With the nice weather, it’s hard to think about Bull Sale season, but the calendar indicates it’s that time again.
We started the 2018 Bulls after a two week warm up with 42 head. On test weights were taken 11/5. At that time the ration consisted of 25% rolled oats/barley mix, 40% grass hay, and 35% alfalfa, ground and fed free choice via TMR wagon at the bull development lot.
The first 82-day ADG was 2.33 on the bulls. We gradually ramped up the percentage of grain to 50% of the ration and have increased the protein through increased alfalfa, less grass hay as the bulls are bulking up and able to utilize the increased TDN. The last 29-day check weight indicated a pen average, ADG of 2.9 with some bulls gaining over 4#/day.
The last 40 days of the feed test will be the most interesting as the bulls exhibit the most genetic separation and “A” string bulls begin to surface.
We are scheduled to ultrasound February 12th and should have Genomic Enhanced EPD’s including carcass data available a few days following. Catalogs will be postmarked in early March.
We have decided to go back to our Opening Day Private Treaty Event this year, as budget constraints forced us to cut out the auctioneer, ring men, and video expenses. This will allow us to pass these savings on to you as well, offering top genetic and developed bulls at private treaty prices. Bull sale date is Saturday, March 23, and will follow the same format as in the past. Bulls will be penned in like kind groups, allowing the buyers to make comparisons and closely scrutinize each and every bull. Lunch will be available by 11:30.
As in the past we offer free delivery after April 1 within 200 miles, care for the bulls until April 15 and will continue to feed the bulls after that at cost. We still offer $50.00 discount to bulls hauled home Sale Day.
We continue to select for, focus on and advocate easy fleshing, low maintenance cattle without giving up carcass merit or performance. Also, an essential genetic component as always is calving ease and high maternal traits. There is 75% of our offering above breed avg. for CED, and should be considered calving ease bulls.
The bulls are just ¼ mile off of Highway 95 at mile marker 481. Feel free to stop by anytime to have a preview or call Leonard or Ben to visit with us and see how V – X Bulls can go to work for you.
Leonard & Naomi – Ben & Dana