63-Day Newsletter, 2015 Winter Test

January 20, 2016

Sixty-three day weights were taken on Tuesday, January 19. Enclosed is the summary of the 219 bulls and 22 get-of-sire groups currently on test.

Bulls performed very well. Following the high gains in the first 28 days of the test, gains are a bit lower, averaging 4.12 lbs/day, but the bulls are eating 2.1% of their body weight. The ration has included corn silage, fanned corn, and DDGS. We anticipate including wheatlage in the ration within the next week. We've had temperature fluctuations like all of you have, with temperatures below 10 degrees the last few days. Pens are currently solid. Hopefully the weather and the gains will moderate for the remainder of the test.

Healthwise, several bulls were treated since the last weigh day, primarily for foot issues, along with a handful with respiratory issues. On January 19, two were checked due to poor gains but not treated, and one had warts removed. If your bull was treated or checked since December 15 (other than warts), a report is enclosed.

We congratulate owners with bulls which are excelling at this point in the test, with Performance Indexes above 118: Angus Stewart Select Angus #41, Bill Washburn #16, Drew Brown #112, RAS Angus #70, and Kiata Farms #128; Hereford Able Acres #133 (the top-indexing overall at 124.1); and Simmental Eggersman Brothers #25.

High indexing get-of-sire groups belong to: Kiata Farms and Tucker Family Farms, Angus get of Deer Valley All In; Noel Farms Red Angus, Red Angus get of Bieber Rouse Samurai X22; Stewart Select Angus, Angus get of SS Niagara Z29; and Underwood Angus Farms and Neil E. Underwood, Angus get of GAR Prophet.

Thanks to all of our volunteers who helped weigh bulls. Looking forward, the 91-day weigh day is Tuesday, February 16. 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.

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