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Welcome to the Bull Test

44th Annual Sale • Friday, March 11, 2016

7 p.m. at the WIU Livestock Center in Macomb, IL

Selling Lots • Angus • Simmental • Sim-Angus • Red Angus


For additional information or catalog requests, please contact the following:

  • Dr. Samantha Cunningham
    (979) 220-5681 or (309) 298-1288
  • Monte Lowderman
    (309) 833-5543
  • Delson Wilcoxen
    (309) 338-1724
  • WIU School of Agriculture
    (309) 298-1080

2015 Bull Sale Recap

The 43rd annual Western Illinois University Performance Tested Bull Sale, held on March 13, 2015 at the Western Illinois University Livestock Center, posted a record sale average. Not only did this year's sale post a record high average, but the record high individual price was also broken twice before the sale was over. Buyers from Illinois, Iowa, Indiana and Missouri took home 56 high-quality, high performing bulls for an average price of $3,851. The highest selling bull was a  percentage simmental bull, selling for $8,000 and consigned by Washburn Simmental and Angus, Olney, IL.

This year’s sale was sold by Monte Lowderman of Lowderman Auction Company, Macomb, Illinois.

The top overall indexing bull was also the top indexing Angus bull consigned by Gall's Angus Farm of Odell, Illinois that sold for $4,300. The top indexing Simmental, Lot 7, sold for $7,600 and was consigned by Sunnyview Farms/Darin Smith of Alexander, Illinois. Washburn Simmental and Angus also consigned the top indexing Percentage Simmental bull that sold for $6,100.

The high selling Angus bull, Lot  2, was also the highest indexing consignment from K-Sha-K Farms, Milan, IL. The high selling Simmental consignment was the top indexing Simmental bull from Sunnyview Farms/Darin Smith. Topping the Percentage Simmental consignments was the overall high selling lot from Washburn Simmental and Angus. The lone Red Angus entry in the sale was from Claussen’s Simmental and Red Angus of Bettendorf, Iowa and sold for $2,800.

Breeders are encouraged to enter their top bull prospects next year as we hope to continue building upon the reputation of the WIU Performance Bull Test and Sale as a source of Top-quality, performance-tested genetics.

2015-2016 Calendar

  • June 29: Mail Test Information to Breeders
  • August 1: Last Day for First Vaccinations
  • August 15: Last Weaning Date and Booster Vaccinations
  • August 31: Entries Due
  • September 29 & 30: Deliver Bulls
  • October 20 & 21: Start Test
  • November 17: 28 Day Weights
  • December 15: 56 Day Weights
  • January 12: 84 Day Weights
  • January 19: Scan Bulls (tentative)
  • February 6: Open House at Bull Test facility during WIU Farm Expo
  • February 9 & 10: Complete Test 112-Days
  • March 11:
    • 44th Annual Sale @ WIU Livestock Center @ 7pm


1 mile west of Highway 67 on Tower Road, Macomb, Illinois, 61455

From the north: come into Macomb on Hwy. 67. At the north edge of Macomb, just before you get to the city, turn right (west) onto Tower Road at the sign that points the direction to the WIU Livestock Center and WIU golf course. Go one mile west and the WIU Livestock Center is on your left.

From the west: come into Macomb on Hwy. 136 and turn left (north) onto Wigwam Hollow road at the first stop light (there’s a Casey’s at that turn). Follow Wigwam Hollow Road north through two curves and you’ll be at the WIU Livestock Center.

From the east and south: come into Macomb on either Hwy. 136 or 67 (they join at the east edge of Macomb and become Jackson St.), and follow Jackson through Macomb until Highway 67 splits to the north. Go on Hwy. 67 to Tower Road at the very north edge of Macomb. Turn left (west) at the sign that points the direction to the WIU Livestock Center and WIU golf course and go one mile to the WIU Livestock Center, on your left.

2015-2016 Documents


Samantha Cunningham, Assistant Professor of Animal Science/Beef Evaluation Station

Office: Knoblauch Hall B12
Office Phone: (309) 298-1288
Optional Phone: (979) 220-5681

Andrew Baker, Director - School of Agriculture

Office: Knoblauch Hall 145
Phone: (309) 298-1080

Lowderman Auction Service

Phone: (309) 833-5500