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Start Selecting 2024 Illinois Performance Tested Bulls

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Seedstock breeders should be identifying bulls they plan to consign to the 2024 Illinois Performance Tested (IPT) Bull Sale. The IPT Bull Sale is the leadoff event for the annual Illinois Beef Expo. The sale is scheduled for Thursday, February 22 at the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield. The sale accepts older as well as younger bulls, with a birth date range from January 1, 2022 through March 2023.

Multi-trait economic selection indexes will be the foundation for determining qualification and sale order. The sale order will be based off of the “% Rank” for a maternal and a terminal Dollar Value Index in each breed. The two indexes used have been included in the IPT Bull Sale catalog for several years and for the respective breeds are: Angus- $Combined ($C) which consists of $Beef ($B) and $Maternal ($M). Simmental- All Purpose Index (API), Terminal Index (TI); Hereford- Baldy Maternal Index (BMI), Certified Hereford Beef index (CHB). Bulls will also be required to have a calving ease EPD in the top 85th percentile.

The 2024 sale will be a live auction where bulls will be shown on video instead of ran through a sale ring. Halter broke and docile, non-halter broke bulls are allowed to be nominated in this new sale format. Non-halter broke cattle will be strictly screened for disposition. Bulls will need to have a high quality picture and video taken prior to the sale to participate in the sale. All bulls will be processed in Springfield and on display for buyer inspection.

The sale policy regarding genetic conditions is the same as in past years. All Angus and Simmental bulls will be required to be tested free or free by pedigree of of AM, NH, CA. Simmentals will also be required to be tested free of OS, PHA, and TH as well. Hereford bulls will be required to be free of IE and Hypotrichosis. The most up to date policy on genetic recessive traits can be found within the Rules, Regulations, and Nomination form list on the IPT Bull Sale website.

Health requirements continue to be a focus of the sale. Requirements remaining the same as the previous sale include the testing of all bulls for Bovine Viral Diarrhea (BVD) using the Persistently Infected (PI) ear notch screening system. Johne’s testing must occur on the bull’s dam or recipient dam or come from a herd that is Level 1 or higher for the Voluntary Johne’s Certification Program. All breeding soundness exams must be conducted by a veterinarian. All bulls over 24 months of age and bulls that have been exposed to cows will be required to be tested for trich. Virgin bulls under 24 months of age will need a certificate or written statement endorsed by the bull owner indicating he has not been exposed.

Consignors selling more than six bulls will require that they index above the average for their breed at cataloging. Also, first-time consignors are limited to nominating four bulls.

All bulls consigned to the 2024 sale will be required to have genomic-enhanced EPDs. This is easily accomplished by sending a tissue, blood, or hair sample into the breed-approved genetic testing lab. The sale will accept both low and high density tests to meet the requirement. The IPT Bull Sale is known for giving the bull buyer all necessary information to make positive herd progress. Genomic-enhanced EPDs are more accurate and predictable EPDs.  “We are reducing the risk on these bulls. The bulls selling can be trusted more now than ever to sire true to their values.” says Meteer.

Nomination deadline is December 1, 2023 with a nomination fee of $100 per bull. A copy of the Rules, Regulations and Nomination Form along with the past sale information is posted on the web at www.IPTBullSale.com The Rules and Regulation information can also be obtained by contacting Travis Meteer at (217)-430-7030 or wmeteer2@illinois.edu .