The South Island Bull test is also well underway with 12 bulls from six different studs. The trial is again being conducted at Dunsandel and co-ordinated by Gary Kennett and Warwick James
The average entry weight of 325kg was lower than in previous years due to seasonal conditions. However at the second weighing on Tuesday 1 October the bulls had gained an average of 52kg or 1.86kg/day in the previous 28 days. The group is more even than in past years; there are no super heavy weights that stand out as in previous years.
Coats are still rough but a couple of months of warmer weather will encourage their summer coats to come through. Their raised copper levels are evident in their darker coat colour. They are a quiet group with no obvious temperament concerns at this stage. Hair samples have been taken and sent away for proto testing.