Bull Test Sale
The 2021 Florida Bull Test of 104 bulls is complete, and 67 of these bulls will be offered for sale through the 22nd annual Florida Bull Test Sale, that will be held on Saturday, January 15, 2022. The bulls will be sold via auction to the highest bidder, either in-person (no restrictions this year) at the Beef Unit Pavilion or online through Internet bidding with videos of bulls available through Cattle In Motion (www.cattleinmotion.com). Individual bull videos can also be accessed prior to the sale through the same Cattle in Motion website. The 67 bulls in the catalog will be required to pass a Breeding Soundness Exam, so these numbers could could be reduced prior to the auction. Currently there are 26 Angus, 26 SimAngus, 11 Simmental, 2 Red Brangus, 1 Red Angus, and 1 Brahman bull listed in the sale catalog being offered by 19 consignors from the tri-state region (FL, GA, AL). The sale order is determined from an index that combines both the average daily gain through the test and the bull’s weight per day of age. The sale catalog provides a wide range of additional performance data that buyers should also use as selection tools such as feed efficiency ranking, EPDs, EPD indexes, ultrasound carcass data, parent verification, genomic testing, frame score, birth, weaning, yearling weights and final test weights, scrotal circumference measurements, and pedigrees.
Lunch will be available to purchase at 11:30 Central Time from the Malone FFA Chapter, so please be prepared with adequate cash to feed for your party. The recognition of the top bulls from each breed category will begin at 12:30 PM CT with the auction beginning immediately following. Purchased bulls will not be loaded during the auction, but will start immediately after the conclusion of the sale. Arrangements for pickup other than sale day should be made in advance.
The sale will be held in the sale pavilion at the NFREC-Marianna Beef Research Unit, home of the Florida Bull Test, (4925 Highway 162, Greenwood, FL). The Beef Unit is located 1.4 miles west on Highway 162 from the traffic light in Greenwood. An alternative route for those coming from the east on I-10, is to exit at 152 at Grand Ridge and take Highway 69 to the traffic light in Greenwood, and continue west for another 1.4 miles. The beef Unit is 11.4 miles east of Highway 231 on Highway 162. From I-10, take Highway 71 north at exit 142, through Marianna to Greenwood (approximately 11 miles). From Dothan, AL take Highway 231 south and turn left on Highway 162 (look for green bull test sign).
Florida Bull Test
The objective of the Florida bull Test test is to evaluate the performance potential and breeding soundness of bulls consigned. This year was the eighth year that individual feed efficiency was evaluated on all bulls. The Florida Bull Test consists of a 112-day performance test plus a breeding soundness evaluation on every bull that qualifies for the auction. When the bulls arrived at the NFREC Feed Efficiency Facility (FEF), they were sorted into contemporary groups, and then moved into pens where they were adapted to a soy hull and corn gluten-based diet for three weeks, before initiating the test. The bulls remained in the FEF for 56 days to collect intake data and were then relocated to 3.25-acre pastures for the remaining 56 days of the test, where they received the same diet. Animal performance, specifically average daily gain (ADG), was calculated using only the official starting and finishing test weights. Throughout the test, bulls were observed and screened for structural soundness and disposition. Bulls deemed to be structurally unsound or of poor disposition did not qualify for the sale.
In the 2021 Bull Test, 102 bulls had an overall ADG of 3.69 lb/day. The average weight per day of age was 3.06 lb/day. Average daily feed intake during the first 56 days of the test was 23.61 lb/day (on a dry matter basis) and average feed:gain ratio of 7.79 pounds of feed for every pound of gain. A significant portion of the test is the inclusion of feed efficiency of individual bulls. To rank the bulls on feed efficiency we use residual feed intake (RFI), which is the difference between actual feed intake and expected feed intake. The more negative the number, the more efficient the bull. During this bull test the RFI of bulls ranged from -9.61 to 10.05 lb/d. Therefore, the most efficient bull consumed 9.61 lb per day less feed than expected for his gain. This equates to more than 3,500 lb per year less feed than that bull was expected to consume!
Our staff has worked hard to provide the best care possible for these bulls. We believe each bull has been given the opportunity to express his own genetic potential for performance and fertility. We look forward to visiting with you about the bulls either before or on sale day.
For more information, use the following links:
Cattle in Motion FL Bull Test Sale website (Internet bidding and bull videos)
Florida Bull Test website
For additional questions and information contact:
NFREC Marianna Office: 850-526-1611
Nicolas DiLorenzo – FL Bull Test Coordinator
Beef Unit/Sale Day Phone: 850-526-1620
David Thomas – Beef Unit Manager
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