On-Test Newsletter, 2014 Winter Test

November 19, 2014

Attached are delivery and on-test data for 215 bulls and 20 get-of-sire groups being evaluated in the 2014 Winter Test. Bulls were consigned by 71 cooperators from Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, and Wisconsin. Six breeds are represented. Bulls were delivered on October 28. On-test data were recorded on November 18. Scrotal circumference (SC) was measured at delivery, and hip height was measured on November 18. Brad Brockman from Zoetis donated Dectomax Pour on for the bulls.

Average on-test weight was 848 lbs vs. 775 lbs at delivery, so bulls on average gained 3.46 lbs per day during the three-week adjustment period. Differences in shrink on delivery day play a large role in weight gain differences during the adjustment period. Bulls are eating 2.40% of their body weight on average. Thirty bulls were checked for poor gains on November 18, with 29 treated for poor gain and a few treated for other things. Several were treated during the adjustment period. Also, three were treated for ringworm. If your bull was treated, a report is enclosed.

We probably set a record for the coldest on-test day in the history of IBEP. A BIG thank you to the board members, extension educators, bull owners, Vet students and FPAC crew for getting the bulls weighed and measured on a cold day. Someone was quoted as noting that "When the Bull Snot is freezing to the gate on the scale, you know it's cold"; and it was a solid sheet of frozen snot by the end of the day. (Yes, we re-zero the scales after every pen to account for accumulated snot on the scale.)

IBEP is concerned about the number of bulls we see with foot problems at the end of the test. So, our structural committee examined the bulls as they came up the work alley yesterday. Sixteen bulls were noted as having either uneven toes or early signs of curved toes. We will keep that list and compare it to the results after the soundness committee does its evaluation in February. We encourage anyone that is interested in foot issues to come to the February 17 work day and see what the structural soundness committee is finding.

Remember, IBEP is a volunteer organization. We keep testing costs low because of the support of board members, local producers and BULL OWNERS. With a full test of 215 bulls, it takes some time to work the bulls through the scales and tend to any veterinary needs. Please plan on helping on one or more weigh days. We normally start work at 9:00 am; coffee and donuts are available by 8:30.

The number of bulls and breed averages are:

Breed No. of
SC, cm.
On Test
On Test
Hip Height
FS1 ADG During
Angus 157 774 28 848 47.2 5.4 3.50
Charolais 3 858 30 910 50.1 6.9 2.48
Hereford 10 873 28 924 49.0 6.4 2.42
Red Angus 13 686 26 750 45.3 5.0 3.05
SimAngus 24 793 28 879 47.8 5.8 4.13
Simmental 8 726 26 793 46.9 5.2 3.19
All Bulls 215 775 28 848 47.3 5.5 3.46

1Frame Score was calculated using the BIF Formula (Eighth Edition), and is based on the bull's age and hip height on November 18.

Thanks for your participation in the 2014 Winter Test.

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