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South MS Forage Bull Test

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South Mississippi Gain on Forage Bull Test

The primary purpose of the South Mississippi Gain-On-Forage Bull Test is to provide productive educational opportunities for beef cattle producers throughout the Southeastern United States. This educational process is grounded in the bull performance test – an official venue through which beef cattle breeders can evaluate several performance parameters of young bulls for utilization in making informed breeding management decisions. Information collected during each 168-day test is very valuable in helping producers evaluate the utility of their breeding programs and the genetic merit of their foundation breeding stock. Additionally, this test serves as a marketing tool for cattle breeders to sell eligible bulls via private treaty transactions and as a source from which commercial beef cattle producers throughout the region can locate and acquire genetically superior, high quality, forage-tested herd sires.

 
MS-LA Beef and Forage Field Day, Tylertown, MS, May 19, 2018
 
Approximate Test Calendar:
OCTOBER 
 
15
Nomination forms due for Gain on Forage Bull Test
28
1:00 – 3:00 p.m. Bull Delivery with required documentation
31 Place bulls on cool season forage pasture 
NOVEMBER 
 
18
Beginning of Gain on Forage Bull TestUltrasound date for early born bulls
JANUARY
 
13

Weigh, process, & collect data on bulls. Deadline to 
submit data on eligible bulls to be cataloged at the end of test.

FEBRUARY 
 
26

Deadline to submit completed barn sheets for bulls
 submitted to ILIA Cup Lab and non ILIA 2nd ultrasound

MARCH 
 
10

Weigh and process bulls to collect data. 2nd Ultrasound Date, later born bulls

MAY 
 
5

Weigh and process bulls to collect data and mark end of official test (test will be a minimum of 168 days)

20
Mississippi/Louisiana Beef and Forage Field Day
 

 

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