Indiana Beef Evaluation Program to host bull auction April 14

April 7, 2011

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Bulls that performed well in the performance test of the Indiana Beef Evaluation Program at the Feldun-Purdue Agricultural Center will be auctioned at 6 p.m. (EDT) April 14 at the Springville Feeder Auction.

The bulls, entered by 57 producers from California, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Wisconsin, were fed a moderate-energy ration during the 125-day evaluation period and showed an average daily gain of four pounds. They are in ideal body condition for use this spring, said Donna Lofgren, Purdue Extension animal breeding specialist.

"This is an excellent set of bulls that offer a range of performance for the economically important traits," she said.

A total of 110 bulls will be offered for sale: 86 Angus, 13 SimAngus, five Simmental, three Hereford, one Charolais, one Lim-Flex and one Red Angus.

"These bulls were the top indexing bulls of their breeds and passed a rigorous inspection for breeding and structural soundness," Lofgren said.

All bulls have been measured by ultrasound for ribeye area, back fat and percent intramuscular fat, or marbling. Producers also will have access to expected progeny differences for birth weight, weaning weight, yearling weight, maternal milk, calving ease and carcass traits.

Potential buyers can view the bulls at the test station before the sale. The Feldun-Purdue Agricultural Center is at 923 State Road 458, in Bedford, Ind. After 3 p.m. the day of the sale, buyers can view the bulls at the Springville Feeder Auction, 10 miles northwest of Bedford on state Route 54.

For those who cannot attend the sale, it also will be shown live online at http://www.dvauction.com

Complete performance data and photos of sale bulls can be viewed at http://www.ansc.purdue.edu/ibep

Writer: Jennifer Stewart, 765-494-6682, jsstewar@purdue.edu 

Source: Donna Lofgren, 765-494-6439, dlofgren@purdue.edu

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