URBANA, Ill. — Seedstock breeders should be identifying bulls for consignment at the 2015 Illinois Performance Tested Bull Sale, said Travis Meteer, sale manager and University of Illinois Extension beef specialist.

The sale, scheduled for Feb. 19, is the leadoff event for the annual Illinois Beef Expo, held at the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield.

Meteer said the sale accepts older, as well as younger, bulls with a birth date range from Jan. 1, 2013, through March 2014.

“A successful 2014 sale included the highest sale average in sale history,” he said. “The bulls in the 2014 sale were extremely high-quality bulls with a good performance pedigree.

“Bull buyers are seeking cattle that not only look the part, but more important have (Expected Progeny Differences) that will yield profitable progeny — that is what the IPT Bull Sale provides.”

The sale continues to expand its market through the use of an online bidding service.

Multi-trait economic selection indexes will be the foundation for determining qualification and sale order.

Meteer explained that the sale policy regarding genetic conditions is similar to last year.

The number of bulls that breeders are eligible to sell in the 2015 sale will be eight, with two of these bulls not requiring a nomination fee.

However, consignors selling more than six bulls will require that they index above the average for their breed at cataloging. Also, first-time consignors are limited to nominating two bulls.

Nomination deadline and fees are three tiered with the following dates and costs: Nov. 15, $75; Dec. 1, $100; and Dec. 15, $125.

A copy of the rules and regulations and nomination form along with the past sale information is posted online at www.IPTBullSale.com.

Rules and regulation information also can be obtained by contacting Meteer at 217-430-7030 or wmeteer2@illinois.edu.