Writer: D'Lyn Ford
TUCUMCARI - Southwestern cattle producers will have a chance to perk up their herds by purchasing quality young bulls at the Tucumcari Bull Test Sale March 21 at New Mexico State University's Agricultural Science Center at Tucumcari.
"This is our 42nd year, and during that time we've tested more than 4,500 bulls," said Ron Parker, head of NMSU's Extension animal resources department.
Breeders brought their best bull calves to Tucumcari last October for the 112-day, weight-gain test. Each yearling bull's feed efficiency and breeding potential is evaluated before the sale, Parker said. Bulls currently in the test include Angus, Charolais, Hereford, Polled Hereford, Maine-Anjou, Simmental and Santa Gertrudis, he said.
The goal of the NMSU program is to bring yearling bulls to the test that are representative of the producer's herd, and assess them under uniform feeding and management, Parker said. NMSU livestock researchers then measure performance and identify bulls with superior genetic makeup for use in herds throughout the Southwest, he said.
"It gives seed stock producers the opportunity to evaluate their cattle and compare them to other purebred herds," he said.
The sale, which is open to the public, will be held at that science center located 3 miles northeast of Tucumcari on U.S. Highway 54. Lunch will be available at 11:15 a.m., and the sale begins at noon. For more information or if you are an individual with a disability who is in need of an auxiliary aid or service to participate in the meeting, please contact Parker at (505) 646-1709 or firstname.lastname@example.org before the event.
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