Cattlemen interested in buying a performance tested bull should attend the Illinois Performance Tested (IPT) Bull Sale at 11 a.m. Feb. 20 in the Livestock Center on the Illinois State Fairgrounds, Springfield.
Of the 56 bulls cataloged, 24 are longer-aged 2018 mature bulls and 32 are yearlings. Available breeds include 29 Angus, 19 Simmental and SimAngus, and eight polled Hereford.
This marks the 52nd annual sale with 4,788 bulls valued at more than $8.8 million sold in previous sales, according to Travis Meteer, IPT bull sale manager. The sale order will be based on a Power Score system that uses the economic indexes provided by the breed associations. The Power Score will be calculated on the “percentile rank” for these values. The economic indexes are $W and $B for Angus, API and TI for Simmental, and BMI and CHB for Hereford.
Along with strict requirements for superior expected progeny differences (EPDs), bulls must meet some of the industry’s most rigorous requirements. “These bulls don’t just have to pass the test, they have to pass every test,” Meteer said.
All of the bulls must meet a stringent minimum scrotal circumference for their age. Mothers of the bull are required to test negative for Johne’s disease or come from a Level 1 or higher herd of the Voluntary Johne’s Certification Program. Bulls also must be tested free for bovine viral diarrhea (BVD) using the Persistently Infected (PI) ear notch screening system. All senior and January yearlings must be fertility tested. All bulls must meet weight, frame and functional soundness evaluations prior to the sale.
The sale is supported by University of Illinois Extension, U of I Animal Science Department, Illinois Angus Association, Illinois Simmental Association, Vita-Ferm, Boehringer-Ingleheim, Zoetis 50K and ABS.
For more information on the sale or bulls consigned, contact Meteer at 217-430-7030 or firstname.lastname@example.org.