Bull Gain Test and Heifer Development Program
2018-2019 Information Packet Letter Version 2 (dated 9/28/18, goes with Information Packet, from County Extension Agents)
2018-2019 Information Packet Version 2 (dated 9/28/18, includes Memorandum of Agreement, application form, schedule & protocol)
2018-2018 Email Accompanying Packet Version 2 (dated 9/28/18 to previous consignors and interested cattlemen)
Notice- The decision has been made to move forward with plans to again have a sale at the end of the 2018-2019 bull gain test!!
The packet has all the details. All bulls that index in the top 50% and meet the other requirements are required to sell with the exception of the calf class. Beefmaster breed bulls are not eligible for the sale.
2018-2019 Cattle RSVP is MANDATORY!! Click here! The deadline is October 9, 2018.
Value Added Calf (VAC) Vaccination Program (vaccination recommendations)
Value Added Calf Management Program (Extension publication)
Cattle Trichomoniasis (information from Texas Animal Health Commission)
History of Participation (1998-2019) 21 years!!
2017-2018 Bull Data(pdf) Sale Order(pdf) Bull Data(Excel) Heifer Data(pdf) Heifer Data(Excel) Consignors Terms Awards
2016-2017 Bull Data(pdf) Heifer Data(pdf) Bull and Heifer Data(Excel) Consignors Terms Awards
2015-2016 Bull Data(pdf) Heifer Data(pdf) Bull and Heifer Data(Excel) Terms Awards
2014-2015 Bull Data(pdf) Bull Data(Excel) Awards
2013-2014 Bull Data(pdf) Heifer Data(pdf) Consignors Awards Terms
2012-2013 Bull Data(pdf) Heifer Data(pdf) Consignors Awards
2011-2012 Bull Data(pdf) Heifer Data(pdf) Consignors Awards
2010-2011 Bull Data(pdf) Heifer Data(pdf) Consignors Awards
2009-2010 Bull Data(pdf) Heifer Data(pdf) Consignors Awards Terms
The Rio Grande Valley Beef Improvement Association was created in 1998 to assist cattlemen in the Rio Grande Valley in improving the quality of their livestock.
The initial project undertaken by the Association was to conduct a Bull Gain Test and Heifer Development Program. This is an official gain test conducted by Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service under the direction of Dr. Joe Paschal, Extension Livestock Specialist and County Extension Agents in Cameron, Hidalgo, Willacy and Starr Counties.
Successful bull gain tests and heifer development programs have been conducted since 1998.
The Simbrah, Santa Gertrudis and Beefmaster breeds have been represented in the largest numbers.
Other breeds have included: Simmental, Brahman, Braunvieh, Red Brangus, Charolais, Limousin, Hereford, Angus, Red Angus, Maine Anjou and others.
The Rio Grande Valley Beef Improvement Association is affiliated with Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service. Any of the following County Extension Agents will glad to provide additional information.
Brad Cowan, County Extension Agent- Agriculture
Vidal Saenz, EA-CEP
Hidalgo County, 956-383-1026 or 1-800-638-8239
(Vacant), County Extension Agent- Agriculture
Cameron County, 956-361-8236
Omar Montemayor, County Extension Agent- Agriculture
Starr County, 956-487-2306
Ronnie Zamora, Extension Agent- CEP Community Development
Matthew Rodriguez, County Extension Agent- Agriculture
Willacy County, 956-689-2412
Derek Correa, County Extension Agent- Agriculture
Brooks County, 361-325-4402