The 71st performance test of the Indiana Beef Evaluation Program finished March 25, 2013 at the Feldun-Purdue Ag Center in Bedford. A total of 182 bulls from six breeds completed the test. The bulls were entered by 61 seedstock producers from Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, and Wisconsin. Bulls were fed a moderate-energy ration during the 125-day test and daily gain for the entire group was 3.74 lbs. The bulls are in ideal body condition for use this spring.
This is an excellent set of bulls that offer a range of performance for the economically important traits. Bull number 165 will enter the sale ring first because of his strong combination of traits. His Performance Index was 113.0 and his Carcass Merit Index was 106.0. His EPD’s ranked in the top 10% of the Angus breed for weaning weight, yearling weight, maternal milk, and carcass weight, as well as $W, $F, and $B Indexes. Angus #165 was consigned by Cardinal Hill Farms, Glasgow, KY and was sired by CHF 007 Royal Flush 0951. Other bulls with superior balanced traits for performance and carcass merit that will sell early in the sale include Angus bulls #7 from Walnut Grove Angus, Union, IL; #37, 42, and 50 from Stewart Select Angus, Greensburg, IN; #13 from Bill Washburn, Olney, IL; #113 and 117 from Kiata Farms, Hamilton, OH; and SimAngus bull #178 from Tom Gates, Rushville, IN. Beef producers looking for a high carcass merit bull should take note of Angus #8, consigned by Fountain Farms Angus, Endeavor, WI. Bull #8 has an estimated intramuscular fat of 6.66% with 0.30 inches of rib fat and a ribeye area of 13.9 square inches, for a combined Carcass Merit of 121.3.
Cattle producers looking for bulls that will add pounds, quality and value to their calves will not want to miss the sale on Thursday April 18, 2013, 6:00 p.m. at the Springville Feeder Auction, Springville, Indiana. In addition, the sale will be broadcast live over the internet through DVAuction Services. Users with high speed internet access and interested in buying or just viewing the sale need to visit the DVAuction web site at www.dvauction.com. Bulls can also be viewed and purchased at five remote sites in Indiana: the Tippecanoe County Extension Office, Lafayette; the Parke County Extension Office, Rockville; the Clark County Extension Office, Charlestown; the Fulton County Fairgrounds, Rochester; and the Wayne County Extension Office, Richmond.
A total of 108 bulls will be offered for sale (78 Angus, 15 SimAngus, 8 Simmental, 6 Hereford, and 1 Red Angus). These 108 bulls were the top indexing bulls of their breed and passed a rigorous inspection for breeding and structural soundness. Also, all bulls have been measured by ultrasound for ribeye area, backfat and percent intramuscular fat (marbling). In addition, EPD's for birth weight, weaning weight, yearling weight, maternal milk, calving ease, carcass traits, and $ indexes are available to assist producers in bull selection. All Angus, SimAngus, and Red Angus bulls offered for sale have had their pedigrees inspected for ancestors carrying genetic defects. All are AMF, CAF, M1F, NHF, and/or OSF or have no carrier ancestors.
Bulls may be seen at the Test Station, located at the Feldun-Purdue Ag. Center, 3 miles northwest of Bedford on SR 158 and 458 or after 3:00 p.m. on April 18 at the Springville Feeder Auction. Bulls will also be available for viewing during the Open House at the Test Station on Thursday, April 11, which begins at 4:00 pm.
For additional information, contact your County Extension Educator, or Donna Lofgren, 765-494-6439; Terry Stewart, 765-494-0138; or Brad Shelton, Station Manager, 812-279-8554. Also, complete performance data and photos of sale bulls can be viewed at the Web Site: http://www.ansc.purdue.edu/ibep/. The sale catalog is online, and includes a feature which allows users to search for bulls which meet their selection criteria.