Florida Bull Test Sale brings big bucks for best beef

The UF/IFAS Florida Bull Test Sale, which was held at the North Florida Research and Education Center in Marianna, drew over 330 people from Florida, Georgia, Alabama, and Mississippi and sold 70 bulls.

The Florida Bull Test Sale is the culmination of the Florida 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 quality of the bulls in this year’s Florida Bull Test was outstanding with several bulls performing well above expectations,” said Gary Hansen, a UF/IFAS Assistant Professor of Animal Science and Coordinator of the Florida Bull Test Sale. “The quality of the bulls has improved each year over the last three years that I have supervised the Bull Test. The bulls which were balanced in the economically important traits, but also had eye appeal, commanded top prices.”

The highest selling bull in the sale was an Angus consigned by Southern Cattle Company in Marianna, Fla., which sold for $3,300, followed by a Simmental consigned by CD Ranch in Marianna, Fla., which sold for $3,200 and the third highest bull was an Angus consigned by Lawler Farm in Opelika, Ala., which sold for $3,100. The bulls ranged in price from $1,050 to $3,300, with an average sale price of $1,891.

Among the attendees of the sale was U.S. Rep. Allen Boyd, who has a cattle operation in Monticello, Fla. Boyd, who has attended past sales, says, “If we’re going to compete internationally as we globalize this economy we’re going to have to be a little more disciplined, a little more efficient, and these kinds of research projects that enable our cattlemen to be better producers are what we need to do.”

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, the Florida Bull Test facility and the Florida Feed Efficiency Facility.

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