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A component of the West Virginia Young Sire Evaluation Program, the Southern Bull Evaluation Program, commonly known as the Southern Bull Test, provides an opportunity for small to mid-sized seedstock producers to evaluate genetic merit through a comprehensive post-weaning performance evaluation program. Bulls are fed a forage-based diet targeting moderate levels of gain and are managed in a real-world dry lot environment where they must actively compete to perform. Emphasis is placed on collection of accurate data and making appropriate comparisons to improve selection decisions for seedstock and commercial breeders alike. As a result, there are no single consignments and breeders must maintain a tie to their breed’s national database through the use of reference sires. Approximately 90 bulls are accepted for evaluation annually.

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