General Rules for 2016-2017

The following rules will be followed:

1. Preconditioning

  • Owners must administer pre-conditioning vaccines 3 to 4 weeks prior to arrival at the teststation. Vaccines must include the following: Blackleg, Malignant Edema, Clostridium Perfringins types C and D, IBR-PI3, BVD, and BRSV.

7 - Way Clostridial Vaccine (C. chauvoei, C. septicum, C. haemolyticum, C. Novyi, C. sordellii, C. perfringens C&D)

  • Common Vaccines are Alpha 7, Ultrabac 7, Vison 7, Caliber 7, Bar-Vac 7

5 – Way Respiratory Vaccine  Modified Live Virus (MLV) .  Bovine Respiratory Syncitial Virus (BRSV), Bovine Viral Diarrhea Virus (BVD) Type I and II, Infectious Bovine Rhinotracheitis (IBR), Parainfluenza 3.

    • Common Vaccines are Bovi Shield Gold 5, Express 5,  Pyramid 5

Vaccines for Mannheimia haemolytica, Pasteurella multocida, and Heamophilus somnus are recommended

Mannhaemia haemolytica, Pastuerella multocida, and Haemophilus somnus

    • Common Vaccine Once PMH SQ
  • Bulls must be weaned and conditioned to dry feed 2 weeks before bringing them to the test station.
  • Owners must treat for internal and external parasites 3 to 4 weeks prior to arrival at the test station.
  • Bulls must be BVD tested and test results must be received before bulls are received at the test station.
    • Bulls must be tested BVD-PI negative prior to arrival

2. Bull Receiving

  1. Entry forms must be complete and postmarked by September 16, 2016, and received before bulls arrive at the feedlot.
  2. Bulls will be received at the test station on October 8, 2015 between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.
  3. No bulls will be received after October 8, 2015
  4. Bulls may be received early if the producer makes prior arrangements with test management.
  5. Upon arrival bulls will receive
      • Inforce 3 (IN)
      • Once PMH (IN)
      • Multimin 90 (1cc/cwt) (SQ)
      • Ivermectin Pour on
  1. Receiving and processing will be followed by a 14-day conditioning/warm-up period.
  2. 30-days post arrival bulls will receive
  • Virashield 6 + Somnus (SQ)
  • Alpha 7 (SQ)
  • Endovac Beef (IM)
  • Multimin 90 (1cc/cwt) (SQ)
  • Mid Test will also receive another Ivermectin Pour On
  • For 2017 bulls that did not receive MLV vaccine before arrival adminster Cattlemaster (IM) in February
  1. Bulls committed to the test must remain at the test station until the test is complete, unless the bull has a chronic illness or there are other special circumstances.
  2. The feedlot will provide at least 375 sq. feet of pen space and 2½’ of bunk space per bull to allow bulls to eat all at once without crowding. Pens will vary in size
  3. A veterinarian may be employed to mouth bulls if the is a question about the age of the bull
  4. Herd Health will be performed by the feedlot under the direction of Veterinarian protocols which are as follows

Snake River Bull Test / High Desert Veterinarian Services
Treatment Protocols


PNEUMONIA (head low, open mouth, snotty nose, droopy ears, breathing hard or fast)

  • Draxxin 1.1cc/cwt one time (SubQ)
  • Banamine 2cc/cwt Q24 for 3 days (IM)

PNEUMONIA - Hard breathing, hard case

  • Draxxin 1.1cc/cwt one time (SubQ)
  • Banamine 2cc/cwt Q24 for 3 days (IM)
  • Dexamethasone 8-10 cc once (IM) (small-big)


  • Noromycin 300 4cc/cwt (SQ)
  • Sulfa pill Sustain III 1 pill/cwt (optional)


  • Therabloat in 1 gallon of water in a drench
  • 40cc Pen G Long lasting (once) (IM)
  • Probios Gel, One compression (optional)


  • Noromycin 300, 4cc/cwt (SubQ) in the neck
  • Repeat in 5 days if not almost better


3. Proof of Ownership

  1. Bulls from Idaho do not need a brand inspection, but proof of ownership such as a brand card is required.
  2. Out-of-state producers must meet Idaho entrance requirements.

4. Identification

  1. Bulls must be individually identified by an ear tattoo and/or brand prior to delivery.
  2. Snake River Bull Test ear tags will be placed in the left ear.
  3. Ranch ID ear tags, if desired, must be placed in the right ear prior to delivery to the test station.

5. WDA

  1. Bulls must have a minimum of 2.5 pound Weight per Day of Age (WDA) at the official start of the test to be placed on official test.
  2. Bulls not meeting the 2.5 WDA requirement will be placed on unofficial test and will not be eligible for the Snake River Bull Test Sale.

6. Junior & Senior Divisions

  1. Senior Test: bulls must be born between August 1, 2015 and December 31, 2016.
  2. Junior Test: bulls must be born between January 1, 2016 and March 31, 2016.

7. Angus Low Birth Weight and Growth Divisions

  1. There will be two divisions within the Angus breed test. Divisions will be categorized as the "Growth" and "Low Birth Weight".
  2. To qualify for the LBW Division, a bull must have a Birth Weight EPD of less than +1.8, and a Calving Ease EPD of greater than +5.0.
  3. Angus bulls not classified in the LBW division will be entered into the growth division.

