28-Day Newsletter, 2016 Summer Test

June 15, 2016

Attached is the 28-day summary for 81 bulls and 6 get-of-sire groups being evaluated in the 2016 Summer Test. Bulls were weighed on June 14 and their average weight was 913 lbs vs. 801 on May 17, for a 28-day ADG of 3.98 lbs. The bulls are now off to a great start. They are eating 2.3% of their body weight. The ration is corn silage, corn, and DDGS. It will be adjusted to back off the energy a bit.

Four bulls were checked on June 14 for poor gains, and a few were treated for ringworm. Several were treated during the period for upper respiratory issues and wheezing. The sudden onset of heat and humidity along with rough hair coats on some bulls hasn't helped. DM intake in pen 3 has been low, so all bulls in that pen were checked on June 7 to be sure there were no health issues. If your bull was checked or treated since May 17, a report will be sent to you soon.

We appreciate those who assisted with data collection on June 14. All bulls were revaccinated, 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 19, August 16, and September 19. We especially need extra hands on September 22, when we do breeding soundness evaluations and freeze brand the sale bulls.

The oldest 14 bulls will have ultrasound scans on July 7, two weeks before our next weigh day. We will get the data to you as soon as it is available. The remaining bulls will have ultrasound scans in September.

Don't forget that registration numbers, weaning data, and final payment of $250/bull are due on July 19. 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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