BeefTalk: Bull Buying Basics – The Numbers Are Real, But Not Absolute

BeefTalk: Bull Buying Basics – The Numbers Are Real, But Not Absolute

By Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist, NDSU Extension Service

What does the bull weigh? 

When buying bulls, the actual weight of the bull is not as important as the progeny weight.

In bull buying, the accuracy of expected progeny difference (EPD) is important. However, just because something cannot be measured precisely does not mean that the estimate of the value is not accurate.

Recently, my weight on a reliable scale was 172 pounds. On that same gym scale, I have weighed up to 178 pounds and as low as 171 pounds, plus all the numbers in between.

Is the scale in error? What is my real weight? Should I just pick a weight?

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