28-Day Newsletter, 2015 Summer Test

June 17, 2015

Attached is the 28-day summary for 95 bulls and 8 get-of-sire groups being evaluated in the 2015 Summer Test. Bulls were weighed on June 16 and their average weight was 916 lbs vs. 800 on May 19, for a 28-day ADG of 4.15 lbs. The bulls are now off to a great start. They are eating 2.37% of their body weight. The ration is a middle-of-the-road growing ration, but it will be adjusted to slow them down a bit. Roughly 1/3 of the bulls have not shed their winter hair coats yet.

Two bulls were treated on June 16 for poor gains, a few were treated for ringworm and one for warts. If your bull was checked or treated since May 19, a report is enclosed.

We appreciate those who assisted with data collection on June 16. Dr. Jerry Rusch revaccinated all bulls and Dr. Bethany Funnell collected blood for brucella retest on out-of-state bulls.

Our semi-annual board of directors meeting followed the weighing of bulls, so we had plenty of help this time. We strongly encourage all owners to come to at least one weigh day. Upcoming weigh days are July 21, August 18, and September 21. We especially need extra hands on September 24, when we do breeding soundness evaluations and freeze brand the sale bulls.

The oldest 16 bulls will have ultrasound scans on July 15, a week before our next weigh day. We will get the data to you as soon as it is available. The remaining 79 bulls will have ultrasound scans on September 16.

Don't forget that registration numbers, weaning data, and final payment of $250/bull are due on July 21. Sheets for the data are enclosed. If we already have your data, and everything on the sheets is correct, you don't need to return them. Otherwise, please get the data to us. You can return it by mail, fax (765-494-9346), email to dlofgren@purdue.edu, or a phone call (765-494-6439). Be sure to also get weaning data sent in to your breed association; most breeds use the weaning data to adjust the ultrasound scan data.

The following companies and individuals sponsored a golf outing for the IBEP board of directors as a way to thank them for their volunteer service to IBEP: Kentucky Nutrition Service - Ron Wenblandp; Zoetis - Brad Brockman; Carpet Country/Joe Rode Family Farm; Morgan County Feed - Scott Whaley; Merck - Jeff Leininger; Stewart Seeds - Jerry Roberts; Bayer - Andon Boocher; and Spring Mill Veterinary Service. Thank you to the sponsors for their support of IBEP.

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