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
The sale, scheduled for Feb. 19, is the leadoff event for
the annual Illinois Beef Expo, held at the Illinois State Fairgrounds in
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.