Writer: D'Lyn Ford
LAS CRUCES - Ten breeds of bulls will be auctioned March 17 during a performance-tested bull sale at New Mexico State University's Agricultural Science Center at Tucumcari.
"There's probably no place in the country where you can purchase a bull that you know more about than at a central test like this," said Ron Parker, animal resources department head with NMSU's Cooperative Extension Service. "We collect a tremendous amount of information about these animals."
As part of the test, researchers evaluate the bulls' weight gain, feed efficiency, fertility and genetic backgrounds. Breeds on test this year include Simmental, Salers, Optimizers, Charolais, Angus, Red Angus, Limousin, Santa Gertrudis, Horned Hereford and Polled Hereford.
The test, now in its 39th year, also generates useful information for the beef industry, Parker said. "We have a continuing education program in the area of beef cattle performance testing, and through the materials we produce, provide an educational arm to the industry," he said.
Buyers are welcome to view the bulls before the sale. The science center is located on U.S. Highway Those who would like updates about the 112-day test may subscribe to the Bull Session newsletter by contacting Parker at (505) 646-1709.
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