63-Day Newsletter, 2016 Summer Test

July 20, 2016


Attached is the 63-day summary for 81 bulls and 6 get-of-sire groups being evaluated in the 2016 Summer Test. Bulls were weighed on July 19 and their average weight was 1,058 lbs vs. 913 lbs on June 14. Bulls averaged 4.13 lbs/day growth for the 35-day period and 4.07 lbs/day for the 63 days on test. Wheatlage has been incorporated in the ration since July 11, replacing corn silage. Corn grain is being increased as corn silage is decreased. Between heat and humidity, and the bulk of the wheatlage, bulls have been eating less dry matter in the past week. Dry matter intake is just over 2.0% of their body weight. Health has been good. On July 19, one bull was noted as having poor gain, and a few have been treated since June 14; if your bull was one of them, a report is enclosed.

Thanks to those who came to help weigh the bulls. The 14 oldest bulls had their ultrasound scans last week. An ultrasound report is enclosed.

The next weigh day is August 16. 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 19, and we can use some help then. We especially need extra help on Thursday, September 22, 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 2016 Winter Test: Rules and entry forms for the 2016 Winter Test will be mailed soon. The entry deadline will be September 30 and delivery will be November 1, 2016. The test is for bulls born January 1 through April 30, 2016. Rules and entry information will be available on our web site, http://www.ansc.purdue.edu/ibep/.


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