63-Day Newsletter, 2014 Winter Test

January 22, 2015

Sixty-three day weights were taken on Tuesday, January 20. Enclosed is the summary of the 213 bulls and 20 get-of-sire groups currently on test.

Bulls performed very well, considering the cold conditions in early January and their fast start in December. Following the high gains in the first 28 days of the test, gains are a bit lower, averaging 4.00 lbs/day, but the bulls are eating 2.17% of their body weight. Hopefully the weather and the gains will moderate for the remainder of the test. Healthwise, 40 bulls were treated in late December and early January. On January 20, 10 were checked due to poor gains, and six of those were treated. In addition, 10 had warts removed and quite a few were treated for ringworm, which has been an issue in some pens. If your bull was treated since December 16 (other than warts or ringworm), a report is enclosed.

We congratulate owners with bulls which are excelling at this point in the test, with Performance Indexes above 120: Angus - Eastview Angus Farm LLC #137 (top indexing bull at 132.2), Bill Washburn #15, Schrader Farms Angus #85, Stewart Select Angus #50, and Rolling Acres Angus #28; Hereford - Able Acres #185; and SimAngus - Neal Bros. Simmentals #121, and Kohli Farms #11.

High indexing get-of-sire groups belong to: Bill Washburn, Angus get of EXAR Upshot 0562B; Stewart Select Angus, Angus get of SS Niagara Z29; Voogt Farms, Angus get of Connealy Right Answer 746; and Apple Hill Angus, Angus get of Woodhill Foresight.

Thanks to all of our volunteers who helped weigh bulls; we had a large turnout of bull owners. Looking forward, the 91-day weigh day is Tuesday, February 17. We will have LOTS to do that day - we will collect ultrasound data on two-thirds of the bulls, the structural soundness committee will be doing the preliminary screening of bulls, and we will be videotaping all bulls to get ready for the sale (bulls will be weighed the day before). We will need LOTS of help, so bring a friend, potential buyer or bull owner. It's a great time to showcase what IBEP is all about. Lunch will be provided.

Bull owners: We appreciate your cooperation in getting us your weaning information, registration numbers, and the $250/head final payment. If you have not yet provided these, please do so ASAP; a reminder is enclosed.

Bull owners, please note: If you want a blood card on your bull for DNA testing, please let us know in advance so we can be sure we have sufficient supplies and don't miss your bull. We start at 9:00 or a little before if we have enough people, and if you show up and ask for a blood card after your bull has been through the chute, you will have to wait until the next weigh day.

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