Date: 8/12/2014 12:00:00 AM

Title: ICA bull test starts 30th year; reservations due Sept. 5

The 2015 Iowa Cattlemen’s Association (ICA) bull tests and sales will mark the 30th anniversary of the ICA service which is well-known by both seedstock and commercial cattle producers.

The performance bull test in Iowa was originally under the direction of the Iowa Beef Improvement Association (IBIA). In July 1985, IBIA dissolved and the performance testing program was merged into the ICA committee structure. The program has performance tested more than 7,250 elite bulls in its 30 year history.

Open heifers were added to the program in 1999 and more than 775 head have been offered for sale in the past 16 years.

The ICA Bull Evaluation Program (BEP) has a long reputation of offering elite genetics to commercial breeders and other purebred producers. By participating in the program, seedstock producers - whether they have a small or large operation - can benchmark their genetics and compare their outcomes with those from other herds. Additionally, there is a private reservation option which may be especially beneficial for smaller producers interested in a cost-effective way of gathering ultrasound and performance data on their herd, while reserving the right to take their stock home after the evaluation.

Reservations for BEP are on a first come, first serve basis. Both consignment and private reservations for fall-born and spring-born bulls will be taken through Sept. 5, or until pens are full. Heifer reservations can be made through Nov. 3, or until pens are full.

The fall bulls will be fed and evaluated at Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids, while the spring bulls and open heifers will be delivered to the Van Meter Feedyard near Guthrie Center.

The superior genetics that come from this program are offered to commercial cattle producers at three sales in Iowa auction barns next spring: March 16 – Bloomfield Livestock, Bloomfield; March 27 – Dunlap Livestock, Dunlap; and May 1, Tama Livestock, Tama.

Throughout the test history, the Bull Evaluation Program committee has always strived to give bull and heifer buyers and seedstock producers more information to assist in their genetic selection process. The program has undergone continuous improvement from being part of selection clinics, to adding ultrasound data and pelvic measurements, to including PI-BVD testing for all enrolled cattle and adding new EPDs and indexes.

For a reservation packet or for more information, contact Kellie Carolan, ICA seedstock manager, 515-296- 2266 or visit the programs area of this website.