URBANA - It's not too early to begin identifying bulls for consignment to the 2009 Illinois Performance Tested (IPT) Bull Sale, said a University of Illinois Extension animal systems educator.
"Some changes have been instituted for the 2009 sale which will be held Feb. 19 at the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield," said Dave Seibert, who also manages the show. "The 2009 sale will maintain the same six trait power scores with equal emphasis on EPDs for birth weight, weaning weight, yearling weight, maternal milk, percent intramuscular fat, and rib eye area.
"However, the maximum power score at the time of cataloging will be lowered to 55 in 2009 and 50 in 2011."
There will also be changes in some other areas as well. A copy of the rules and regulations for the sale can be obtained by contacting Seibert at 727 Sabrina Drive, East Peoria, IL 61611, (309) 694-7501 ext. 224, e-mail: email@example.com .
Nomination deadlines and fees are three-tiered: Nov. 15, $75; Dec. 1, $100; and Dec. 15, $125.