63-Day Newsletter, 2015 Summer Test

July 22, 2015


Attached is the 63-day summary for 94 bulls and 8 get-of-sire groups being evaluated in the 2015 Summer Test. Bulls were weighed on July 21 and their average weight was 1,053 lbs vs. 916 lbs on June 16. Bulls averaged 3.89 lbs/day growth for the 35-day period and 4.01 lbs/day for the 63 days on test. Dry matter intake has decreased due to the heat; they are eating 2.02% of their body weight in dry matter. We are transitioning to wheat silage and will likely feed it for the duration of the test. On July 21, five bulls were treated for poor gains, and several have been treated since June 16; if your bull was one of them, a report is enclosed.

Thanks to those who came to help weigh the bulls. The 16 oldest bulls had their ultrasound scans last week. An ultrasound report is enclosed.

The next weigh day is August 18. In addition to weighing the bulls, preliminary structural soundness and disposition evaluations will be done by the screening committee, and bulls will be videotaped, so we can use a few extra hands that day. It would be a good time for owners to come see how their bulls are doing. Bulls will be weighed off-test on Monday, September 21, and we can use some help then. We especially need extra help on Thursday, September 24, when we will do breeding soundness evaluations and freeze brand the sale bulls.

If you have not done so already, please get your bulls registered and send your weaning data to your breed association. The weaning data is required to process the ultrasound scan data. Final payment of $250/bull was also due. A reminder is enclosed if you have not sent the data or payment to us yet.

Rules and Entry Forms for 2015 Winter Test: Rules and entry forms for the 2015 Winter Test will be mailed soon. The entry deadline will be September 25 and delivery will be October 27, 2015. The test is for bulls born January 1 through April 30, 2015. Rules and entry information are available on our web site, http://www.ansc.purdue.edu/ibep/.


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