Planning is underway for the third year of the Cornell All Forage Fed Bull Test. Gain on last year’s 112-day test was a success with an average gain of 1.7 lb. on a diet of ensiled forages and mineral. Monthly updates were provided to consignors and other producers with the information posted to: http://beefcattle.ansci.cornell.edu/. The young bulls were body conditioned scored and weighed every 28 days. Hip heights were measured to determine frame scores. Breeding soundness and carcass ultrasound exams were performed at the conclusion of the test.
New York is well positioned to take advantage of the growing demand for pasture-finished beef due to its rich grazing resources and proximity to large urban markets. One of the keys to profitable production is the use of genetics that will result in a quality product within a feasible timeframe. Raising animals through a second winter presents challenges both from an economical and production standpoint. Consequently, the ideal scenario for producers is to combine appropriate genetics and sound management to achieve good carcass quality within 20 months. This will allow producers to calve on pasture in the spring (~May) and finish animals prior to the onset of a second winter feeding season (~December). The forage based test is a cost-effective option to help breeders and buyers assess and compare bull cohorts raised under commercial conditions.
Comment from one of last year’s consignors, Jeremy Engh of Lakota Ranch, Va, “I thought you would be happy to know that we sold our bull A36 shortly after his return from the Cornell bull test. I attribute his sale in part to his performance data which was collected at the Cornell bull test.”
This year’s test has expanded to 140 days. Delivery dates are January 8 and 9 with the test beginning January 15. Nomination form with a non-refundable $50 deposit is due by October 1. If you are interested in consigning a bull(s) or want additional information, contact Nancy Glazier at (585) 315-7746, email@example.com or Mike Baker at (607) 255-5923, firstname.lastname@example.org. Test rules, FAQs and forms can be found at http://beefcattle.ansci.cornell.edu/eventsprogram.