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.
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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.
With the bulls already on video, the sale had to take place despite bad weather or changes in pandemic protocols.
“It went really well behind the scenes,” said Justin Lewis, the college’s judging team coach. “Moving forward, I think the videos for sales will continue. It makes our job easier and safer for livestock and people.
Longtime Adams County Community College instructor Mike Tenhouse agreed to add ease with the videos. He took college students to the bull sale and beef show for about 20 years.
The Junior Cattle Skills Marathon and Junior Cattle Judging Trials give hundreds of youngsters the opportunity to test their knowledge at the show, St. Peters added.
About 750 people attend the youth events, said St. Peters, who just completed his first year as IBA executive vice president. The aspect of youth development is one of the efforts of the IBA that he is most proud of, he said.
Hudson’s Paige Lemenager has been named the winner of the 2021 IBA Points Show program. The program rewards youngsters for their success in the show ring at sanctioned cattle shows across the state.
The first three winners of the Heifer Points Show Program were Lemenager; Gracyn Welsh of Blandinsville; and Grace Lemenager of Fairbury, Illinois.
The first three winners of the Steer Points Show program were Kashen Ellerbrock of Atkinson; Morgan Huls of St. Joseph and Brody Ingram of Winchester.
When 15 breed champions vied for the title of Grand Champion Heifer at the Illinois show, Reece Thoreson of Knoxville, Iowa led his heifer Angus to the Ring A banner, for state competitors and from the outside. Claire Dorsey de Moro led her Percentage Simmental heifer to the Ring B banner among state exhibitors only.
The Percentage Simmental heifer shown by Wade Spencer of Logan, Iowa was selected Reserve Grand Champion heifer in Ring A.
The Angus heifer shown by Paige Lemenager of Hudson was selected as Reserve Grand Champion Heifer in Ring B.
Among the 10 breed champions vying for the title of Grand Champion Market Animal, Kade Gensini of Hennepin led his crossbred steer to the banner in both rings.
The crossbred steer shown by George Sinclair of Williamsburg, Iowa, was selected as the Reserve Grand Champion Steer in Ring A, from in-state and out-of-state exhibitors. The crossbred steer shown by Adam Miller of Gridley has been selected as the Reserve Grand Champion Steer in Ring B.