Showgoers aim to make bull market

Chelle Delaney

Cattle and genetic specialists have been preparing for the annual Tucumcari Bull Test Sale on Friday.

The test was completed on March 9, with the 122 bulls on test averaging 4.26 pounds of gain per day over the 112-day test, said Manny Encinias, extension beef cattle specialist at the Clayton Livestock Research Center.

The bulls were tested on a forage-based diet so that they are ready to go to work on the buyers’ ranches, Encinias said.

The test index is based on 40 percent average daily gain, 40 percent weight per day of age and 20 percent feed efficiency.

“We’ve gotten compliments on how fit they look,” Encianias said.

And the number of participating producers has nearly doubled compared to last year, he said.

The bulls will have complete performance data based on the test index. They also will have ultrasound data and DNA marker profiles for quality grade, tenderness and feed efficiency, Encinias said.

The test sale, also marks the introduction of the New Mexico Gold Calf marketing program. In this program, calves produced by the bulls sold in the 2009 test are eligible for enrollment in the New Mexico Gold Calf program. It’s a marketing outlet designed specifically for New Mexico calves to help New Mexico producers add value to their calves, Encinias said.

In the end, it also means added cents to every pound sold, he said.

Among this year’s bulls tested:
• M6 Cigar 573P ET (Charolais), Exar Precision 5290 (Angus), VL Mr. Jazz It Up 348590 (Maine-Anjou), and RA Mile High Fire 05 (Hereford) were the high indexing sires at this year’s test within their respective index groups.

• Sandhill Charolais’ (Boise City, Okla) son of M6 Cigar 573P ET, bull 6-2, finished the test with the highest index (129.2) of the Charolais bulls enrolled in this year’s test.
• Bull 12-4, a son of Exar Precusuib 5280 (Hartzog Angus Cattle, Farwell, Texas) completed the test as the high indexing bull (118.8) in the competitive 79-head Angus division.

• Vagabond Cattle Company’s (Roswell) VL Mr. Jass It Up 348590 son, bull 33-1, edged out the competition to lead the Maine-Anjou division with a test index of 109.5.

• The Hereford division was led by bull 38-1, a son of HC Standard Lad 5305 owned by Salazar Ranches (Espanola) who completed the test as the high indexing individual at 116.4.

• Zenitram Ranch’s (El Rito,) Tgards Romeo son, bull 39-3, was the high indexing Blonde D’Aquitaine bull.

Tucumcari Bull Test Events
Thursday
6 p.m., Buyers’ Pre-Sale Bull Session, Social and Supper
Tucumcari Convention Center
Friday
11:30 a.m., lunch
1 p.m., 48th Bull Sale
NMSU AgScience Center
US Highway 54
For more information visit: http://cahe.nmsu.edu/beefperformancetest.