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ALABAMA BCIA ACCEPTING NOMINATIONS FOR BULL TESTS

The Alabama Beef Cattle Improvement Association (AL BCIA) has finalized plans for the 2007-08 evaluation and sale season. A call for nominations for the AL BCIA bull evaluations is being issued to AL BCIA members and all interested seedstock producers. Performance evaluations provide a uniform environment to develop, evaluate, and market bull calves and the genetics they reflect. Bull evaluations provide an excellent opportunity for breeders to display the genetics in their breeding programs, compare sires, and obtain performance data that is difficult to measure on farm. AL BCIA bull evaluation sales present complete performance data featuring all evaluation gain data, carcass ultrasound, and breeding soundness exams on all bulls offered for sale.

Beginning in 1951, the Auburn University Bull Test, in its 58th year, is the longest, consecutive running bull evaluation in the U. S. The 2007-08 Auburn University Bull Test is calling for bulls born between October 15, 2006 through January 15, 2007 to be nominated by June 12, 2007. Bulls will be delivered to Auburn University on August 21-22 and will be offered for sale on Friday, January 11, 2008 at the Ham Wilson Livestock Arena at noon via video. The Auburn University Bull Test offers the unique opportunity to measure and evaluate individual feed efficiency through the Calan Gate System. Feed efficient genetics can reduce feed costsóboth at the farm and in the feedlot. Average costs for bull development, evaluation, and sale through the Auburn University Bull Test range from $800-850/bull.

The North Alabama Bull Evaluation held on the Donaldson Farm in Cullman is currently in its 35th year, having been established in 1972. The 2007 North Alabama Bull Evaluation will evaluate bulls born between August 15, 2006 through October 31, 2006 to be nominated by June 12, 2007. Bulls will be delivered to Donaldson Farms on July 10, 2007 and will be offered for sale on Saturday, December 8, 2007 at Cullman Stockyards at 11 am. Bulls are managed and evaluated in outside paddocks located on steep inclines making for better physical condition. Average costs for bull development, evaluation, and sale through the North Alabama Bull Evaluation range from $700-750/bull.

The Wiregrass Forage Based Bull Evaluation held on Phil Farris Farms near Elba will begin its 20th year in 2007-08, having been established in 1987. The 2007-08 Wiregrass Forage Based Evaluation will evaluate bulls born between November 1, 2006 through February 28, 2007 to be nominated by September 10, 2007. Bulls will be delivered to Farris Farms in November 2007 and will be evaluated and prepared for sale to be offered on Saturday, October 18, 2008 at Farris Farms at noon. Bulls are developed and evaluated in grazing conditions, similar to those of a commercial cow calf producer in Alabama. Average costs for bull development, evaluation, and sale through the Wiregrass Bull Evaluation range from $800-850/bull.

Please contact Michelle Elmore, Extension Animal Scientist/Beef Cattle Improvement at the Alabama BCIA office, (205) 646-0115, for membership and nomination forms and for more information or visit www.albcia.org. All consignors to Alabama BCIA bull evaluations must be active Alabama BCIA members.

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