On-Test Newsletter, 2014 Summer Test

May 21, 2014


Attached are delivery and on-test data for 80 bulls and 8 get-of-sire groups being evaluated in the 2014 Summer Test. Bulls were consigned by 31 cooperators from Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, and Wisconsin. Five breeds are represented. Bulls were delivered on April 29. On-test data were recorded on May 20. Scrotal circumference (SC) was measured at delivery, whereas hip height was measured on May 20.

The bulls are adjusting well to the IBEP facilities and feeding program. The group averaged 3.80 pounds per day during the 21-day adjustment period. They consumed 24.4 pounds of the complete mixed diet per day, for an average feed conversion of 6.4 pounds feed per pound of gain.

All bulls received their second wart vaccination and were treated for parasites. Seven bulls were treated with antibiotics, because of slow growth, by our excellent veterinary consultant, Dr. Jerry Rusch. If your bull was treated, a report is enclosed.

Thanks for all the help, as we strongly encourage all owners to come to at least one weigh day. The summer board of directors meeting will be in conjunction with the 28-day weigh day on June 17 so we will have plenty of help then. See the calendar for work days. We especially need extra help on August 19, September 22 and September 25, as well as ultrasound scan dates.

The number of bulls and breed averages are:

Breed

No. of Bulls

Delivery Wt., lbs.

Delivery SC, cm.

On Test Wt., lbs.

On Test Hip Ht., in.

Frame Score1

ADG During Adjustment

Angus

51 723 30 795 47.4 5.5 3.47

Hereford

3 789 31 912

48.3

5.5 5.89
Red Angus 6 614 23 713 45.6 5.2 4.75

SimAngus

17 716 27 800 46.9 5.7 4.00

Simmental

3 650 25 740 46.7 5.7 4.29

All Bulls

80 713 28 793 47.2 5.5 3.80

1Frame Score was calculated using the BIF Formula (Eighth Edition), and is based on the bull's age and hip height on May 20.

If you have not done so already, please get your bull(s) registered with your breed association. Be sure to also submit birth and weaning weights and dates to the breed association; these will be required for processing ultrasound data. In June, we will send you a sheet for sending us your information. It is not due until the July 22 weigh day. However, older bulls born will have ultrasound scans the week before July 22. We will need their registration numbers, and the breed associations will need their weaning data, before the bulls are scanned. So if those are some of your bulls, please get these things taken care of. Your assistance is greatly appreciated.

Thanks for your participation in the 2014 Summer Test.


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