I’m sending out this forward to let you all know in black and white about the Cornell All Forage Bull Test. This year there was a lot of producer input in the design of the test and a lot of feedback from previous consignors as to what data is economically important. Of course, many of you already develop and sell or purchase bulls only developed on forage. What this test offers to consignors is a great opportunity to collect objective data on the animals we are producing and a relatively low cost.
One very important note here is to see what a drastic departure this bull test is for a large land-grant university. I don’t know of any other research based university in the country that is conducting an all-forage fed bull test. A number of folks from the Extension Service from our neighbor to the south have withdrawn their support from their university’s bull test in favor of the “more real world” test being offered by Cornell.
Something else this test offers is a great new way to network with potential customers and sellers of cattle. I see it as something of an extension of Fair Season. It’s always great to go to the county fair and catch up with folks you have a lot in common with but don’t get to see very often, check out the cattle, and generally have a good time.
There are a number of us producers who are consigning bulls to this year’s test who intend to put a bull sale together to market those animals coming off test. Probably this will be a June sale. In order to make the sale a strong one we are driving for a minimum of 30 bulls consigned. The test itself has a maximum limit of 50 bulls. Each farm will be able to consign a maximum of four (4) bulls unless there is more pen space available.
I encourage you all to look into this year’s test and if you produce registered beef cattle, consider consigning bulls. If you are not a breeder of registered stock I encourage you to support this test by contacting friends and neighbors about this test.
Finally, vocally supporting the Cornell All-forage Fed Bull Test does something vitally important here in NY and the Northeast more generally. By supporting this test with consigned cattle and spreading the word vocally and in print we send the message to Cornell University (not just Dr. Baker) that this kind of research is important to the many and growing number of Grass-fed Beef producers in our part of the country and beyond. This message proves there is not just a fad in the soil-building, least cost production model of cattle production, there is an economic driver here.
You can read more about the test here. If you have questions about the test, getting bulls consigned, or have a desire to support this test and want to send that message to Cornell University and beyond, contact Nancy Glazier at email@example.com, Dr. Mike Baker at firstname.lastname@example.org, Brett Chedzoy at email@example.com or you can reach me by any of the usual routes.
Cheers and all the best,
PS- we could really use a consignment or two of Hereford, Red Angus, and Murray Grey cattle, not to mention Devon. Please put out the word!