BEDFORD, Ind. — The Indiana Beef Evaluation Program has been busy preparing for its annual bull sale, which will take place at 2 p.m. April 17 at the Springville Feeder Auction, 4426 E Indiana 54, Springville.
Nick Minton, beef systems specialist and test station manager at the Feldun-Purdue Agricultural Center in Bedford, said part of his job is managing the day-to-day needs of the bulls in the program, which includes going out and walking among the animals to make sure they are OK.
Before the bulls can go through the sale, they have to undergo testing and pass. The tests include checking on weight performance gain and making sure the animal is structurally sound.
The bulls must have good performances when it comes to breeding, which means they have to be anatomically correct, Minton said.
Only top-indexing bulls of their breed that pass the structural and breeding soundness exams sell. Complete performance, carcass ultrasound and EPD information are provided on every bull.
The bulls that will be in this year’s sale have been at the farm since the second week of October. There are 101 bulls — 76 Angus, two Charolais, 10 Hereford, eight SimAngus and five Simmental.
The sale will be broadcast on CattleUSA.com. There will not be any remote sites for bidding at the sale.
Visitors are welcome at the FPAC test station, 1117 IN-458, Bedford. Call ahead at 812-279-4330.
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