Getting Ready for 2008 IPT Bull Sale

URBANA - Purebred breeders are urged to start identifying bulls they plan to consign to the 2008 Illinois Performance Tested (IPT) Bull Sale that will lead off Illinois Beef Expo Feb. 21 at the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield.
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"The major changes for the 2008 sale are that all bulls must be tested for Bovine Viral Diarrhea (BVD) using the Persistently Infected (PI) ear notch screening system," explained Dave Seibert, University of Illinois Extension animal systems educator based in East Peoria who organizes and manages the sale. "Also, all Breeding Sounding Evaluation (BSE) must be conducted by a veterinarian."

Seibert also reminded Angus breeders to be aware that as required in the 2007 sale, "all Angus bulls must have ultrasound body composition images collected by field technicians certified by the Ultrasound Guidelines Council (UGC), with images processed by ultrasound technicians through the National CUP Laboratory prior to arriving at the 2008 sale."

The sale accepts older as well as yearling bulls with the birth date range from Jan. 1, 2006 through March 2007.

Breeders can consign eight bulls to the 2008 sale with two of the bulls not requiring a nomination fee. However, consigners selling more than six bulls will need to show that the animals index above the average for their breed. First-time consigners are still limited to nominating two bulls.

Nomination deadlines and fees are three-tiered with the following dates and costs: Nov. 15, $75; Dec. 1, $100; Dec. 15, $125.

A copy of the rules and regulations for the sale can be obtained from Seibert at 727 Sabrina Drive, East Peoria, IL 61611, (309) 694-7501, e-mail [email protected] .

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