90-Day Newsletter, 2015 Winter Test

February 18, 2016


Attached is the 90-day summary for 218 bulls and 22 get-of-sire groups being evaluated in the 2015 Winter Test. Bulls were weighed on Monday, February 15 and their average weight was 1,182 pounds. Daily gain the previous 27 days was 3.96 lbs. For the entire 90 days, daily gain was 4.22 lbs.

Bulls are eating 2.0% of their body weight. The current ration contains corn silage, wheat silage, corn, and DDGS. On Monday, four were checked for poor gains, with one of them treated. If your bull was treated since the last weigh day, a report is enclosed.

After Monday's weighing, Tuesday was busy, but thanks to the help of volunteers, things went smoothly. The structural soundness committee did its preliminary evaluations. Twenty-six bulls were identified as having some concerns for either structural problems or disposition issues. If your bull is one of those of concern, a copy of the report is included in this mailing. They will be rechecked in March and a final determination made. If you do not receive an inspection report, your bull was fine. Of course, on occasion additional concerns are identified at off-test in March, and all bulls will be reexamined on March 21.

We also took video clips of all bulls, in preparation of having video of sale eligible bulls on the IBEP web page. Additionally, Bonnie Bradford, of Premier Ultrasound, took measurements on 147 of the older bulls; the remaining bulls are scheduled to be scanned on March 15. For owners of these older bulls, if you have not already submitted 365-day weights to your respective breed association, we strongly encourage you to submit the February 15 weight, so that EPDs will be updated. However, if you would like to also submit yearling hip height data, it would be better to wait and submit the bull's off-test weight and hip height together, assuming the bull will be in the proper age range for 365-day data at that time.

Congratulations to owners who have bulls with excellent performance through 90 days. Below is a listing of bulls that have the highest Performance Index to date of their respective breed.

Performance Index

Ear Tag

Breed

%

Owner

City & State

126.6

25

Simmental

PB

Eggersman Brothers

Brownstown, IN

120.2

21

Angus

PB

Von Leer Farm

Mitchell, IN

118.7

133

Hereford

PB

Able Acres

Wingate, IN

115.6

140

SimAngus

75

Neal Bros. Simmentals

Bicknell, IN

110.9

110

Red Angus

PB

Noel Farms Red Angus

Shelburn, IN

109.6 56 Lim-Flex 40 Watt Farms Princeton, IN
105.1 93 Charolais PB Harmon Charolais Corydon, IN

In addition to the bulls listed above, other bulls with Performance Indexes of 115 or higher are: Angus #41 @ 120.0 and #39 @ 118.3, Stewart Select Angus; Angus #168 @ 119.0, Cardinal Hill Farms; Angus #98 @ 117.9, McClarnon Stock Farm; Simmental #129 @ 117.2, M&J Farms; Angus #218 @ 116.2, Kohli Farms; Angus #16 @ 115.5, Bill Washburn; Angus #186 @ 115.2, Voogt Farms; and Angus #50 @ 115.1, Underwood Angus Farms.

Get #3 sired by SS Niagara Z29 is leading among 22 Get-of-Sire groups with a 114.0 Performance Index. This entry is from Stewart Select Angus with Angus bulls #39, 40, and 41. Next is get #5 @ 110.9 sired by GAR Prophet. This get includes Angus bulls #45, 47, and 51 from Underwood Angus Farms and Neil E. Underwood. Other high indexing get-of-sire groups belong to: Stewart Select Angus, SimAngus get of WLE Uno Mas X549; 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; and Underwood Angus Farms, Angus get of Kiata New Design 3860.

We greatly appreciate those who assisted with weighing, doing initial inspection by the Soundness Committee, taking ultrasound measurements, and videotaping the bulls. If you can help when bulls are scanned on March 15, contact Brad Shelton for specific timing. Off test weights and final structural soundness are March 21, and March 24 is when we will be doing breeding soundness exams and freeze branding sale eligible bulls; so there are several chances to help out in March.

2016 Summer Test: Rules and entry forms will be mailed soon. If you do not receive an entry form, please call if you need one, or get it from the IBEP website (you can also enter your bulls online). Bulls born May 1 - October 31, 2015 are eligible, including nonrecorded and composite breed bulls. Bulls' WPDA must be at least 2.25 lb when delivered for the Summer Test on April 26. Entry deadline is April 4. The 125-day performance test begins May 17 and ends September 19, 2016. The 78th IBEP Bull Sale will be October 15 at the Springville Feeder Auction, and will follow the Heifer and Cow Sale sponsored by the Springville Feeder Auction Association. Heifers and cows will sell at 2:00 p.m., with the bull sale following.


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