The Iowa Cattlemen’s Association bull and heifer evaluation program serves the needs of both the cattle seedstock producers and producers with commercial cow-calf herds. The program, which has been in place since 1985, provides seedstock producers comparison and bench marking information. The cow-calf producer benefits include access to superior genetics for their herd to enhance their bottom line.
Bulls and replacement heifers must meet strict selection criteria to be eligible for one of three ICA sales held across the state. The criteria are determined by ICA's Production Efficiency Committee, which is made up of all current consignors to the program. The top 75% of the evaluated bulls and replacement heifers in each breed that meet the criteria earn ICA's 'Symbol of Excellence' and are sold at the sales.
Bull and Heifer Evaluation Program Under Way
The 33rd Annual Bull and Heifer Evaluation Program (BHEP) is under way with 257 head consigned.
On-test for the Bloomfield sale include 9 fall-born bulls (6 Angus, 1 Simmental, 1 Simmental Composite, and 1 Sim-Angus) and 55 spring-born bulls, including 39 Angus, 5 Charolais, 5 Simmental and 6 Sim-Angus bulls. The top 75% of the bulls will be sold in Bloomfield on March 19.
Another sale will be held in Dunlap, with 48 bulls competing. The Dunlap bulls include 13 Angus, 13 Charolais, 7 Red Angus, 11 Simmental and 4 Sim-Angus. There are 84 bulls competing to take part in the Knoxville sale, which will be held April 20. Knoxville bulls include 65 head of Angus, 6 Charolais, 8 Simmental and 5 Simmental Composite.
Seedstock producers can also enter their bulls into ICA’s private test option. This program allows producers to gather important data on their animals’ performance while retaining ownership. There are 16 October bulls taking part in the private test: 10 Angus and 6 Sim-Angus. November private test bulls include 12 Angus, 2 Simmental and 3 Sim-Angus, for a total of 17.
ICA also has 10 heifers on test for the Bloomfield sale (3 Angus, 2 Simmental and 5 Sim-Angus) as well as 18 private-test Angus heifers.
BHEP test locations include Kirkwood College, Amstutz Cattle Co, and Werner Feed Efficiency. If you have any questions about the ICA Bull Evaluation Program, please call the office at 515.296.2266.
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