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
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,”
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.