Off Test Newsletter, 2016 Winter Test

March 31, 2017

Attached is the off-test summary for 217 bulls and 24 get-of-sire groups evaluated in the 2016 Winter Test. Bulls were weighed March 27 with the weight shown under the "Off Test" heading giving each bullís (or Getís) off-test weight and age. Bonnie Bradford, Premier Ultrasound, St. Maryís, Ohio, used ultrasound to determine rib eye area, and rib fat, and % intramuscular (IM) fat.

Frame score (FS) is calculated from hip height and age on March 27. Scrotal circumference (SC) measured on March 27 is adjusted to 365 days of age. For sale eligibility, minimum SC is 33 cm (13.0 in) for Simmental; 32 cm for Angus and Gelbvieh; and 30 cm (11.8 in) for other breeds. IBEP Performance Index was computed by .6 (ADG Ratio) + .4 (WPDA Ratio) within each breed. If there were less than six bulls of one breed, ADG (3.77) and WPDA (3.29) averages for all 217 bulls were used to determine ratios and Performance Index. Likewise, % Retail Product and % Intramuscular Fat ratios were computed within breed unless there were less than six bulls of a breed. Carcass merit is the average of % Retail Product and % Intramuscular Fat ratios.

All 217 bulls averaged 1,316 lbs at the end of the performance test and gained 3.77 lbs per day while on test.

Congratulations to owners of these high-indexing bulls of their breeds:

Perf. Index

Ear Tag




City & State

127.7 111 Angus PB Dan Stewart Yorktown, IN
123.2 213 SimAngus 38 Kohli Farms Circleville, OH
117.9 167 Hereford PB Able Acres Wingate, IN
109.3 122 Simmental PB Neal Brothers Simmentals Bicknell, IN
109.1 74 Red Angus 75 Noel Farms Red Angus Shelburn, IN
108.0 205 Charolais PB Sullivan Charolais Pekin, IN

Thanks for the help of many people on March 27 and 30 to weigh, measure, inspect, health test, conduct breeding soundness exams, and freeze brand bulls. Many Extension Educators, bull owners, IBEP Directors, producers, Feldun-Purdue personnel and volunteers assisted. We appreciate your help, interest, and cooperation.

The Inspection Committee disqualified 32 bulls due to structural soundness problems relating to feet and legs. Seven bulls were disqualified for disposition, and five for not having weaning data and/or EPDs. Forty-eight bulls failed to pass the breeding soundness evaluations, 44 for scrotal circumference, two for tagged penis, one for papilloma, and one for poor semen quality.

A total of 93 bulls are catalogued for the sale which will also be broadcast live on These include: 70 Angus, 9 SimAngus, 7 Hereford, 3 Charolais, 2 Red Angus, and 2 Simmental.

Quality is high in this set of bulls. Congratulations to Dan Stewart, Yorktown, IN for having the top indexing (127.7) bull, Angus #111, sired by SAV Recharge 3436. Other high indexing bulls are: SimAngus #213 (123.2), Kohli Farms, Circleville,OH; Angus #35 (120.4), Rolling Acres Angus, Freetown, IN; Angus #118 (119.4), Kiata Farms, Hamilton, OH; Angus #218 (119.4), Way View Cattle Co., Hebron, OH; Angus #191 (119.3), Underwood Angus Farms, North Manchester, IN; Angus #104 (118.2), Brown Family Farms / Doug, Rockville, IN; Hereford #167 (117.9), Able Acres, Wingate, IN; Angus #185 (117.8), ATH Farms, Lucerne, IN; and Angus #100 (117.2), Brown Family Farms / Drew, Rockville, IN.

Congratulations to Rolling Acres Angus, Freetown, IN, Snider-Clayton Farm, Goshen, IN, and Underwood Angus Farms, North Manchester, IN for consigning the top indexing get-of-sire group, Get #21 (114.7). Angus bulls #35, 194, 195, and 191 were sired by SS Niagara Z29. Next was Get #9 (109.9) with Angus bulls #89, 90, and 91, consigned by Fritz Homer Farm, Terre Haute, IN and sired by Connealy Power Surge 3115. Get #11 (106.0) had Angus bulls #101, 104, and 105, consigned by Brown Family Farms / Doug, Rockville, IN and sired by PVF Insight 0129. Get #4 (105.7) had Angus bulls #33, 34, 38, and 39, consigned by Rolling Acres Angus and sired by Prairie Creek Boulder 3017. Get #14 (105.4) had Hereford bulls #129, 130, and 131, consigned by Robison Farms, Mulberry, IN and sired by CL1 Domino 1154Y. Get #18 (105.3) had Angus bulls #187, 188, 189, and 190, consigned by Underwood Angus Farms and sired by Kiata New Design 3860.

Sale catalogs should be available at the test station by April 12. Bulls will be penned by 3:00 p.m. at the Springville Feeder Auction on sale day. We need several volunteers to bring trailers at 1:00 p.m. to transport bulls from the test station to Springville. Also, help is needed from bull owners during the sale. Buyers must remove bulls at Springville by Friday noon, April 21. Sale day phone is (812) 279-1282.

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