ICA kicks off 2013 bull sales week of March 18
The Iowa Cattlemen's Association will hold its first two performance-selected bull sales of the season on March 18 at the Bloomfield Livestock Auction Market in Bloomfield, and March 22 at the Dunlap Livestock Auction in Dunlap. Both sales begin at 6:30 p.m.
"With the U.S. cattle industry reporting its lowest cattle inventory since 1952, the time is right to select a bull that will maximize your investment in the cow-calf segment," says Kellie Carolan, ICA seedstock manager. "The bulls consigned for these sales have the genetic potential to add pounds to your calf crop and dollars to your bottom line."
The sales feature bulls that have met the standards of ICA's Bull Evaluation Program, indicating they will provide genetics with high economic value to farmers with either commercial cow-calf or seedstock production.
"Breeders have consigned an excellent set of bulls that carry breed-leading pedigrees and outstanding EPDs (expected progeny differences)," says Carolan, who oversees the evaluation program.
All bulls were tested from Oct. 29, 2012, to Feb. 18, 2013, at Van Meter Feedyard near Guthrie Center. The sale bulls represent the top 75 percent of the group tested, and were selected based on carcass, growth and reproductive merit.
At both sales, "buyers will find high performance bulls developed on a higher roughage ration this year," Carolan says. "The offerings at these sales had an average gain of over 3.8 pounds per day on-test, plus many excel in calving ease and carcass traits."
Bloomfield sale preview
Three breeds are represented in the 27 yearling bulls that will be sold in Bloomfield. They include 21 Angus, five Simmental and one Simmental Composite. In addition, eight fall-born bulls that will average 18-months of age at sale time, will be offered. These bulls were developed at the Kirkwood Community College test station.
Breeders of the highest-gaining bull from each breed that qualified for the Bloomfield sale will be honored prior to the sale by ICA and Zoetis Animal Health. Those to be honored are: Joe Mather of State Center, who consigned Lot 32, an Angus bull sired by "Hoover Dam" which gained 4.40 pounds per day.
Also, hitting a top mark was a Simmental bull, Lot 44, raised by Bill Wolfe of Prole. This February son of "Mr NLC Upgrade U8676" gained 3.88 pounds per day. In the Simmental Composite division, James
Hogan of Monticello, consigned the top performing bull, Lot 46. This February son of "GW Lucky Ace 076TS" gained 3.75 pounds per day on the 112-day test.
Dunlap sale preview
Five breeds are represented in the bulls that will be sold in Dunlap. The 58 yearling bulls include 29 Angus, 14 Simmental, 10 Charolais, three Simmental Composite, and two Hereford.
Again, breeders of the highest-gaining bull from each breed will be honored by ICA and Zoetis Animal Health. Those to be honored are: Larry Bridgewater, Walker, who consigned Lot 108, an Angus bull sired by "O'Neills Bando Boy" which gained 4.71 pounds per day.
Hitting the top mark for Simmentals tested is Lot 165, raised by Craig Utesch of Correctionville. This son of "SVF/NJS Mo Better M217" gained 5.2 pounds per day. The top Charolais bull, Lot 153, came from Bill Zimmerman, Foley, MN. His ADG was 4.11 pounds, and he is the son of "One Penny Xerox 0101."
In the Simmental Composite division, James Hogan, Monticello, consigned the top performing bull, Lot 177. This son of "GW Lucky Ace 076TS" gained 3.75 pounds per day on the 112-day test. And, Eric and Matt Tiernan, Stuart, had the top performing Hereford bull in the group. Their Lot 158 son of "MSU TCF Revolution 4R" gained 3.84 pounds per day.
The ICA Bull Evaluation Program, which has been in place since 1985, has two basic objectives: 1) to evaluate high-quality bulls in a common environment to benefit seedstock producers and; 2) to identify and merchandise a select group of bulls, which excel in traits that have a high economic value.
To accomplish the second objective, each bull must undergo a rigid evaluation process. "First, the bulls are placed on-test to evaluate their growth potential. Once the bulls finish the testing period, they undergo an ultrasound exam to gather carcass merit information as it relates to rib eye area size, amount of back fat, and the amount of intramuscular fat," says Carolan.
There will be one other sale date for bulls that have been tested through the ICA evaluation program. It will be on May 3 at the Tama Livestock Auction in Tama. A sale of performance-tested open heifers will also be held on that date.
For more information about the ICA Bull Evaluation Program or to receive a sale catalog, contact the ICA office at 515-296-2266. You may also view the sales catalog and other information on the ICA website at www.iacattlemen.org.
Bull selection clinics will help in decision process
Cattle producers looking for their new herd bull at the upcoming Iowa Cattlemen's Association bull sales can attend a selection clinic before the sales to learn about using information from the catalogs to make a good selection.
"Sorting through performance measures and expected progeny differences doesn't have to be a chore or a mystery," says Denise Schwab, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach beef program specialist.
ISU's Iowa Beef Center staff will hold bull selection clinics prior to the bull sales at Bloomfield on March 18, and Dunlap on March 22. The clinics will start at 4:30 p.m. at both locations.
IBC staff will break down the process of bull selection and assist those attending with interpreting the EPD numbers in the catalog. "We can help you evaluate your cow herd and determine the economically relevant traits that you want to emphasize," Schwab says. There will be time to visually appraise the bulls, too.
Bull buyers could win credit certificates
Cattle producers who buy their herd bulls from the Iowa Cattlemen's Association Bull Evaluation Program have an opportunity to win $500 credit on the cost of a bull.
As a thank you for purchasing through the ICA program, a drawing will be held at each BEP sale this spring for credit certificates. When a buyer purchases an animal, the buyer number goes into a drawing for either a $500 or a $200 certificate toward the purchase at the sale or at another ICA sale this year or next.
Winners will be drawn at the sales in Bloomfield on March 18 and in Dunlap on March 22.
"This is one way to say 'thank you' to all the folks using the ICA evaluation program to select their herd sires," said Kellie Carolan, ICA seedstock manager.