Bob Sand email@example.com, (352) 392-7529
MARIANNA—Breeders and cattlemen interested in consigning bulls and finding out more about the University of Florida’s new bull-testing facility are invited to an open house at UF’s North Florida Research and Education Center in Marianna on Saturday, May 20 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
“Some breeders indicated they would like to consign their animals but would like to find out more about the facility before that,” said Bob Sand, extension livestock specialist with UF’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. (UF/IFAS).
“We’re inviting all potential consignors and interested cattlemen to come by for informal tours of the facility, as well as question and answer sessions,” he said.
The facility is the only one in Florida designed and equipped for bull testing. It will host Florida Bull Test 2000, beginning July 14, for cattle growers who want to have performance testing and evaluations done on their bulls as well as their breeding programs.
The testing will yield a source of bulls that have passed strict health requirements and evaluations for commercial producers.
For more information on bull-testing, contact the UF/IFAS North Florida Research and Education Center in Marianna at (850) 482-9904 or Bob Sand at the UF/IFAS Department of Animal Sciences in Gainesville at (352) 392-7529.