The University of Florida/Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) will be holding it annual Florida Bull Test Sale on Saturday, Jan. 22, 2005 at 12:30 p.m. CDT. The Sale will be held at the North Florida Research and Education Center (NFREC-Marianna) Beef Research Unit, one mile west of Greenwood, Fla., at 4925 Highway 162 North.
One objective of the Florida Bull Test is to provide the commercial cow/calf producer a source of bulls that have been gain tested and thoroughly evaluated at the same location and have passed stringent health requirements.
“We feel that our bulls are superior to some of the other bulls here in the area because they have been performance tested in a neutral environment where all bulls have an equal chance to perform and do well. Then we take those bulls that performed well in various areas, such as average daily gain, ultra-sounded for rib eye, and rump-fat thickness and intra-muscular fat percentage, and put those all into an equation to find those bulls that will perform out in the industry the best,” said Gary Hansen, Faculty Supervisor of the Florida Bull Test and a UF/IFAS assistant professor of animal science.
“These bulls are also fertility tested by a vet. This year we'll include in the fertility test a test for the fertility-associated antigen. Those bulls that have this antigen will usually impregnate between 9 percent and 17 percent more cows, so we feel this is an important advantage of some of the bulls that will be coming out of the Florida Bull Test.”
Approximately 100 performance proven bulls will be sold, including Angus, Beefmaster, Charolais, Hereford, Limousin, Senepol and Simmental breeds. Each of the bulls in the Sale indexed 90 or better based on a combination of gain and weight per day of age in the Test.
NFREC-Marianna is a large unit of UF/IFAS that focuses on agronomic, forestry, and beef cattle programs. It is also home to a modern 1,000 acre cattle ranch and the Florida Bull Test facility.