The 70th performance test of the Indiana Beef Evaulation Program finished Sept. 24, 2012, at the Feldun-Purdue Ag Center, Bedford.
A total of 58 bulls from seven breeds completed the test.
The bulls were entered by 27 seedstock producers from Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Wisconsin.
Bulls were fed a moderate-energy ration during the 125-day test and daily grain for the entire group was 4.01 pounds.
The bulls are in ideal body condition for use this fall or next spring.
This is an excellent set of bulls that offer a range of performance for the economically important traits.
Angus bull No. 215 will enter the ring first.
He had a Performance Index of 112.6 and Carcass Merit Index of 135.9, the highest Carcass Merit Index in the test.
His EPD's rank him in the top 10 percent of the breed for maternal milk, direct calving ease, marbling and ribeye area, as well as dollar grid value, dollar quality grade and dollar beef value indexes.
The bull was sired by CRA Bextor 872 5205 608 and is owned by Kiata Farms, Hamilton, Ohio.
Kiata Farms has two other bulls in the sale.
Angus No. 213 was sired by GAR New Design 5050, had a Performance Index of 105.7, and will be the third to sell.
Angus No. 216 was sired by CRA Bextor 872 5205 608, had a Performance Index of 104.1, and will be the sixth in the ring.
Two bulls from Bordner Farms, Sturgis, Mich., will sell early, both sired by SS Incentive 9J17.
Angus No. 86 had a Performance Index of 109.0, and Carcass Merit Index of 124.0, and will be the second to sell.
Angus No. 87 had a Performance Index of 103.7, and a Carcass Merit Index of 116.6, and will be the fourth bull in the ring.
Other excellent bulls selling early in the sale include Simmental No. 99, sired by TNT Jump Start R238 from Saxe Farm, Thompsonville, Ill.; Simmental No. 53, sired by LMF Movin Forward from Bill Washburn, Olney, Ill.; Angus No. 76, sired by SydGen CC & 7 from Powell Farms, Worthingon; and SimAngus No. 93, sired by SVF Right A-way U055 from Neal Bros., Simmentals, Bicknell.
Cattle producers looking for bulls that will add pounds, quality and value to their valve will not want to miss the sale Saturday, Oct. 20, at the Springville Feeder Auction, Springville, Ind.
Bulls will sell immediately following the Springville Feeder Auction Association's Heifer and Cow sale, which starts at 2 p.m.
In addition, the sale will be broadcast over the Internet through DVAuction Services.
Users with high speed Internet access and are interested in buying or just viewing the sale need to visit the DVAuction website at www.dvauction.com.
Those who plan to purchas a bull via th DVAuction website should pre-register with DVAuction to establish financial credentials.
A total of 29 bulls will be offered for sale, including 18 Angus, two Charolais, one Red Angus, four Simmental and four SimAngus.
The 29 bulls were the top indexing bulls of their breed and passed 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 dollar indexes are available to assist producers in bull selection.
Bulls may be seen at the Test Station, located at the Feldun-Purdue Agriculture Center, three miles northwest of Bedford on State Road 158 and State Road 458, or after noon, Oct. 20, at the Springville Feeder Auction. Video clips of all the sale bulls are available on the IBEP website.
For additional information, call the local Clay County Extension Office at 448-9041, or Donna Lofgren at 765-494-6439, Terry Stewart at 765-494-0138, or Brad Shelton, Station Manager, at 812-279-8554.
Also, complete performance data for sale bulls may be viewed at 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.