Marianna's Beef Unit was the site of a successful University of Florida/Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Bull Sale in February. The top-selling bull got the crowd's attention by fetching $15,000 for owners Dan and Kathy Cain of Dogwood Farms, who will retain interest in the bull for one-third of the future semen.

Buyers were Barrineau Farms of Molino, Fla., and Wayne Clemmer of Monroeville, Pa.

The second highest selling bull was purchased for $4,000 by Scott Carey of Madison, Ga. It was sold by the Southern Cattle Company.

There were 37 bu0lls sold at the average price of $1,851.35. Breeds included Angus, Brangus, Charolais, Limousin, Simbrah and Simmental.

The auctioneer was Tommy Barnes.

Common environment

The Florida Bull Test provides an opportunity for cattlemen from a wide variety of locations and environments to test their bulls under a common environment and to evaluate their breeding programs with the goal of producing high-performing bulls.

Animals must be vaccinated and they are fed a complete ration and hay. The cost to participate in the program is $650 for each bull.

Ronnie Hartzog, coordinator of research programs for NFREC-Marianna, said, “This was a real good group of bulls. The quality of the bulls and their response on the test was reflected at the sale.”

Chanley Carter of the Florida Cattleman's Association commented, “This was an excellent sale. Farmers want older and bigger bulls. We will continue our efforts to make this sale even better.”

Plans are in progress for the next bull test and sale.

The North Florida Research and Education Center (NFREC) is part of the University of Florida/Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences.