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Photos of bulls in the WIU School of Agriculture's 43rd annual Performance Tested Bull Sale. Information about the WIU School of Agriculture's Bull Test can be found online at wiu.edu/cbt/agriculture/bull_test.
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Results of the 2015 Western Illinois University Performance Tested Bull Sale, which was held March 13 at the WIU Livestock Center. Breeders are encouraged to enter their top bull prospects in the WIU School of Agriculture's 2015-16 Bull Test.
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43rd Annual WIU Performance Tested Bull Sale Sets Record High Average; Breeders Encouraged to Enter 2015-16 Test

July 7, 2015


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MACOMB, IL — Last March, the 43rd annual Western Illinois University Performance Tested Bull Sale at the Western Illinois University Livestock Center posted a record sale average. According to WIU School of Agriculture Assistant Professor of Animal Science Samantha Cunningham, not only did the 2015 sale (held March 13) post a record high average, but the record high individual price was also broken twice before the sale was over.

Cunningham noted that breeders are encouraged to enter their top bull prospects for the 2015-16 test. Entry information is available at www.wiu.edu/cbt/agriculture/animal-research/bull_test/index.php.

"Buyers from Illinois, Iowa, Indiana and Missouri took home 56 high-quality, high-performing bulls for an average price of $3,851," she noted. "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 auctioneered 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, IL, which sold for $4,300. The top indexing Simmental (Lot 7) sold for $7,600 and was consigned by Sunnyview Farms/Darin Smith of Alexander, IL. Washburn Simmental and Angus also consigned the top indexing percentage Simmental bull (Lot 6), which sold for $6,100," Cunningham explained. "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, and 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, IA, and sold for $2,800," she said.

"We hope to continue building on the reputation of the WIU Performance Bull Test and Sale as a source of top-quality, performance-tested genetics," Cunningham added.

Bulls eligible for the 2015-16 need to be weaned by August 15, 2015. For more information about entering the 2015-16 test, contact the Western Illinois University School of Agriculture at (309) 298-1080 or Cunningham at S-Cunningham@wiu.edu or (979) 220-5681.

Information about the WIU School of Agriculture's Bull Test can also be found online at wiu.edu/cbt/agriculture/bull_test.

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