90-Day Newsletter, 2016 Winter Test

February 23, 2017

Attached is the 90-day summary for 217 bulls and 24 get-of-sire groups being evaluated in the 2016 Winter Test. Bulls were weighed on Monday, February 20 and their average weight was 1,187 pounds. Daily gain the previous 27 days was 3.73 lbs. For the entire 90 days, daily gain was 3.80 lbs.

Bulls are eating 2.0% of their body weight. The current ration contains corn silage, wheat silage, corn, and DDGS. On Monday, 31 were checked for poor gains, with three of them treated. If your bull was treated since the last weigh day, a report is enclosed.

After Mondayís weighing, Tuesday was busy, but thanks to the help of volunteers, things went smoothly. The structural soundness committee did its preliminary evaluations. Fifty-three 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 27.

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 150 of the older bulls; the remaining bulls are scheduled to be scanned on March 21. 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 20 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 bullís 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




City & State





Way View Cattle Co.

Hebron, OH





Able Acres

Wingate, IN





Kohli Farms

Circleville, OH





Sullivan Charolais

Pekin, IN





Clear Water Simmentals

Milan, IN

107.4 74 Red Angus 75 Noel Farms Red Angus Shelburn, IN
94.3 200 Maine-Anjou 50 Clay Knoll Farms Gladwin, MI
93.4 62 Lim-Flex 25 McDaniel Angus Farm Princeton, IN
92.6 176 Simm. Cross 50 Baltzly Brothers' Cattle Columbus, OH

In addition to the bulls listed above, other bulls with Performance Indexes of 116 or higher are: Angus #193 @ 121.1 and #191 @ 118.4, Underwood Angus Farms; Angus #111 @ 119.0, Dan Stewart; Angus #100 @ 117.9, Brown Family Farms / Drew; Angus #118 @ 117.8, Kiata Farms; Angus #104 @ 117.7, Brown Family Farms / Doug; Angus #139 @ 117.6, KB Angus; and SimAngus #13 @ 116.2, Bill Washburn.

Get #11 sired by PVF Insight 0129 is leading among 24 Get-of-Sire groups with a 109.1 Performance Index. This entry is from Brown Family Farms / Doug with Angus bulls #101, 104, and 105. Close behind is get #21 @ 109.0 sired by SS Niagara Z29. This get includes Angus bulls #35, 191, 194, and 195 from Rolling Acres Angus, Snider-Clayton Farm, and Underwood Angus Farms. Other high-indexing get-of-sire groups belong to: Fritz Homer Farm, Angus get of Connealy Power Surge 3115; Underwood Angus Farms, Angus get of Kiata New Design 3860; Rolling Acres Angus, Angus get of Prairie Creek Boulder 3017; Way View Cattle Co., Angus get of Connealy Uptown 098E; and Robison Farms, Hereford get of CL1 Domino 1154Y.

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 21, contact Brad Shelton for specific timing. Off test weights and final structural soundness are March 27, and March 30 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.

2017 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, 2016 are eligible, including nonrecorded and composite breed bulls. Bullsí WPDA must be at least 2.25 lb when delivered for the Summer Test on May 2. Entry deadline is April 10. The 125-day performance test begins May 23 and ends September 25, 2017. The 80th IBEP Bull Sale will be October 21 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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