The West Virginia Bull Evaluation Program at Wardensville is 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 the primary 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, West Virginia, the program is sponsored by WVU Extension Service, and WVU Division of Animal and Nutritional Sciences.
Now in its 51st year, the West Virginia Bull Evaluation Program, or Wardensville Bull Test as it is 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 risen 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 on the fourth Thursday in March.