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Pictured is the top-selling bull in the 39th Annual Western Illinois University Performance Bull Sale held by the School of Agriculture March 18, 2011, at the WIU Livestock Center near the WIU-Macomb campus. This bull, DAF Pin Stripes X38, was consigned to the test by Diamond A Farms and brought $4,750 at this year's sale. Detailed sale results are available at Photo Credit: Darcie Rahe, junior at Western Illinois University (major: animal science; minor: photography)
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Record Sales for School of Ag's 39th Annual Bull Sale

March 29, 2011

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MACOMB, IL -- The 39th Annual Western Illinois University Performance Bull Sale, held on Friday, March 18 at the WIU Livestock Center, posted records for both sale average and gross sales. According to Ken Nimrick, associate professor in Western's School of Agriculture, 37 buyers from Illinois, Iowa and Missouri took home "60 rugged, thick-made, high-performance bulls at a record average price of $2,484."

Nimrick added, "The top 20 bulls averaged $3,460. Repeat buyers accounted for 73 percent of the buyers, gross dollars and bulls selling, which attests to the success cow men and women are achieving with bulls out of this sale."

Nimrick said the top-selling bull and "indexing composite, DAF Pin Stripes X38, brought $4,750." He noted that more detailed results are available at (click on "Sale Results" and/or "Detailed Sale Report").

"Breeders are encouraged to enter their top bull prospects in the next test, as we hope to continue building upon the reputation of the WIU tested bull sale as a source of top quality performance-tested genetics," Nimrick added. "Information on the next test will also be available in June on the test station's website at"

For more information about entering a bull, contact the WIU School of Agriculture at (309) 298-1080.

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