Writer: D'Lyn Ford
LAS CRUCES -- Livestock producers from Colorado and New Mexico will sell 37 performance-tested bulls March 28 in Abiquiu at the El Sueno Del Corazon Ranch off County Road 155.
The bulls have been part of the Northern New Mexico Bull Testing Program, sponsored by New Mexico State University's Cooperative Extension Service. For 112 days, the bulls were monitored for weight gain and breeding potential.
The bull test and sale were created to bring exceptional animals to producers in the northern part of the state.
"The reason for testing these bulls in a central location is to determine their economic traits, like weight gain and breeding characteristics," said Tony Valdez, Extension agent in Rio Arriba County. "These measurable economic traits help producers and prospective buyers select quality bulls that will hopefully improve their herds."
A variety of breeds are geing offered for sale, including Gelbvieh, Brangus, Santa Gertrudis, Simmental, Hereford, Angus, Beefmaster, Charolais, Saler, Polled Hereford and Blonde de Aquitaine.
"The bull test sale is important to New Mexico producers because it allows them to share information with other commercial breeders," Valdez said. "It also generates camaraderie between producers working together to achieve a common goal -- improving the quality of their herds."
The sale will begin at 1 p.m. on March 28. The Qbiquiu Hillbillies 4-H Club will serve a complementary lunch to prospective buyers before the sale.
For more information about the bull sale, contact Valdez at (505) 753-3405.
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