GREENWOOD, Fla. — The 23rd Florida Bull Test was conducted at the University of Florida’s North Florida Research and Education Center (NFREC), near Marianna, Florida. There were 96 consignments from 20 consignors from Florida, Alabama, Georgia, and Mississippi. There were 34 Angus, 1 Black Hereford, 1 Brahman, 2 Brangus, 10 Charolais, 10 Red Angus, 2 Red Brangus, 3 Red Wagyu, 23 SimAngus, and 9 Simmental consignments born between August 15 and December 31 of 2021. Bulls were delivered in late July and initiated their 112-day test on August 10, 2022. The last day of test was November 30, 2022. In addition, a hallmark of the FL Bull Test is that individual feed intake is assessed to establish feed efficiency. At completion of the test the entire group of bulls averaged 3.81 pounds of gain per day but ranged from 2.32 to 5.92 pounds per day.
Activities with the Bull Test conclude with a sale on Saturday, January 14, 2023. Only bulls meeting specific benchmarks are eligible for the sale. In addition, bulls are inspected for structural soundness and disposition and must pass a breeding soundness exam to qualify for the sale. Additional information, such as actual performance data, expected progeny differences (EPDs), and carcass ultrasound data is available for bull buyers to aid in the selection of excellent quality bulls to purchase. Lunch will be available to purchase (bring cash) to support Malone FFA starting at 11:30 AM Central Time, with the opening ceremonies and auction starting at 12:30 PM.
New for this year’s sale, bulls will not be brought through the ring during the sale. Videos will be used to represent each lot during the auction. Bulls will be available for viewing in the holding pens outside of the sale arena from 8:00 am until the end of the sale, so make plans to arrive early to view the bulls prior to the sale. Internet bidding will also be available for this sale. Potential buyers will need to register through the Cattle in Motion website prior to initiation of the sale.
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For more information visit the Florida Bull Test web page, or telephone 850-526-1621. Printed catalogs for the sale are available by request. Note: The NFREC Office will be closed for the holidays from December 24 through January 2.