8. Entry Limit

  1. Breeders may enter as many bulls as they would like in the test.

9. Breeds Accepted

  1. All beef breeds may be entered. Bulls must be registered with a recognized breed association
  2. Composite bulls may be entered if the sire and dam are registered in a beef breed association.

10. Vet/Health

  1. Proper care will be provided for bulls on test. Veterinary service will be available, when necessary, at the owner's expense.
  2. Bulls entered in the Snake River Bull Test will be required to remain at the test station until the conclusion of the test. If a bull is taken by test management to a veterinary clinic to be treated for an illness the bull may be returned to complete the test following treatment.

11. Feeding

  1. The ration will be formulated to maintain a test average daily gain of at least 3.0 pounds.
  2. Bulls will be fed by breed. Breeds without adequate numbers to fill a pen may be commingled with other breeds.

12. Evaluation

  1. Bulls will be evaluated and scored within their breed and divisions.
  2. Scoring will be based on a system developed with the University of Idaho Department of Animal and Veterinary Science beef specialists.
  3. An evaluation criterion includes factors such as: average daily gain, breeding soundness, fertility, dam's fertility, structural correctness, breed characteristic, EPDs, capacity, ultrasound data, muscling, eye appeal, genomic profile, and disposition.

13. Reports

  1. Reports of weights, rate of gain, and other performance measures will be sent to participating breeders.
  2. Beginning and ending individual weights will be an average of two weights taken at equal intervals.
  3. Weights will be considered official.
  4. Comparisons will be made within breeds and within the junior and senior divisions.
  5. Breeds with less than 10 head will be compared to the average of the division.

14. Performance Records & Registration Certificates

  1. Performance records from the breed association and a copy of the registration certificate for each bull are due by December 1, 2016.
  2. Performance records shall contain the adjusted 205-day weight as calculated by the breed association, as well as EPD's for the following: Birth Weight, Weaning Weight, Yearling Weight and Maternal Milk.
  3. All bulls entered into the test must be participating in their breeds' performance record program and all performance data must come from the association.
  4. Sellers are responsible for transferring registration papers after the sale.

15. Genetic Testing

  1. Angus bulls or composite bulls with Angus breeding in its pedigree that are potential carriers of the AM (Arthrogryposis multiplex), NH (Neuropathic hydrocephalus), or CA (Contractural Arachnodactyly) genes must have samples collected for testing prior to arrival at the test.
  2. Verification of test results must be turned in by December 1, 2016.
  3. Any carriers of the defects AM, NH, or CA are ineligible to sell in the Snake River Bull Test Sale.
  4. Potential carriers of the defect DD are eligible for the sale.

16. Schedule

  1. Tentative management schedule
  2. The official test will begin October 16, 2016, and end February 5, 2017.
  3. The Snake River Bull Test Sale is set for March 3, 2017.
  4. Bulls not to be sold through the Snake River Bull Test Sale may be picked up February 13-14.

17. Sale

  1. Snake River Bull Test will conduct a sale at the end of the test.
  2. The number of sale lots assigned to each breed will be according to the percentage of the test represented by each particular breed.
  3. All sale bulls must pass the breeding soundness exam and sifting criteria.
  4. A minimum of 100 bulls will be offered for sale at the annual Snake River Bull Test Sale.
  5. If an owner does not want a qualified bull to sell the owner must inform test management in writing by February 15, 2017.
  6. Sale consignors may be asked to assist with delivery of bulls to their home area if bull buyers request delivery. Consignors will be charged $25 per bull sold to cover delivery expenses, and will be reimbursed $25 per bull delivered by them
  7. Bulls removed from the test station prior to the Snake River Bull Test Sale will automatically become ineligible for the sale and cannot be returned to the feedlot.
  8. Sale terms will be those recommended by the American Angus Association.

18. Costs

  1. A non-refundable entry fee of $75.00 per bull ($50 for previous-year consignors) is due with each application.
  2. The following is an example of the estimated costs per bull:
    Entry Fee $75
    Feed, Yardage, Management ($4.00 per head per day) ~600
    Ultrasound 25
    Worming 10
    Fitting 40
    Breeding Soundness Exam 75
    Advertising (per bull in sale) 175
    Veterinary Medicine as Required
    Sale Marketing Commission 10-12%
    Optional photo & video $50 per bull
    Optional DNA testing at Cost
  3. Payments for feed and other expenses will be due in three increments:
    • $250 at receiving
    • $250 on January 1, 2016
    • $270 (or remaining balance) at conclusion of the test
  4. Checks for feed, entry fees, and other costs shall be made payable to
    Snake River Bull Test LLC, PO Box 6133, Twin Falls, ID 83303.
  5. Feed bills not paid within 30 days of the due date will be charged an interest rate established by test management similar to current consumer interest rates.
  6. No bulls may be removed from the test station until all outstanding bills are paid.

19. Liability

  1. Liability for cattle on test is not assumed by Snake River Bull Test LLC, Jerome County Fair, or their agents/personnel.