91-Day Newsletter, 2015 Summer Test

August 19, 2015

Attached is the 91-day summary for 94 bulls and 8 get-of-sire groups being evaluated in the 2015 Summer Test. Bulls were weighed on August 18 and their average weight was 1,150 lbs vs. 1,053 lbs on July 21. Average gain for the period was 3.46 lb/day. Bulls are eating a little over 1.9% of their body weight. The ration is 2/3 silage (mostly wheatlage) and the rest is concentrate; the silage will switch to corn silage next week. We've been trying to rein in the ADG by reducing energy levels in the diet, but they are still gaining at a respectable pace. Bulls are looking good. Ten were checked for poor gain, with eight treated. Several others were treated since July 21. If your bull was treated, a report is enclosed. Bulls were also videotaped, so that video clips of sale bulls can be put online.

The Soundness committee screened all bulls. The new concrete pad allowed the committee to see the feet better than in the past. If they had concerns about your bull, a copy of his report is included. Forty-four bulls have concerns related to foot or leg issues or disposition. If it says "OUT", the bull will likely be disqualified from the sale. All bulls will be reevaluated on off-test day (September 21), when a final decision will be made as to sale eligibility. A few bulls have a note as "Training Bull". These bulls may be used in a structural soundness demonstration at an upcoming Extension Educator training meeting at the test station.

Thank you those who came to help with weighing and videotaping bulls. Relative to help, Monday, September 21 (final weights, TB testing, soundness evaluations and scrotal measurements) and especially Thursday, September 24 (breeding soundness evaluations and freeze branding of sale qualified bulls) are busy work days. So if you have not come to a weigh day yet, these would be good days to help as well as see your bull.

As a reminder, we cannot release any bulls on Thursday, September 24 if any bull has a suspect TB test; in that case, bulls can be released when the State Veterinarian has cleared the group, which normally takes 4-7 days. So, there is a chance you will not be able to take your non-sale bull home on September 24.

We hope to see you in September and at the sale on October 17. Remember that the Springville Feeder Auction is holding a Heifer and Cow Sale in conjunction with the IBEP Bull Sale. If you have heifers or cows you want to offer for sale, contact the Springville Feeder Auction at 812-279-1282.

Rules and Entry Form for 2015 Winter Test: Rules and entry information for the 2015 Winter Test have been mailed. The entry deadline is September 25 and delivery will be October 27, 2015. Rules and entry information are available on the IBEP web site at http://www.ansc.purdue.edu/ibep/.

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