Penn State beef cattle sale set for Nov. 7, expects to raise $100,000

June 19, 2003

University Park, Pa. -- Renewing a time-honored tradition, Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences this fall will hold a beef cattle sale. The first sale at Penn State since 1990, the event will be an educational experience for students, a fund-raiser and an opportunity to share Penn State genetics with other beef producers.

Angus breeders from across the east are expected to attend the "Penn State Proud! Beef Cattle Sale," which is open to the public. Starting at noon on Nov. 7 at the Beef-Sheep Center off Orchard Road, approximately 50 cows will be sold, according to beef unit manager Don Nichols. Many of the cows will have calves at their side and heifers will have been bred to top A.1. sires. Very few bulls will be sold.

Although the sale is expected to generate more than $100,000, Nichols believes the biggest benefit is to students.

"We are developing students who will be qualified to merchandise cattle," he says. "They will learn marketing techniques and the subtle things we do to prepare animals for sale. This will teach them something that they can take home. They'll meet people in the business and hopefully make merchandising contacts that might help them later."

Nichols hopes this year's sale will be the first of many, held at regular intervals at Penn State.

"Sales help us to control our cattle inventory, and they allow us to offer our genetics to other Angus breeders throughout the country," he says. "With the number of cattle we have and the long-range plan, we should get back to having sales every two or three years. It is something that we have to build on. Sales attract students and help the breeders."

For more information about the beef sale, call 814-863-0831 or visit http://das.psu.edu/beefsale/ on the Web.

EDITORS: For more information, contact Karen Vines at (814) 865-3097 or kvines@psu.edu.

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Last Updated March 19, 2009