On-Test Newsletter, 2016 Summer Test

May 18, 2016


Attached are delivery and on-test data for 82 bulls and 6 get-of-sire groups being evaluated in the 2016 Summer Test. Bulls were consigned by 39 cooperators from Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Ohio, and Wisconsin. Six breeds are represented. Bulls were delivered on April 26. On-test data were recorded on May 17. Scrotal circumference (SC) was measured at delivery, whereas hip height was measured on May 17.

The bulls are adjusting well to the IBEP facilities and feeding program. The group averaged 3.34 pounds per day during the 21-day adjustment period. They are eating 2.3% of their body weight. The warm-up ration has been ground alfalfa/orchardgrass hay, corn silage, cracked corn, and dried distiller's grains. The hay was cut out on May 17, and the bulls are now receiving corn silage, cracked corn, and dried distiller's as their test ration.

All bulls received their second wart vaccination and were treated for parasites. Although bulls are eating well, 28 bulls were checked for poor gains and 19 of those were treated, by our excellent veterinary consultant, Dr. Jerry Rusch. If your bull was treated during the past 3 weeks, a report is enclosed.

Thanks for all the help, as we strongly encourage all owners to come to at least one weigh day. The summer board of directors meeting will be in conjunction with the 28-day weigh day on June 14 so we will have plenty of help then. See the calendar for work days. We especially need extra help on August 16, September 19 and September 22, as well as ultrasound scan dates.

The number of bulls and breed averages are:

Breed

No. of Bulls

Delivery Wt., lbs.

Delivery SC, cm.

On Test Wt., lbs.

On Test Hip Ht., in.

Frame Score1

ADG During Adjustment

Angus

62 738 28 802 46.1 5.0 3.04
Black Hereford 1 654 28 740 47.7 5.7 4.10

Hereford

5 715 28 787

46.9

5.4 3.43
Red Angus 5 746 29 837 45.8 5.0 4.31

SimAngus

7 666 24 770 45.6 5.2 4.97

Simmental

2 788 27 874 47.0 5.0 4.10

All Bulls

82 731 28 801 46.1 5.0 3.34

1Frame Score was calculated using the BIF Formula (Eighth Edition), and is based on the bull's age and hip height on May 17.

If you have not done so already, please get your bull(s) registered with your breed association. Be sure to also submit birth and weaning weights and dates to the breed association; these will be required for processing ultrasound data. In June, we will send you a sheet for sending us your information. It is not due until the July 19 weigh day. However, older bulls will have ultrasound scans before July 19. We will need their registration numbers, and the breed associations will need their weaning data, before the bulls are scanned. So if those are some of your bulls, please get these things taken care of. Your assistance is greatly appreciated.

Thanks for your participation in the 2016 Summer Test.


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