MACOMB, Ill. — Entries are being accepted for the annual Western Illinois University School of Agriculture’s Bull Test Program.

Entries for the 112-day test are open to any breed and due by Aug. 31. However, Samantha Cunningham, assistant professor in the School of Ag, noted bulls must be weaned and started on a preconditioning program no later than Aug. 15.

“The WIU Bull Test Program offers breeders the opportunity to compare their bulls against bulls from other breeders when fed and managed in the same environment,” she explained.

“Our last six sales have posted record averages and totals. Many bulls sell to repeat buyers, which is a testament to the program’s success and the buyers’ satisfaction. We’ve also worked hard at controlling costs in these difficult times and hope to improve on this, as well.”

The program evaluates the performance of bulls in a common environment and provides information on scrotal circumference, pelvic area, rib eye area, fat depth and marbling. The bulls also are indexed, so the breeder gets a substantial amount of information in a situation that provides an unbiased comparison.

At the conclusion of the test, a sale of the top bulls will be held March 13.

“The sale offers proven genetics to the industry,” Cunningham said

For more information, contact Cunningham at 309-298-1288 or 979-220-5681 or the WIU School of Agriculture office at 309-298-1080. More information also is available at www.wiu.edu/bulltest.