MISSISSIPPI STATE -- Top quality beef animals and horses will move through the auction ring Nov. 18 as Mississippi State University releases almost 100 surplus cattle and horses to the highest bidders.

MSU and the Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station will host the 22nd annual Animal Production Sale at the Mississippi Horse Park, AgriCenter and Fairgrounds, which is located on Poorhouse Road south of Starkville.

The horse sale will begin at 11 a.m. and will include about a dozen mares, colts, fillies and geldings. Lunch will be served at noon, and the cattle sale will begin around 1 p.m.

About 70 bred, commercial heifers from MAFES research farms in Starkville, Raymond and Prairie will be sold with calving dates beginning in February. In addition to the heifers, 17 coming 2-year-old Angus, Charolais and Polled Hereford bulls will be auctioned.

For more information on the sale, contact Animal and Dairy Science Professor Mike Boyd at (662) 325-2802.