On-Test Newsletter, 2017 Summer Test

May 24, 2017

Attached are delivery and on-test data for 68 bulls and 8 get-of-sire groups being evaluated in the 2017 Summer Test. Bulls were consigned by 33 cooperators from Indiana, Illinois, Ohio, and Wisconsin. Seven breeds are represented. Bulls were delivered on May 2. On-test data were recorded on May 23. Scrotal circumference (SC) was measured at delivery, whereas hip height was measured on May 23.

The bulls are adjusting well to the IBEP facilities and feeding program. The group averaged 3.45 pounds per day during the 21-day adjustment period. They are eating 2.12% 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 23, 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, nine bulls were checked for poor gains and treated, by our excellent veterinary consultant, Dr. Jerry Rusch. If your bull was treated during the past 3 weeks, a report is enclosed.

Thanks to Roger Bartlett, Andy Boston, Mary Boston, Byron Fagg, John Finke, Bethany Funnell, Crystal Hagan, Leah Meinders, Dan Perry, Sam Perry, Dave Redman, Jerry Rusch, Brad Shelton, Tom Shirley, Wayne Singleton, Terry Stewart, Norman Voyles, Robert Wubben, Brianna Nemeth, and Callie Cleveland for all their help. 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 20 so we will have plenty of help then. See the calendar for work days. We especially need extra help on August 22, September 25 and September 28, as well as ultrasound scan dates.

The number of bulls and breed averages are:


No. of Bulls

Delivery Wt., lbs.

Delivery SC, cm.

On Test Wt., lbs.

On Test Hip Ht., in.

Frame Score1

ADG During Adjustment


51 708 27 782 46.0 5.0 3.51
Hereford 3 809 27 894 47.9 5.6 4.05


1 790 29 854 44.4 4.0 3.05
Red Angus 3 762 25 845 46.2 5.3 3.94
Shorthorn 1 806 30 842 47.4 4.3 1.71


8 683 24 744 45.5 5.0 2.90


1 1160 32 1235 50.9 6.1 3.57

All Bulls

68 721 26 794 46.1 5.0 3.45

1Frame Score was calculated using the BIF Formula (Eighth Edition), and is based on the bull's age and hip height on May 23.

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 25 weigh day. However, older bulls will have ultrasound scans on 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 2017 Summer Test.

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