The 61st Indiana Beef Evaluation Program sale of performance tested bulls is set for Thursday, April 17, at 6 p.m., and Parke County Extension Office will once again be a remote site for the sale.
Catalogs listing all the bulls are available at the Parke County Extension Office, and can be requested by phone at 765/569-3176 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The sale will be different this year as bids will be placed over the internet. Buyers can participate on their own from home if they have a high speed internet connection, such as DSL, T-1, or Broadband, but they should register by April 15 to do so.
Bids at the remote sites will also be placed over the internet so the system at Parke County Extension Office will be different. The site will actually be in the main office instead of the meeting room attached to the office.
Because of the changes in the remote sale sites, Parke County Extension Director Mark Spelbring suggests anyone interested in buying or getting more information should call or e-mail right away.
One hundred thirty-seven bulls will be offered in the sale. The bulks of the bulls, 97, are of the Angus breed, but seven other breeds will be included. Only the top portion of the bulls of each breed may be sold in these auctions each year.
These bulls were placed on a feeding test at the Purdue test station near Bedford and evaluated in many ways. Performance data are gathered, and expected progeny difference (EPD) figures will be available in the sale catalogs for several important traits. The catalog explains the traits and how to use EPDs.