Navasota, Texas – The Genetic Development Center, a division of Sexing Technologies, has announced that it will be hosting the 1 st annual “Best of the Test” multi-breed bull sale at its facility in Navasota on Friday, March 13th at 2 pm. The GDC has hosted both auction and private treaty sales in recent years for bulls that have completed their performance and efficiency test, but the “Best of the Test” sale will be the first of its kind, featuring several breeds including both black and red Brangus bulls and heifers. Consigners of Brangus bulls include Shooting Star Land & Cattle of Lamesa, TX, Pennridge Farms of Tomball, TX, and Markham Cattle of Manvel, TX.
Brangus bulls offered in the sale range from yearlings to 20 months old and have all completed performance and feed efficiency tests at the GDC. These bulls are backed by more data than can be found anywhere else. Each bull has individual intake, average daily gain, feed conversion, Residual Feed Intake (RFI) and ratio information. They will also have complete EPDs, carcass ultrasound measurements and fertility testing reported at the time of sale.
The Genetic Development Center was established in the spring of 2012 as a custom bull test and heifer development facility for seedstock breeders in the lower 48 states. With volatile grain and hay prices and a series of devastating droughts that forced liquidation in many herds throughout Texas and the south, the need was recognized for a facility to measure feed input costs on individual animals. With feed & forage accounting for 60-70% of variable costs associated with cattle production, the GDC’s feed intake measuring abilities and RFI data now allow breeders to compare their cattle against each other or cattle from other producers of the same breed. In this way, breed associations can make improvements to their cattle and individual breeders can improve their own herds or add value to their sale offerings. Other notable Brangus breeders that have benefited from participation in the GDC’s test program include Blackwater Cattle Co. (GA), Mound Creek Ranch (TX), Red Bird Meadows (TX), Petta Brangus Ranches (TX), Triangle K Farms (TX), & McDonald Ranches (TX).
Interested buyers may visit the GDC website, http://www.geneticdevelopmentcenter.com, or call Ryan Doerner to be added to the sale catalog mailing list or to schedule a personal viewing of the bulls at the GDC test facility prior to the sale. Videos of sale bulls will be available for viewing in mid-February by visiting the GDC website as well.
The sale is managed by PrimeTIME Agrimarketing Network, INC with Doak Lambert performing the auctioneering duties. The sale will be a video auction with absentee bidding available through DVauction or by phone. The Genetic Development Center is located 15 miles south of Texas A&M University at College Station and 80 miles north of Houston at 22909 FM 2154 in Navasota, TX.
To learn more about the “Best of the Test” sale, please contact
Ryan Doerner, GDC Mgr 979.324.6004
Tim Cormany, Asst. Mgr 979.308.8704
Luke Bradford, Beef Prog. Coordinator 979.571.0028
Craig Reiter, Sales Mgr 419.350.9159