New records were set at Tuesday evening's Sale of Champions at the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield.
The champion steer, exhibited by A.J. Line of Seaton, was purchased for a record-setting $52,000 by AT&T. The champion barrow, exhibited by Trey Fecke of Bonfield, sold for a record high $24,500. The champion wether, shown by Caleb Whitcomb of Greenview, sold for a new record high of $17,200.
Other champions at the sale also brought good totals with the champion meat goat wether selling for $3,000 and the champion poultry meat pen going for $5,500.
Earlier in the day, Governor Pat Quinn signed legislation to rename the Illinois Department of Agriculture (IDOA) building in Springfield after former U.S. Secretary of Agriculture John Block. President Ronald Reagan selected Block while he served as director of IDOA.
Ag leaders meet to discuss drought concerns at State Fairgrounds Tuesday.
The governor also signed legislation that was supported by Illinois Farm Bureau this year. Among the bills signed:
- HB 5539, which creates the Illinois Nutrient Research and Education council program
- HB 5515, which is designed to protect cattle pastures from damage caused by wildlife
- HB 5642 establishes fees on livestock producers that will help the Illinois EPA administer the NPDES program for large livestock feeding operations.
- HB 4598 is designed to increase traffic safety by requiring certain vehicles to display slow-moving vehicle emblems (SMV) before traveling on Illinois roadways.
In other news from Tuesday, Illinois Farm Bureau leaders, along with leaders from the state's major commodity groups, gathered Tuesday morning to discuss and coordinate drought assistance efforts to help Illinois farmers and livestock producers. Tuesday was Agriculture Day at the Illinois State Fair.