WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Cattle producers looking for bulls that will add pounds, quality and value to their herds should attend the Indiana Beef Evaluation Program's bull sale Oct. 19.
Of the 64 bulls that completed the 72nd IBEP performance test, 40 will be offered at the auction: 31 Angus, four Simmental and five SimAngus. The animals were entered by 28 seedstock producers from Indiana and surrounding states. They will sell immediately after the Springville Feeder Auction Association's annual Heifer and Cow sale, which starts at 2 p.m.
These 40 bulls were the top indexing bulls of their breeds and passed a rigorous inspection for breeding and structural soundness. They are in ideal body condition for use this fall or next spring, said Donna Lofgren, Purdue Extension animal breeding specialist.
All bulls have been measured by ultrasound for ribeye area, backfat and percent intramuscular fat, or marbling.
Lofgren, who handles the 125-day test performance records, said the bulls were fed a moderate-energy ration and the daily gain for the entire group was 3.96 pounds.
Expected progeny differences, or EPDs, for birth weight, weaning weight, yearling weight, maternal milk, calving ease and carcass traits will be available to assist producers in bull selection.
Potential buyers can view the bulls at the Feldun-Purdue Ag Center, 932 state Route 458, Bedford, before the sale. After noon on the sale day, bulls can be seen at the Springville Feeder Auction, 10 miles northwest of Bedford on state Route 54.
Video clips, a sale catalog and other performance data are available at http://www.ansc.purdue.edu/ibep/.
The sale also will be shown live on the Internet at http://www.dvauction.com. If producers plan to purchase a bull through the DVAuction site, they should register in advance to establish financial credentials.
For more information, contact Lofgren at 765-494-6439; Terry Stewart, IBEP secretary and treasurer, at 765-494-0138; or Brad Shelton, station manager, at 812-279-8554.