The 63rd performance test of the Indiana Beef Evaluation Program finished March 23, 2009, at the Feldun-Purdue Ag Center in Bedford.
A total of 227 bulls from 10 breeds completed the test. The bulls were entered by 86 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 3.73 pounds. 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 149 will enter the sale ring first because of his strong combination of traits. His Performance Index was 113.6 and his EPD's ranked in the top 25 percent of the Angus breed for weaning weight, yearling weight, maternal milk, both direct and maternal calving ease as well as carcass weight, marbling and ribeye area.
Angus No. 149 was cosigned by Kiata Farms, Hamilton, Ohio, and was sired by CRA Bextor 872 5205 608. Other bulls with superior balanced traits for performance and carcass merit that will sell early in the sale include: Angus bulls No. 8 from Bill Washburn, Olney, Ill., No. 92 from Underwood Angus Farms, North Manchester, Ind., and No. 95 from Highland Angus, Perrysville, Ind., SimAngus No. 122 from Tom Gates, Rushville, and Hereford No. 162 from Able Acres, Wingate, Ind.
Beef producers looking for a high carcass merit bull should take note of SimAngus No. 9, cosigned by Bill Washburn. Bull No. 9 has an estimated intramuscular fat of 6.2 percent, with only 0.25 inches of rib fat and a ribeye area of 13.3 square inches for a combined Carcass Merit of 171.5.
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 16, at 6 p.m., at the Springville Feeder Auction, Springville, Ind. 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 website at www.dvauction.com.
Bulls can also be viewed and purchased at six remote sites, The Tippecanoe County Extension Office, Lafayette, the Parke County Extension Office, Rockville, the Clark County Extension Office, Charlestown, The Fulton County Fairgrounds, Rochester, The Wayne County Extension Office, Richmond, and the Anderson County Extension Office, Lawrenceburg, Ky.
A total of 126 bulls will be offered for sale (83 Angus, 12 SimAngus, 11 Simmental, seven Charolais, four Hereford, four Red Angus, three Gelbvieh Balancer, one Gelbvieh and one Lim-Flex). These 126 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 money indexes are available to assist producers in bull selection. All Angus, SimAnbus, Gelbvieh Balancer and Lim-Flex bulls offered for sale have had their pedigrees inspected for ancestors carrying the Arthrogryposis Multiplex (AM, Curly Calf) gene and if suspect, were DNA tested and shown to be AM free.
Bulls may be seen at the Test Station, located at the Feldun-Purdue Ag. Center, three miles northwest of Bedford on State Road 158 and SR 458 or after 3 p.m., on April 16, at the Springville Feeder Auction.
For additional information, contact Donna Lofgren at 1-765-494-6439, Barbara Probasco at 1-765-494-4843, Terre Stewart at 1-765-494-0138 or Richard Huntrods, Station Manager at 1-812-279-8554. Also, complete performance data and photos of sale bulls may be viewed at 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.