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Bull Calf Evaluation and Marketing Workshop – May 18

Hereford bulls at Southern Cattle Company, Marianna, FL.  Credit: Doug Mayo

The Alabama Cooperative Extension System is holding a hands-on workshop geared toward purebred beef producers on Friday, May 18, 2018.  A Bull Calf Evaluation and Marketing workshop will be held at the Southern Cattle Company Farm, near Dothan, AL from 1:30 to 4:30 PM.


Workshop location:  Southern Cattle Company
US Hwy 84 Farm – 347 S. Bay Springs Road, Dothan, AL
(Not the Southern Cattle headquarters in Florida on Hwy 231 near Marianna)

According to Rickey Hudson, Animal Science and Forages Regional Extension Agent, “This workshop will teach producers how to evaluate bull calves, and how to effectively market these bulls once they have been developed into breeding bulls.  The workshop will focus on teaching producers how to evaluate a bull calf’s skeletal and foot structure, muscling and reproductive potential.  These physical attributes are very important in how long the bull can remain in the herd.”

Once these physical characteristics have been evaluated and combined with genetic potential indicators, the work of marketing can begin.  “It is important producers understand bulls can have different breeding purposes and this affects how they should be marketed,” says Dr. Lisa Kriese-Anderson, beef cattle specialist with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System.  Some bulls excel in many areas, such as calving ease, growth, and the ability to produce good daughters.  Other bulls may excel in only one or two areas.  Each quality bull has his place in the breeding herd.  Kriese-Anderson also adds, “Not all bull calves should be developed as breeding bulls.

If you would like to attend, please RSVP to Rickey Hudson or 334-693-2010, by Thursday, May 17th.



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