August 24, 2017 WBIA Consignors: Your WBIA Board of Directors continues to strive to make our annual sale even better. Our goal is to have happy consignors and satisfied bull buyers. With that goal in mind, we are requiring genomic testing for all breeds where testing is available. We ask that you draw the blood at home before delivering them to the test station. Now, buyers will have guaranteed parentage, no known genetic defects, and the most accurate EPDs available. Our buyers have utilized EPDs extensively since most of them are prioritizing calving ease, especially on heifers. The following table illustrates the necessity of consigning bulls that the buyers are searching for: 2017 WBIA Angus Bull Test Sale Averages for high, medium, low, and no sale bulls # # DNA tested (%) CED EPD $B DOB Index High ($3500 and over) 13 12 (92%) 10.1 140.2 2/24/16 106.8 Medium ($2600-$3400) 13 10 (78%) 7.3 141.8 3/2/16 106.4 Low ($2300-$2500) 18 13 (72%) 4.4 125.1 3/12/16 104.5 No Sale 10 3 (30%) 2.2 114.0 2/19/16 104.6 We have emphasized performance traits since the test station’s inception, and rightfully we still do. Bulls that are not structurally correct or have physical defects don’t sell well. Our suggestion is to get your potential consignments registered and DNA tested early so you can use their EPDs to help determine which bulls best represent you and your breeding program. The bottom line is analyze your bulls critically because very good bulls with very good numbers sell very well. In addition to genomic testing, please remember to do the blood work at home for the genomic testing and put an 840 RFID tag in your bulls! If you don’t, we will, but prefer that you do it. We will be identifying the bulls as they come through the scale, electronically this year. Here’s to a great test this year!!!