WIU 42nd Annual Performance Tested Bull Sale Sets Record High Average
May 15, 2014
MACOMB, IL — The Western Illinois University 42nd annual Performance Tested Bull Sale, held March 14 at the WIU Livestock Center, posted a record sale average, according to WIU School of Agriculture Assistant Professor of Animal Science Samantha Cunningham.
"Buyers from Illinois, Iowa and Missouri took home 57 high-quality, high-performance bulls for an average price of $3,271. The sale was strong all of the way through, as the highest selling bull was lot 24, a Simmental bull, selling for $6,000 and consigned by Washburn Simmental and Angus of Olney (IL)," she said.
Cunningham noted the top overall indexing bull was also the top indexing Angus bull consigned by Neubauer Farms of Atlanta (IL), which sold for $5,000.
"The top indexing Simmental sold for $4,400 and was consigned by Shamrock Farms of Jacksonville (IL), and Neubauer Farms also consigned the top indexing SimAngus bull that sold for $4,300," she explained. "The high selling Angus bull was also the highest indexing consignment by Neubauer Farms. The high selling Simmental consignment was the overall top selling bull from Washburn Simmental and Angus. Topping the SimAngus consignments was a bull from Rincker Simmentals of Shelbyville (IL), which sold for $5,300. The lone Red Angus entry in the sale was from Claussen's Simmental and Red Angus of Bettendorf (IA) and sold for $2,900."
According to Cunningham, breeders are encouraged to enter their top bull prospects next year.
"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," she added.
The 2014 Bull Sale was conducted by Monte Lowderman of Lowderman Auction Company (Macomb).
For more information on entering the 2014-15 test, contact the WIU School of Agriculture at (309) 298-1080. Information about next year's test is available at www.wiu.edu/cbt/agriculture/animal-research/bull_test/index.php.