URBANA, Ill. — The Illinois Performance Tested (IPT) Bull Sale kicked off the 2019 Illinois Beef Expo, held Feb. 21 at the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield. The sale averaged $3,757 on 48 lots.
“The IPT sale continues to be one of the best sources for total performance genetics in the Midwest,” said Travis Meteer, IPT sale manager. “During the past 51 years, the sale has sold 4,788 bulls valued at over 8.8 million dollars.”
There were three breeds represented in the 2019 sale: Angus, Simmental, and Polled Hereford. Meteer said a senior Simmental bull was the top seller, selling for $7,500. The bull, HHS Power House 868E, was sold by Haven Hill Simmentals to Hildebrand Cattle. The second-highest-selling Simmental bull was also consigned by Haven Hill Simmentals, and he sold for $5,800. Rincker Simmentals consigned the third-highest-selling Simmental at $5,400.
The top selling and highest-indexing Angus bull was consigned by Hobbs Angus. He sold for $6,300 to Melvin Seivers of Staunton. The second-highest seller in the Angus division was the second-highest-indexing Angus bull, also consigned by Hobbs Angus. He sold for $5,200.
There were three Hereford bulls that left the ring at a price of $4,000. Rabideau Polled Herefords, Sturdy Herefords, and Biggs Polled Herefords consigned the top-sellers.
University of Illinois Extension and the Department of Animal Sciences sponsored the sale, along with consigning breeders. Vita-Ferm, ABS, Boehringer-Ingelheim, Zoetis 50K, Illinois Angus Association, and Illinois Simmental Association provided industry support, Meteer said.
Producers interested in viewing a breakdown of all the prices can visit the IPT Bull Sale website at www.IPTBullSale.com. Also included on this site are the individual bull prices from the 2019 sale and the numbers and averages from the previous 50 sales.
Seedstock breeders interested in consigning to the 2020 IPT Bull Sale should contact Travis Meteer at 217-430-7030 or firstname.lastname@example.org to request a copy of the rules and regulation and nomination form. Nominations need to be made by Dec.15, 2019, for the 2020 sale.
— Travis Meteer, University of Illinois
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