Writer: D'Lyn Ford
LAS CRUCES -- Ranchers from New Mexico and surrounding states can have the genetic potential of their bull calves tested at the Northern New Mexico Bull Test in Abiquiu at the El Sueno del Corazon Ranch.
Beginning in November, the bull calves will be monitored for 112 days in a controlled setting to evaluate their weight gain. The test is sponsored by New Mexico State University's Cooperative Extension Service.
"This is a great way for livestock producers to compare their bulls with those from other producers," said Tony Valdez, Extension agent in Rio Arriba County. "The bull test also generates camaraderie among ranchers as they work together toward a common goal -- improving the quality of their herds."
To be eligible for the test, calves must be registered purebreds and have current vaccinations. The animals must have been born between Jan. 20 and April 20, 1998. The cost of the test is $75 per bull plus feed expenses.
The yearling bulls will be sold at auction at the end of the test on March 27, 1999. Last March, 37 performance-tested bulls were sold.
"The bull test and sale were created to bring quality animals to northern New Mexico and make them available to area livestock producers," Valdez said.
Ranchers who want their bulls tested should contact Valdez at the Rio Arriba County Extension office at (505) 753-3405.
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