In the year where cancelling events seems to be the norm, it seems the same fate has landed upon what would have been the 33rd Annual North Dakota Angus Association’s Bull Test. For the past 32 years, the bull test, which has been held at Ridl Farms near Dickinson, has been a highlight for many. “I’ve done it since it started,” said Richard Schmidt, Gladstone.
The Bull Test was originally founded to help provide producers education on the performance of their bulls and to offer consigners a quality start on selling their seedstock. Over the years it had evolved into a great opportunity to promote a herd’s genetics, give bulls extra exposure, and support the NDAA.
With thinning numbers the last few years, as the Bull Test Committee prepared for this year’s receiving dates, they looked for a pre-receiving headcount to best plan and accommodate the consigned bulls. When it came down to the honest numbers, there just wasn’t enough to fulfill what the committee felt was a minimum to facilitate the test and fund a production sale.
The Annual Bull Test Sale was held the last Monday in April, at Stockmen’s Livestock Exchange, in Dickinson. Bulls that made the NDAA Ratio of 90 or higher in the test were offered in the sale. Over the course of the test, weights were provided back to consignors letting them know the average weights, average daily gains and a weight per day of age. At the sale, the highest ADG and highest indexing bull were both awarded a $500 prize sponsored by the NDAA.
L.J. & Janet Dohrmann of Taylor, have been serving as the Bull Test Committee Chairmen since 2006. A big thanks goes out to them for all of their hard work over the years keeping the bull test running smooth. Another thanks is needed to the committee members for their dedication to the program and to the association: Bob White, Steve Brooks, Duane Opp, Richard Schmidt, Raymond Lee, Eric Bowman, and Casey Maher.
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