Exceptional carcass and performance traits available at 2011 IPT Bull Sale

URBANA – Commercial cow-calf producers and seedstock breeders interested in improving the performance and carcass traits of their herd need to attend the 2011 Illinois Performance Tested Bull Sale. The sale is leading off the 24th Annual Illinois Beef Expo.

The sale is scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 24, at 11 a.m., and will be held in the Livestock Center at the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield.

“This event will mark the 43rd annual sale,” said Dave Seibert, IPT Bull Sale Manager. “A total of 4,304 bulls valued at more than $7 million dollars have been sold at the past 42 sales.”

The superior performance of the bulls sold through this sale is verified by the superb weaning and yearling weights that include many adjusted weaning weights over 800 pounds, a few in the 900 pound range and a sale record high adjusted weaning weight of 1,012, Seibert said.

“Those weights are backed up by a number of weaning weight expected progeny differences (EPDs) that fall in the top 1 percentile of the breed,” he added. “There are similar adjusted yearling weights that are in the 1,300- and 1,400-pound range with a few in the 1,500-pound area for yearling weight. Likewise, the EPDs for yearling weight are equally as impressive.”

The bulls offered in the sale excel in many carcass traits such as marbling and ribeye area.

“Marbling EPDs in the .60, .70, and over .80 are exceptional and can be found in the Angus offering,” Seibert said. “As well, elite marbling EPD figures are being offered in the Simmental and Hereford breeds. Producers searching for additional muscling and cutability will want to evaluate the exceptional ribeye EPDs offered in the sale.”

Producers searching for figures that combine all the traits together can evaluate the “Multi-Trait Economic Selection Indexes” offered in each of the breeds. These indexes are expressed in dollar differences between progeny and could be the most valuable figures provided in the sale, he said. These traits will be listed as $Wean and $Beef Indexes for the Angus, All Purpose and Terminal Indexes for Simmental, and Baldy Material and Certified Beef Indexes for the Herefords. Many of the bulls offer Economic Value Indexes at the very top of their breed.

The order of sale will be determined by a six-trait Power Score system that utilizes the EPD traits of birth weight, weaning weight, yearling weight, maternal milk, marbling and ribeye area. The Power Score will be calculated for the bull sale based on the “Percentile Rank” for the six EPDs. Seibert said the scoring system is similar to golf with the lower scores being more genetically desirable.

The University of Illinois Extension and the U of I Animal Sciences Department, along with the consigning purebred breeders, will be sponsoring this sale. Vita Ferm, the Illinois Angus Association and the Illinois Simmental Association also serve as co-sponsors of this event.

For additional information about the sale or bulls consigned, contact Dave Seibert at 309-339-3694. The sale catalog is available as a hard copy or on the web at . A sale catalog can be obtained by contacting Seibert at 300 North Street, Washington, IL 61571 or by e-mailing a request to [email protected]