Off Test Newsletter, 2014 Summer Test

September 26, 2014


Attached is the off-test summary for 79 bulls and 9 get-of-sire groups evaluated in the 2014 Summer Test. Bulls were weighed September 22 with the weight shown under the "Off Test" heading giving each bull's (or Get's) off-test weight and age. Bonnie Bradford, Premier Ultrasound, St. Mary's, Ohio, used ultrasound to determine rib eye area, and rib fat, and % intramuscular (IM) fat. Ultrasound measurements were taken such that all could be adjusted to 365 days of age. Most breeds adjust these data to 365 days.

Frame score (FS) is calculated from hip height and age on September 22. Scrotal Circumference (SC), also measured on September 22, is adjusted to 365 days of age. For sale eligibility, minimum SC is 33 cm (13.0 in) for Simmental; 32 cm for Angus and Gelbvieh; and 30 cm (11.8 in) for other breeds. IBEP Performance Index was computed by .6 (ADG Ratio) + .4 (WPDA Ratio) within each breed. If there were less than six bulls of one breed, ADG (3.85) and WPDA (3.22) averages for all 79 bulls were used to determine ratios and Performance Index. Likewise, % Retail Product and % Intramuscular Fat ratios are computed within breed unless there are less than six bulls of a breed. Carcass merit is the average of % Retail Product and % Intramuscular Fat ratios.

All 79 bulls averaged 1,276 lbs at the end of the performance test and gained 3.85 lbs per day while on test.

Congratulations to owners of these high-indexing bulls of their breeds:

Perf.
Index

Ear
Tag


Breed


%


Owner


City & State

126.9 75 Angus PB Small Cattle Farms Bloomfield, IN
108.8 110 SimAngus 50 Rustic Hills Cattle Company Fort Branch, IN
103.5 38 Red Angus PB Gibson Stock Farm Elgin, IA
96.5 116 Hereford PB Stuckey Polled Herefords Vincennes, IN
95.1 46 Simmental PB Bill Washburn Olney, IL

Thanks for the help of many people on September 22 and 25 to weigh, measure, inspect, health test, conduct breeding soundness exams, and freeze brand bulls. Many Extension Educators, bull owners, IBEP Directors, producers, Feldun-Purdue Ag. Center personnel and volunteers assisted. We appreciate your help, interest, and cooperation. We especially appreciate the assistance of Greg Beavers, NorthStar-Select Sires, for providing liquid nitrogen used for freeze branding.

The Inspection Committee disqualified 12 bulls due to structural soundness problems relating to feet and legs. Five bulls were disqualified for disposition. Eight bulls failed to pass the breeding soundness evaluations, four for scrotal circumference, two for no semen, one for a swollen testicle, and one that they were unable to collect.

A total of 39 bulls are catalogued for sale. These include: 28 Angus, 1 Hereford, 3 Red Angus, and 7 SimAngus.

We are pleased with the quality in this set of bulls. Congratulations to Small Cattle Farms, Bloomfield, IN for having the top-indexing (126.9) bull, Angus #75, sired by SS Mandate X35. Other bulls with excellent Performance Indexes include: Angus #103 at 115.5 sired by Hoover Dam from Dolph Angus, Walkerton, IN; Angus #128 at 113.9 and #130 at 111.6, both sired by Home Acres CC&7 7118 from Home Acres Farm Inc., Lebanon, OH; Angus #69 at 113.7 sired by SAV 8180 Traveler 004 from NicKatie Farms, Columbus, IN; Angus #49 at 111.1 sired by MW 964 Hoover Dam 11 from von Leer Farm, Mitchell, IN; Angus #121 at 110.9 sired by Summitcrest Complete 1P55 from Ryan Michael, Montgomery, IN; SimAngus #110 at 108.8 sired by W/C United 956Y from Rustic Hills Cattle Company, Fort Branch, IN; and Angus #112 at 108.0 sired by GAR Predestined from Irish Acres Angus, Cox's Creek, KY.

Congratulations to Home Acres Farm Inc., Lebanon, OH for consigning the top get-of-sire group, Get #5 at 108.4. Angus bulls #128, 129, 130, and 131 were sired by Home Acres CC&7 7118. Next was Get #2 at 105.1 with Angus bulls #49, 50, and 65 sired by MW 964 Hoover Dam 11 from von Leer Farm, Mitchell, IN. Close behind was Get #3 at 105.0 with Angus bulls #75, 100, and 101 sired by SS Mandate X35 from Small Cattle Farms, Bloomfield, IN. Next was Get #9 at 104.3 with Angus bulls #67, 132, and 133 sired by SAV Prosperity 9131 from NicKatie Farms, Columbus, IN and Home Acres Farm Inc.

Sale catalogs should be available at the test station by October 10. Bulls will be penned by 11:00 a.m. at the Springville Feeder Auction on sale day. We need volunteers to bring trailers at 9:00 a.m. to transport bulls from the test station to Springville. Also, help is needed from bull owners during the sale. Buyers must remove bulls at Springville on sale day, or at the IBEP Test Station by 12 Noon, Monday, October 20. Sale day phone is (812) 279-1282.


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