The Illinois Performance Tested Bull Sale was the lead-off event of the 2013 Illinois Beef Expo held on Feb. 21 at the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield. The sale had the third highest overall average in its 45-year history at $2,861 on 67 lots.
"This sale has developed into one of the best sources for total performance genetics in the Midwest," says Travis Meteer, IPT sale manager. "During the past 45 years, the sale has sold 4,525 bulls valued at over 7.7 million dollars."
There were three breeds represented in the 2013 sale: Angus, Simmental, and Polled Hereford. Meteer says a yearling Angus bull set a new IPT Bull Sale record, selling for $10,000. The bull, Kramers New Standard 224, was sold by Marvin Kramer of Farina to Harry Miller of Mossville.
University of Illinois Extension, the U of I Department of Animal Sciences, and consigning breeders sponsored the sale. Vita-Ferm, the ABS Illinois Angus Association, and the Illinois Simmental Association provided industry support.
Producers interested in viewing a breakdown of all the prices can visit the IPT Bull Sale website at www.IPTBullSale.com. The individual bull prices from the 2013 sale and the numbers and averages from the previous 44 sales are also available on this site.
Seed-stock breeders interested in consigning to the 2014 IPT Bull Sale should contact Travis Meteer at 217-823-1340 or firstname.lastname@example.org to request a copy of the rules and regulations and a nomination form. The deadline for nominations for the 2014 sale is Dec. 15, 2013.