For those interested in nominating bulls for the 2017 Florida Bull Test, here’s a reminder you have until June 15th to do so. The 18th Florida Bull Test will once again take place at the University of Florida’s North Florida Research and Education Center in Marianna. Last year there were 129 consignments from Florida, Alabama, Georgia, and Mississippi, and the window is still open to get yours in this year.
The Florida Bull Test is the only test in the southern U.S. offering feed efficiency data on the bulls consigned, through the Feed Efficiency Facility using the GrowSafe System at the UF/IFAS Beef Research Unit near Marianna. The purpose of the test is to standardize environmental conditions for evaluating post-weaning performance and to provide records which should be useful to the consignor, in evaluating his/her breeding program, and to the buyer as a source of performance-tested bulls.
And then the bulls in the program have the opportunity to be consigned to the sale, which is scheduled to take place January 20, 2018, at the NFREC-Marianna. Or if a consignor would rather, they can retain ownership. Purebred or full blood bulls born between August 15 and December 31, 2016, are eligible for nomination.
The Florida Bull Test is an Extension Program coordinated by the UF/IFAS faculty and staff at the North Florida Research and Education Center in Marianna, in conjunction with the Jackson County Cattlemen’s Association.
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