Nicolas DiLorenzo, UF/IFAS Beef Specialist, North Florida Research and Education Center
Nominations are currently being accepted for the 2021-22 Florida Bull Test. To qualify for the 2021-22 Test, bulls had to be born between August 15 and December 31 of 2020. If you would like to nominate bulls, please submit the Florida Bull Test Nomination Form by June 15. Rules and entry forms, and the 2021 schedule are available on the Florida Bull Test web page, or by calling 850-526-1611 for additional information.
The Florida Bull Test is starting its 22nd edition, and it continues to provide timely and valuable information to producers, helping them to make sound decisions about beef cattle genetics in their herds and seedstock operations. In a survey conducted at the 2020 Florida Bull Test Sale, buyers indicated that calves sired from bulls purchased from the Florida Bull Test have a perceived increased value of $67/head or more. The test provides the opportunity to measure growth and reproductive performance over a period of 112 days. Technology in the Feed Efficiency Facility of the University of Florida-NFREC is used to measure individual feed intake and feed efficiency. In addition, the test provides an opportunity for consignors to market superior genetics through the Florida Bull Sale, and for commercial producers to have access to performance-tested sires. The inclusion of online bidding through Cattle in Motion has expanded the reach of the sale, with potential buyers being able to access high-quality videos of the bulls and catalog information for the annual sale.
New this Year
Due to sustained increases in feed prices, the Bull Test Committee had to increase the cost of enrolling a bull in the test to $950/bull. The cost increase will help to ensure the sustainability of this important program for the region. To continue with the mission of providing high-quality and proven genetics for the Southeast, the Committee also decided to move towards enforcing parent verification in all bulls enrolled in the Test with the intent of participating in the 2023 Florida Bull Test Sale. Bulls that are already parent-verified for the 2022 Sale will be recognized in the sale catalog that will be published in December. To help facilitate this process, NFREC staff will be collecting blood samples on the bulls delivered for the 2021 Test, providing the option of having samples sent in to be tested for parent verification. The consignor will be responsible for the cost of the sample analyses, while the research and extension programs of Drs. Gonella-Diaza and DiLorenzo will cover the cost of the supplies for blood sample collection.
Results from the 2020-21 Florida Bull Test Sale
The 2020-21 Florida Bull Test Sale was successfully completed on January 16, 2021 at the University of Florida, North Florida Research and Education Center. Despite all the challenges imposed by the pandemic, the sale for the 21st edition of this valuable extension program took place under restricted in-person attendance with a broadcast via Facebook Live. A total of 63 bulls from 5 different breeds were sold, grossing $175,300, with an average of $2,783 per lot. SimAngus bulls averaged $2,582 on 33 lots, while Angus bulls averaged $3,144 on 18 lots. Simmental bulls averaged $2,925 on 8 lots, and the 3 lots of Hereford bulls averaged $2,067. The high-selling bull was lot 41 (Angus), LHH Blackstone 6325 E6 G15, selling for $4,990, and was consigned by Mr. Hubert Hightower from Monticello, FL.
Overall Performance and Bull Test Winners
The overall average of the 2020-21 Florida Bull Test was an average daily gain (ADG) of 3.73 lb/day, with a feed intake of 23.96 lbs of DM/day and an average feed-to-gain ratio of 6.73, measured through the first 56 days of the test at the Feed Efficiency Facility. Table 1 shows a summary of the top performing bulls in each of the breed categories. The overall top indexing bull was HBR Legend 66 P (Charolais), consigned by Rogers Bar HR. The index used to rank bulls is calculated as the sum of average daily gain (ADG) and weight per day of age (WDA). The Top Feed Efficiency Bull, based on the lowest value of residual feed intake (RFI), was the Angus bull LHH Blackstone 6325 E6 G15, consigned by Mr. Hubert Hightower.
For more information regarding consignment form, bull health form, and general policies and procedures:
Website: https://nfrec.ifas.ufl.edu/florida bull test/
Phone: (850) 526 1621
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