URBANA-The 38th annual Illinois Performance Tested Bull Sale, featuring 143 bulls, will be held at 11 a.m., Feb. 23 in the Livestock Center on the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield. The sale will kick-off the 19th Annual Illinois Beef Expo.
"Commercial cow-calf producers and seedstock breeders interested in improving the carcass and performance traits of their herd will want to attend the sale," said Dave Seibert, University of Illinois Extension animal systems educator based in East Peoria who serves as sale manager. "Since the IPT Sale was launched, 3,858 bulls valued at over $6 million have been sold.
"Bulls selling in the sale meet some of the most stringent requirements found in the United States. This is verified by the fact that only 522, approximately two-thirds of the 794 bulls nominated in the past five years, have made it into the sale."
Seibert also noted that the sale offers some of the most stringent health requirements in Illinois.
U of I Extension and the Department of Animal Sciences sponsor the sale along with purebred sponsors, Fort Dodge Animal Health, and the Illinois Angus Association.
A copy of the sale catalog can be viewed online at: http://www.traill.uiuc.edu/beefnet .
For a printed copy of the catalog or more information, contact Seibert at (309) 694-7501, extension 224 or be e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org .