On-Test Newsletter, 2015 Winter Test

November 18, 2015

Attached are delivery and on-test data for 219 bulls and 20 get-of-sire groups being evaluated in the 2015 Winter Test. Bulls were consigned by 77 cooperators from Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, and Wisconsin. Eight breeds are represented. Bulls were delivered on October 27. On-test data were recorded on November 17. Scrotal circumference (SC) was measured at delivery, and hip height was measured on November 17. Brad Brockman from Zoetis donated Dectomax Pour on for the bulls.

Average on-test weight was 803 lbs vs. 761 lbs at delivery, so bulls on average gained 1.99 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 2.10% of their body weight on average. Bulls have been coming up to the bunk fairly well. A total of 144 bulls were checked for poor gains on November 17, with 129 treated for poor gains and a few treated for other things. Several were treated during the adjustment period. If your bull was treated, a report is enclosed. With the number of bulls with low grade fevers and poor gains, we'll be putting CTC back in the feed.

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 219 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 164 753 28 796 46.8 5.4 2.04
Charolais 4 777 27 835 48.2 6.0 2.79
Gelbvieh 1 572 22 608 45.2 5.4 1.71
Hereford 12 809 29 851 48.0 6.0 1.98
Lim-Flex 3 855 30 890 49.1 6.5 1.68
Red Angus 3 765 23 815 46.5 5.8 2.41
SimAngus 23 784 27 816 46.8 5.4 1.53
Simmental 9 777 28 817 46.5 5.1 1.93
All Bulls 219 761 28 803 46.9 5.4 1.99

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 2015 Winter Test.

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