What is the WIU Performance Tested Bull Sale?
This year will be the 45th production bull sale hosted by WIU. This sale provides commercial producers with an opportunity to look at high performing bulls. Producers from several different states bring their bulls to WIU in order to participate in the performance test. Thirty-one different producers supply WIU with several different breeds and types of bulls. The bulls are tested on feed efficiency, reproductive soundness, and growth to name a few. WIU provides a non-biased uniform setting for all bulls.
Monte Lowderman, alumni, auctioneer, and avid cattleman states his opinion and explanation of the bull sale, “I’m proud to say that I have been associated with the WIU Bull test for the past 31 years. I have personally seen this sale grow to become one of the well-respected performance bull tests within the Midwest.”
Why buy a bull from the WIU bull test?
You aren’t just buying a bull, you are also providing students with the opportunity to experience all aspects of running a production sale. Students are involved in almost all elements of the bull sale.
The moment that the bulls arrive at the WIU farm they are unloaded by WIU students and staff. From that moment on students are involved with every aspect of preparing the bulls for the sale. Students help with every day maintenance and feeding.
Several animal science classes are involved with collecting data, helping prep, picture, video, and describe the bulls in order to create both a catalog and an online video catalog. Bulls on test must be weighed every 28 days and that weight must be recorded in order to obtain daily gain. Daily rate of gain is not the only measurable trait that WIU records. Students also help to measure frame scores, pelvic area, ribeye area, and intramuscular fat.
Another element that students are involved in is promoting and advertising the sale. For the first time this year students were in charge of a bull sale booth at the Ag Mech Show. For the display booth students had to design a banner, poster, and a slideshow presentation.
Students put in a lot of work before the sale, but the day of the sale numerous students show up to help the sale run smoothly. The day and night of the sale there is so much that has to be done. Students help bring bulls to and from the sale ring, work the sale ring, run sale tickets, and load bulls after the sale. Others are around to help answer any questions consignors or perspective buyers may have.
The bull sale is a great opportunity for consignor, buyers, and WIU students. Students are able to be involved with the bull sale in so many different ways. The bull sale provides them with real life experiences that could potentially help with future endeavors.
Interested in viewing or purchasing a bull?
Join us for the sale. Sale takes place on Friday March 10th, at 7 PM. Sale location is at the WIU Livestock Center 2265 Wigwam Hollow Road Macomb, IL.
Not able to make it to Macomb on March 10th?
My name is Madison Corzatt and I am from Roseville, Illinois. I am a junior at Western Illinois University, and currently working towards a degree in Ag Business and a minor in Animal Science. I grew up on a commercial cattle and row crop farm, where my passion for agriculture developed.