Florida sale moves performance proven bulls

With his mouth moving a mile a minute, auctioneer Ed Neel, who owns Dothan Livestock Auction Market, was selling bulls faster than you could say University of Florida/Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences’(UF/IFAS) North Florida Research and Education Center (NFREC).

With over 89 bulls up for sale and 53 buyers attending the UF/IFAS Florida Bull Test Sale at NFREC-Marianna, the auctioneer’s verbal prowess made for a rapid moving sale.

One of the buyers who attended the Bull Test Sale was U.S. Rep. Allen Boyd, who has a cattle operation in Monticello, Fla. Boyd, who has bought bulls from previous Bull Test Sales says, “You can get some really good bulls here and those bulls perform well for us back home. The work that they’re doing here at the Bull Test Sale is obviously very important to advance the industry here in the Southeast.”

Ronnie Gilmore of Molino, Fla., who sold bulls from his Gizmo Angus Farm in the first Bull Test, also believes that the Bull Test helps the regional beef industry. “I think it benefits the consigners, it gives us a location to market our bulls and as far as buyers, it gives them a good area to come to see the different types of bulls,” Gilmore said. “There’s something here for everybody and there’s a good group of bulls here.”

The Bull Test Sale is the culmination of the Bull Test, which is designed 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.

The group of 89 performance proven bulls included Angus, Charolais, Hereford, Limousin and Simmental breeds. The average price of the bulls was $1,716, the highest selling bull, which was an Angus, went for $3,800.

The Bull Test Sale provided buyers and other industry professionals the opportunity to purchase bulls whose genetics have been tested by a neutral party. Jeremie Ruble, an American Simmental Association field representative, made a trip from Bozeman, Mont. to take advantage of the results of the Bull Test.

“We see there’s a lot of opportunity to get more Simmental genetics in Florida and we’re trying to capitalize on that and help the breeders out as much as we can,” Ruble said. “I think that when you put it in this type of format, you get to compare bulls across the board, look at a lot of traits, you can see bulls from different breeds compared, I think it’s a really good way to do things, it kind of takes some error out just of being on one farm, having the university take care of it really helps.”

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.

Additional information can also be found at http://nfrec.ifas.ufl.edu

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