3.35. This bull also had an ADG of 3.28 and EPDs of BW +1.5, WW +49, M +23, YW +91 and MBT 111. He was consigned by MJB Ranch of Lodge Grass, Mont. and sired by MJB Swagger 330Z. 

Group 2 MBT

            Lot 1042 led the way in the MBT category. This bull had an MBT of 120 as well as an ADG of 3.99 and WDA of 3.09. He was consigned by MJB Ranch of Lodge Grass, Mont. and sired by MJB Blackfoot 546C. His EPDs are BW -0.4, WW +46, M +32 and YW +83.

            Royal Beef Genetics’ lot 1022 had the second-highest MBT of 119. This bull also had an ADG of 3.70, a WDA of 3.41 and EPDs of BW +2.6, WW +53, M 0 and YW +95. He is a son of LCOC Accelerate X166D.

            In third was MJB Ranch’s lot 1057 with an MBT of 115. Lot 1057 had a WDA of 3.49, an ADG of 3.36 and EPDs of BW +1, WW +41, M +33 and YW +79. He was sired by BC Duke 71D.

Champion Sire Group – MBT Index

            MJB Ranch of Lodge Grass, Mont. sired the top three Champion South Devon Sire Groups. 

            Lots 1038, 1039 and 1042 posted an average MBT Index of 110 and were sired by MJB Blackfoot 546C. 

            Sired by MJB Swagger 330Z, lots 1027, 1062 and 1035 posted an average MBT Index of 108. 

            With an average MBT Index of 107, lots 1049, 1050 and 1051 were sired by Cimarron Bold One 404B. 

World Champion Pen of Three 

            MJB Ranch of Lodge Grass, Mont. also consigned the World Champion Pen of Three South Devon bulls. Lots 1015, 1042 and 1057 posted an average MBT Index of 115.

Champion MBT Junior Consignor

            Wiley Fanta of Royal Beef Genetics in Starbuck, Minn. was the highest ranking MBT by a junior consignor. Lot 1022 was sired by LCOC Accelerate X166D and had an MBT Index of 117.

            The South Devon bulls sell on April 2. For complete results on the South Devon bulls, visit midlandbulltest.com.

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