October 31 saw 132 bull prospects delivered to the UW-Platteville Pioneer Farm to begin the acclimation process for the 60th Annual Wisconsin Beef Improvement Association Central Bull Test. Several new consignors joined the ranks of breeders from Wisconsin, Iowa and Illinois to participate in the next chapter of the longest continuously running bull test in America. Bulls are weighed on-test November 28, and the test will run for 100 days, culminating in a public auction Saturday April 1, 2017 at the UW-Platteville Pioneer Farm.

New this year, WBIA is encouraging all consignors to submit DNA from each bull to their respective breed associations for the purpose of acquiring enhanced EPDs, identifying genetic defect carriers and providing parental verification. Bulls with DNA tests will have EPD accuracies comparable to bulls with one reported calf crop on the ground. This should increase buyer confidence when using EPDs as a selection tool as well as help consignors eliminate genetic defect carriers from the offering. As the pool of genetic data increases, so does the accuracy of the DNA tests. Bulls will still be selected by performance with bidders and buyers having access to all performance and carcass data in addition to the DNA results, when provided.

Eighty-eight Angus bull prospects were delivered in total. Wisconsin consignors are GT Angus, Verona; Coon Creek Farm, Beloit; J&S Angus, Soldiers Grove; Kind Angus Farm, Jefferson; TJS Angus, Wisconsin Dells; Chadwick Angus Farm, Marshall; Triple C Farm, Janesville; Johnson Family Cattle, Clintonville; Biddick Inc., Livingston; Ryan Cattle, Lodi; Kuhle Family Farm, Hazel green; Wolters Farm, Inc. Cuba City; Borkdale Angus, Grand Marsh; Stevenson Angus Farm, Arlington; Neenah Creek Angus, Endeavor; and Nolen Wilharm, Whitewater. Illinois Angus consignors are Slager Angus, Polo; Morris and Miller, Chadwick; Sandman Cattle, Geneva; and Rother Angus Farm, Woodstock. Kunde Angus of Baldwin is the lone Iowa Angus consignor.

Wisconsin Simmental Breeders brought 22 purebred Simmental bulls to the test. Bulls are consigned by Double A Simmentals, Janesville; Hoeschele Simmentals, Black River; ELS Acres, Eau Claire; Vulture Hollow Simmentals, Blue Mounds; and Little Prairie Ranch, Eau Claire.

Twelve Simmental x Angus percentage bulls were delivered by Lundell 5 Red Angus of Livingston, Wi.

Seven Red Angus bulls are consigned by UW-Platteville University Farm, and Gibson Stock Farm, Elgin, IL.

Three Tarentaise consignments from Biddick, Inc, Livingston, WI, round out the deliveries.

Please take a moment to stop in and visit the test station if you are in south west Wisconsin. Check in at the website, www.wisconsinbeef.comfor all current data and pedigrees, dates and news throughout the test period as well as consignor contact information. We are currently in the process of making the website smartphone friendly, so check back to see the results. The auction will again be posted online by DVAuction to accommodate those unable to attend. You can still contact WBIA Executive Director John Freitag by phone at 800-297-5747, test station manager Alicia Adams at 608-342-1850, or WBIA President Allan Arndt at 608-774-0136. See you at the sale!