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All Forage Bull Test Gearing Up For Year 3

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Morgan Hartman is a grazier and Founder/Managing Partner of Black Queen Angus Farm in Berlin, NY. He regularly can be found near a smoky fire with greasy fingers and a well-fed expression on his face. Less frequently he can be found actually working.


  1. Morgan Hartman says:

    While there are several all-forage development programs across the country and across many breeds, I don’t know of any that are fully research based.
    As a producer of registered cattle and a potential consignor, I wanted to see this test incorporate a minimum of 60 days of grazing to follow the stored forage phase of the test. That would have made the test a 200 day period.
    For many logistical reasons Cornell’s test facility could not accommodate the grazing portion of the test, so it’s not happening this year.
    What we do have is a 140 day period in which to track feed consumption, body condition, genomic testing, ultrasound, weight gain, fertility testing. All of us who sat around the table, researchers, producers and Extension Personnel want to see diversity of breeds represented and even strains within individual breeds. The maximum number of cattle the current facility can hold is currently pegged at 50. So that’s how many bulls are being accepted, with a maximum of 4 bulls per farm/ranch. If the total number of bulls consigned is less than 50, then producers with cattle already consigned will likely be asked to consign more to reach the maximum able to fit.
    From a research standpoint, and in order to reach statistically relevant conclusions, it is imperative to have large data sets. The hope is to have more people willing to consign than we have slots for. If this can be pushed in terms of interest and in terms volume, then the likelihood of the university responding to that by increasing volume/capacity to do further research will increase commensurately.
    I do know there is currently interest from producers as far away as the Sand Hills in Nebraska and Southeast Georgia.
    Hope that helps.

  2. Nice article–thanks for drawing attention to this. Are any similar tests or research studies happening in the western half of the country?

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