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For over 45 years, the West Virginia Bull Evaluation Program at Wardensville has been 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 today, the 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, WV, the program is sponsored by the West Virginia Cattlemen’s Association, West Virginia Department of Agriculture, WVU Extension Service, and WVU Division of Animal and Nutritional Sciences.

Now in its 47th year, the West Virginia Bull Evaluation Program, or Wardensville Bull Test as it 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 rose 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 the fourth Thursday in March, and only the best bulls make the sale. The bulls are culled hard, extremely hard! Bulls are eliminated from the sale if they fail to meet strict minimum qualifications for structure, muscling, gain, feed efficiency, fertility, and marbling. In fact, only 2/3 of the bulls evaluated will sell. That means the program eliminates all the problems for you. The bulls are solid, dependable, and ready to work. They are a safe bet, and you can buy with confidence!