Performance Reports: 2007-2008
The 47th Annual Tucumcari Bull Test was completed on March 4th, with the 73 bulls on test averaging 3.90 pounds of gain per day over the 112-day test. As is customary, all bulls were indexed within their respective breed to determine a final ranking. The test index is based on an equation (40% ADG, 40% WDA, and 20% Feed efficiency) which evaluates complete performance of the individual while on test. MDP TEAR DROP 211 (Hereford), GCR BATS SUPREME L87 (Charolais), EXAR PROFESSIONAL 4141 (Angus), and DVMM JAZZ (Maine-Anjou) were the high indexing sires at this year's test within their respective index groups. The Hereford division was led by bull 3-2, a son of MDP TEAR DROP 211 owned by Abercrombie Ranch (Tucumcari, NM) who completed the test as the high indexing individual at 114.2. Smith CharolaisÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ (Las Vegas, NM) son of WM CIGAR BLANCO 7441P, bull 8-2, finished the test with the highest index (115.6) of the Charolais bulls enrolled in this year's test. Bull 14-3, a son of EXAR PROFESSIONAL 4141 (Hartzog Angus Cattle, Farwell, TX) completed the test as the high indexing bull (115.7) in the competitive 30-head Angus division. Vagabond Cattle Company's (Roswell, NM) DRAFTPICK son, bull 22-1, edged out the competition to lead the Maine-Anjou division with a test index of 116.3.
Through 84-d, the 73 bulls on test are averaging 3.89 pounds of gain per day. Bull 3-2, a son of MDP TEAR DROP 211, owned by Abercrombie Ranch (Tucumcari, NM) is the high gaining ADG individual in the Hereford index group at 4.30 pounds per day (ADG ratio = 120.0), and bull 2-2, a son of C&M FIREPOWER 218, also owned by Abercrombie Ranch is the high gaining WDA individual Hereford at 3.24 pounds per day (WDA ratio = 105.4). Grau Charolais Ranch (Grady, NM) owns Bull 7-3, a son of GCR BATS SUPREME L87, who is the high gaining ADG Charolais at 4.50 pounds per day (ADG ratio = 124.0), whereas Bull 8-2, an April-born son of WM CIGAR BLANCO 7441P owned by Smith Charolais (Las Vegas, NM) leads the Charolais index group for WDA (3.97 pounds per day; WDA ratio = 123.0). Bull 14-3, a son of EXAR PROFESSIONAL 4141, owned by Hartzog Angus Cattle (Farwell, TX) is the current high-gaining Angus bull at 5.00 pounds per day (ADG ratio = 118.5), whereas A Lazy 6 Ranch (Watrous, NM) owns Bull 16-2, a son of KCH PRECISION 100, who is the high WDA Angus bull (3.60 pounds per day; WDA ratio = 120.1). Bull 23-1, a son of DVMM JAZZ (Vagabond Cattle Co., Roswell, NM), is the high individual Maine-Anjou for both ADG (4.96 pounds per day; ADG ratio = 132.5) and WDA (3.28 pounds per day; WDA ratio = 111.4).
Entering our 47th year, it is a pleasure to provide you with this performance update for the bulls and heifers after 56-d on the test ration. I am pleased to report the health of all the cattle at our performance testing facility has been phenomenal. I strongly believe it is one of many signs of commitment our participating cooperators have in producing quality seedstock on their home operations, and indicative of their progressive nature to adopt proven management practices and technologies into this year's test.
In addition to a new, energy-free drinker system and digital RFID weighing system, cooperators unanimously decided to performance test this year's bulls using the Purina Accuration IM Technology grower-diet. I am excited about the decision to use the Purina product, primarily because of the high roughage (hay) component required in this ration. I believe the additional roughage will promote a healthier rumen to effectively digest roughage (grass) when these bulls are turned out to service cows, and subsequently decrease body condition loss after their first breeding season. Through 56-d, the 77 bulls on test are averaging 3.51 pounds of gain per day.