SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – The caliber of Illinois beef and being together in person was celebrated at the 2022 Illinois Beef Expo at the Illinois State Fairgrounds Feb. 24-27.
As tradition dictates, the Illinois Performance Tested Bull Sale kicked off opening day. Sales averaged $4,372 across 46 lots.
“It was an outstanding set of bulls,” said Josh St. Peters, executive vice president of the Illinois Beef Association.
“This sale continues to be one of the best sources of total performance genetics in the Midwest,” said IPT Sales Manager Travis Meteer. “Over the past 54 years, the sale has sold 4,905 bulls worth over $9 million.”
The top selling bull this year was a yearling Angus bull that sold for $8,500. MG Monumental 4J was sold by Murphey’s Genetics LLP, Illiopolis, Illinois, to Lukach Cattle Company, Streator, Illinois.
The second highest was $7,000. Two bulls commanded this price. Keith and Brady Kramer, of Farina, Illinois, shipped Kramer Farms Monumental 007, sold to Thomas Downey of Putnam, Illinois. Callan Farms shipped CF Advance 720F-93J sold to Joe Hampton, Windsor, Illinois.
The total IPT Bull sale this year was $201,150. It’s a multi-breed sale that features both older bulls and yearlings.
Among those assisting Meteer on the day of the show were seven members of the John Wood Community College judging team. This year the bulls were filmed at home in advance and were also available to view at the fairgrounds.