~ Eligible breeds will be Registered Black Angus and Registered Red Angus.
~ Bulls must be born between 12/15/17 and 4/15/18.
~ Bulls must be weaned at a minimum of two weeks prior to test arrival. Having them bunk broke and started to a supplemental feed is recommended.
~ Bulls must be preconditioned prior to test arrival. Three to six weeks prior to weaning is highly recommended along with boosters depending on length of wean. An internal and external parasite control program is also recommended.
Recommended Vaccination Program
5 way respiratory. IBR-BVD-PI3-BRSV (modified live or killed)
Pasteurella (both types)
Clostridial 7 or 8 way with Somnus
Bulls will be vaccinated at initial test weigh with the following Merck Animal Health Products. If your current vaccination program allows the TBT recommends the following vaccines. Consult your veterinarian to discuss your program and read all vaccine labels before implementing this modified live program.
Merck PrimeVAC 34 Premium & Merck PrimeVAC 45
Vista Once SQ
Vision 7 Somnus with Spur
Ultra Saber Pour-On
~ TBT ear tags will be applied in left ear. TBT will maintain ranch tags placed in the right ear of bulls.
~ Bulls must have legible tattoos or number brands that match the registration papers. Original registration papers that are signed must accompany bull to the test. Bulls are not eligible for sale unless registration papers are given to TBT. Consignor agrees with entry form signature to provide specific breed association online login access for TBT Reports and Catalog by providing customer code and password.
~ Genetic carriers (AM, NH, CA, OS, M1, and DD) are ineligible. Genetic carriers (OH) are eligible, no requirement for testing. All bulls must be tested prior to arrival to test. NO EXCEPTIONS!
~ Bulls must be tested BVD-PI negative to be eligible for sale. If bulls were tested prior to arrival please provide results.
~ All bulls MUST be genomically tested for Parentage Verification. 50K testing is optional for the consignor. Testing expenses are assumed by consignor. It is a tool that more and more bull customers are using as part of their selections.
~ Brand inspections are required unless cattle reside in Teton Co. Bulls must meet Montana health entrance requirements if from out of state. Health certificates and brand inspections must accompany bulls at test arrival.
The test will be located at North Montana Feeders, Inc. (NMF) in Choteau, MT. The Yeager Family has a great deal of experience feeding cattle, especially developing bulls. Their long history of developing bulls gives TBT a great deal of confidence in the care and development of the bulls for the test at NMF.
~ The bulls will be fed a ration developed by NMF and NMF’s nutritionist to gain 3 lbs. per head per day.
~ Pen space will not allow the two breeds to be fed in separate pens.
~ TBT or NMF are not responsible for loss by fire, theft, sickness, injury or death of bulls, but will make every effort to protect the health and safety of the bulls through proper care. If deems necessary veterinary services will be provided at the bull owner’s expense.
~ Mortality Insurance from Jerry Gliko, 406-860-3181, will be available.
~ Receiving dates for bulls will be October 20 to October 31, 2018 at North Montana Feeders. TBT can help assist with transportation arrangements to NMF at cost to consignors. Consignors must coordinate with TBT receiving date and time.
~ TBT is a 120 day performance test measuring ADG and WDA. Weights will be taken at 60, 90, and 120 days for indexes and ratios. Reports will be sent at these times.
~ TBT Index will be measured by nursing ratio, yearling ratio, and gain ratio (NR 1/3, YR 1/3 and GR 1/3). Bulls will be sold in order of their TBT Index.
~ The nursing ratio will have a max of 115. Embryo transfer calves and twins will use the dam’s average wean ratio for calculations in the TBT Index.
~ TBT recommends bulls with a weaning ratio of 100 or greater. It also is recommended that bulls have an Adj. WW of 700# or greater. Northern Montana Ranchers have the reputation of weaning calves that are 650# or greater and demand their bull selections to meet the same criteria.
~ TBT will ultrasound all bulls to measure % IMF, ribeye area, and back fat, and rump fat.
~ All bulls must pass a Breeding Soundness Exam (Structural Soundness, Scrotal Measurement, Semen Evaluation) by a veterinarian. They must also have an adjusted 365-day scrotal circumference of at least 32 cm.
~ The TBT “Jackpot” contest will again be available. Each consignor can enter one bull in the contest. TBT will contribute $100 to the "Jackpot" for every entry with the top three places getting the pot, 50% first place, 30% second place, and 20% for third place. Those bulls will be indexed separately (NR ¼, YR ¼, and GR ½) for the contest. The Red and Black Angus Bulls are both eligible and will be indexed together for the “Jackpot”. Entries must be picked at test arrival.
~ Awards will be given for Champion ADG, WDA, Sire Group, TBT Index, and Youth for each breed.
~ TBT is not going to adhere to a printed standard that only the top 75% sell. Bulls will have to meet a performance standard that will be fair for the entire test and sale. TBT is striving to sell quality bulls versus meeting a quantity percentage.
The following is an estimated expense breakdown per individual bull. These prices are ESTIMATES.
Non-refundable entry fee (due at bull arrival) $200
Feed, Yardage, Bedding $425
Vaccinations, Ultrasound, BSE, BVD Testing, Clipping, Video $150
Sale Fee 5% of Gross Sale
TBT will bill every month. Unpaid balances over 30 days will incur finance charges. Ultimately all bills will be settled with TBT before bull sale proceeds will be given to consignor.
Veterinary services and medicine if needed billed at cost.
Freight billed at cost (transportation to test if needed and transportation to sale facility).
TBT Sale expenses at the Western Livestock Auction billed at cost.
Mortality and Loss of Use Insurance premiums on sale day will be split between consignor and buyer if buyer so chooses to insure.
~ TBT has the right to refuse entry or remove from the test any bull that is deemed unacceptable for health, soundness, structural issues, feet issues, disposition, performance, scurs, etc. Expenses will be pro-rated to removal date.
~ The goal of the TBT is to provide high quality performance tested “Cowboy Kind“ Red and Black Angus Bulls. TBT feels “Cowboy Kind” are bulls that are athletic, masculine, long sided, deep middled, and heavily muscled that stand on a thick stifle, lots of bone and have solid, sound feet.
~ Be very diligent in your selection process for the upcoming test, study the bulls very closely phenotypically and structurally. The winter last year was tough, bulls with frozen ears need to be examined closely to make sure they weren't damaged further. Bull selection still is a visual process regardless what the catalog reads. Quick facts on last year's test (30% of the bulls with less than a 100 NR made the sale and only 45% of the bulls with less than a 700# Adj. 205 made the sale). Your selection process to the test will go a long way to providing a high quality sale with depth of bulls from front to back that will meet the Treasure Bull Test standard.