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The Louisiana Forage-Based Bull Performance Test Program J.E. Devillier Area Livestock Agent East/West Feliciana Parishes.

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1 The Louisiana Forage-Based Bull Performance Test Program J.E. Devillier Area Livestock Agent East/West Feliciana Parishes

2 Objective To evaluate the growth rate and other traits of bulls under cool- season forage conditions common to commercial beef production in the Gulf Coast region of the U.S.

3 Introduction History Guidelines –Bulls –Health –Management Results Summary

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5 Bull Qualifications Breed Registry Ranch ID Bull (s) above herd average September 1 to March 31 Weaned 45 days prior to delivery Structurally sound Vaccinated

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7 Health Requirements Vaccinated---Lepto, Vibrio, Clostridials, BRD and Pasturella Dewormed 3 weeks before delivery--- lung worms Free from pinkeye, warts, ringworm, mange, lice Dehorned

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9 Annual Ryegrass

10 The Management

11 Breeding Soundness Exam

12 Carcass Ultrasound

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17 Number of Bulls Breed Total Angus Brangus Charolais Gelbray Other Total55*6963*187

18 Growth Trait Averages, Trait Initial weight (lb) * Final weight (lb) Gain (lb) ADG (lb) Hip height (in) Scrotal cir. (cm) Disposition Sc

19 Carcass Trait Averages, Trait REA (in 2 )* REA/cwt* Fat thickness (in)* % IMF*

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21 Summary Evaluate under commercial situation Opportunity for producers with small herds Cooperation between state agencies Provides producers with data Field day gives producers an advertising venue

22 The Louisiana Forage-Based Bull Performance Test Program J.E. Devillier Area Livestock Agent East/West Feliciana Parishes


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