If you need cows, heifers or a new herd bull, the place to be on Oct. 20 will be the Springville Feeder Auction facility in Lawrence County. It's located on Indiana Highway 54 West.
The first sale will feature offerings from members of the Springville Feeder Auction Association. It's their Heifer and Cow Sale. The sale begins at 2 p.m. EDT. A variety of breeds will be represented in the sale.
Immediately following the heifer and cow sale will be the Indiana Beef Evaluation Program tested bull sale. Sponsored through Purdue University, this is the 70th bull sale to be held since the program began. Bulls are kept on test at the Feldun-Purdue Ag Center located near Bedford.
Twenty nine bulls are scheduled to sell. They include 18 Angus bulls, two Charolais, one Red Angus bull, four Simmental and four SimAngus bulls.
These bulls are the pick of the crop of the 60 bulls entered in the summer test program at the Feldun Purdue Ag center. Twenty-seven producers form Indiana and surrounding states entered bulls in the test program.
The test is a 125 day performance test, with the top-indexing bulls from each breed offered for sale. Some bulls that were entered in the test will not be offered for sale because they did not test in the upper percentage of their breed, or did not pass specific inspections.
Cattlemen buying bulls can rest easy knowing that the bulls offered have been checked for structural and breeding soundness. Their pedigree has also been checked for lethal defects, and none were found. There are no potential carriers for any of these types of problems in the set of bulls offered for sale.
Bulls are evaluated on a number of performance traits, including daily rate of gain. The entire group this summer averaged 4.01 pounds of gain per day.
If you can't attend either sale in person, you can still participate. Both sales will be broadcast online, and you can bid online at www.dvauction.com.