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43rd Annual Sale • March 12, 2015

The 41st annual Western Illinois University Performance Bull Sale posted new records for individual animal sale price. Lot 53 a purebred Gelbvieh consigned by Fecht Gelbvieh of Carthage sold for $7000 and Lot 2, the top indexing and top selling composite Simmental-Angus from Bill Washburn of Olney brought $6000. Both were new records for individual animals. Forty-four buyers from Illinois, Missouri and Iowa took home 60 high-quality, high performance bulls for an average price of $2781. The top 20 bulls averaged $4153. Repeat buyers again accounted for a high percentage of the buyers, gross dollars, and bulls selling; attesting to the success cow men and women are achieving with bulls out of this sale.

The tenth Merial SureHealth bull sale was held at the Western Illinois University Livestock Center in Macomb on March 15. Monte Lowderman of the Lowderman Auction Service, kept the crowd engaged with a lively, fast paced sale.

The top indexing bull over all breeds and top indexing Angus consigned by Bill Wyffels of Geneseo sold for $4000. This bull set a record for the all time top marbling ratio bull in any WIU Performance test with an IMF ratio of 211. Top selling Angus was Lot 308 consigned by Tony Griffin of Monroe City, MO bringing $4700.

Topping the Simmental consignments at $4200 was the top indexing Simmental, a son of SVF/NJC Built Right N48 from Rincker Simmentals of Shelbyville.

The top indexing and top selling Red Angus bringing $3500 was consigned by Claussen's Red Angus, Bettendorf, Iowa.

Breeders are encouraged to enter their top bull prospects next year as we hope to continue building upon the reputation of the WIU tested bull sale as a source of top quality performance-tested genetics. For more information on entering a bull in the 2013-2014 test, contact the School of Agriculture, Western Illinois University, Macomb, IL 61455 at 309-298-1080. Information on next year's test will also be available in June on the test station's web site at

2014-2015 Calendar

  • August 2: 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 20: Scan Bulls
  • February 7: Bull Test Open House during Farm Expo @ Bull Test Facility (Time TBD)
  • February 9 & 10: Complete Test 112-Days
  • March 13:
    • Advisory Meeting prior to the sale (time TBD)
    • 43rd 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.

2014-2015 Documents

  • Application Packet (pdf)
    (Includes entry letter, entry form, veterinarian sheet, agreement form, and health protocol form)
  • Sales Catalog (to be posted when available)

2014-2015 Test Reports


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