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Northern N.M. Bull Test and Heifer Development Sale Set

LAS CRUCES - Livestock producers from Arizona, Kansas and New Mexico will sell 39 performance-tested bulls and 32 heifers March 24 at El Sueño del Corazón Ranch near Abiquiu.

The bulls and heifers are evaluated as part of the Northern New Mexico Bull Test and Heifer Development program, sponsored by New Mexico State University's Cooperative Extension Service.

The 112-day test evaluates the bulls' weight gain and breeding potential and the heifers' growth development and reproductive traits. A variety of breeds are being offered for sale, including Salers, Gelbvieh, Charolais, Simmental, Polled Hereford, Black Angus, Red Angus, Santa Gertrudis and Blonde d' Aquitaine.

The sale will also feature a chuckwagon dinner, a trade show, a ranch tour and guest speakers on cattle marketing and value-added beef marketing."The highlight of the event is the presentation of the Corazón Award," said Sage Miller, office manager of El Sueño del Corazón Ranch. "This is a time for us to recognize women in this industry who have done so much for it."

Nominations for the Corazón Award were submitted by the agricultural community, with the winner chosen by a select committee. Eligible recipients were women who have shown dedication to the agricultural industry but haven't received a lot of recognition, she said.

The sale will begin at 1 p.m. and the dinner will be held at 6 p.m. There is no cost to attend any of the events but reservations are required by March 16. For more information, contact Tony Valdez at (505) 753-3405 or the El Sueño del Corazón Ranch at (505) 685-4478.