We run our performance test on the bulls for 4 consecutive months, weighed every 4 weeks. This allows for a wide range of environmental conditions, sorts out anomalies, and blends in the compensatory gain of the first few weeks. We also try to spread out the processing events since we have to run them through the chute for weight. This time, we took an ear notch for BVD PI testing, poured for lice, and trimmed sheath hair. The long, twisted hairs below the sheath are often dirty and matted, which can cause irritation and even exacerbate warts. We have had much better breeding soundness evaluations since we began this maintenance step.
The group is at an average weight of 844 pounds, and has gained 4.3 pounds daily since weaning. We really can see their rumen development during this first month. The high fibre ration keeps the factory steaming along!