AUBURN, Ala. – Alabama Extension is offering a hands-on workshop for purebred producers and bull developers. Alabama beef producers will have a chance to enhance their knowledge on bull calf evaluating and marketing for breeding.
Gerry Thompson, an Alabama Extension regional agent of animal science and forages, said the workshop will teach producers how to evaluate and effectively market these bulls once they are developed into breeding bulls.
“The workshop will focus on teaching producers how to evaluate a bull calf’s skeletal and foot structure, muscling and also reproductive potential,” said Thompson. “These physical attributes are important in how long the bull can remain in the herd.”
There will be two workshop locations, both lasting from 1:30 p.m. until 4:30 p.m. The first workshop is Friday, May 4, at the North Alabama BCIA Bull Evaluation Center in Cullman. The other workshop is Friday, May 11, at the Auburn University Beef Teaching Unit in Auburn.
Dr. Lisa Kriese-Anderson, an Alabama Extension beef cattle specialist, said that once these physical characteristics have been evaluated and combined with genetic potential indicators, the work of marketing can begin.
“It is important producers understand bulls have different breeding purposes and this affects how you market them. Also, not all bull calves should be candidates for breeding bulls,” said Kriese-Anderson. “Some bulls excel in many areas, such as calving ease, growth and the ability to produce good daughters. Other bulls may excel in one or two areas, however each quality bull has his place in the breeding herd.”
Both workshops are free to attend. To ensure there are enough materials, those wishing to attend need to RSVP before the workshop. For the May 4 workshop, please RSVP by Friday, April 27, to Gerry Thompson by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 256-508-2020. The North Alabama BCIA Bull Evaluation Center is located at 1471 County Road 781 Cullman, Alabama.
For the May 11 workshop, please RSVP by Friday, May 4, to Lisa Kriese-Anderson by email at email@example.com or by phone at 334-539-2129. The Auburn University Beef Teaching Unit is located at 500 Shug Jordan Parkway Auburn, Alabama.