The Hancock-Henderson Quill, Inc.
by Dessa Rodeffer, Quill Publisher/Owner
A popular annual bull sale to be held in Macomb this Friday, March 10, at Western Illinois University is being dedicated to the memory of a rural Stronghurst man.
The late Dr. Kenneth Nimrick who died suddenly on August 20, 2016, was a part of Western Illinois University's Department of Ag's rich tradition of providing quality performance tested breeding stock. WIU Ag officials said, the testing program has grown to national prominence.
A tribute to Ken Nimrick who kept the tradition alive as a past manager of the program, is on the inside cover of the program.
The Ag Department s dedicates the WIU 45th Performance Tested Bull Sale to Dr. Nimrick s enthusiasm, dedication, and leadership of the WIU Bull Testing Program and the Beef Industry.
Ken Nimrick was a member of the WIU School of Agriculture from 1998-2012, and was manager of the Bull-Testing Program from 2003-2012.
Ken was also very active in establishing Forage Management programs in the region.
He will always be remembered for his positive attitude, strong work ethic, leadership, and ability to interact with students.
The tribute says that Dr. Nimrick initiated the 2016-17 Bull Testing Program but passed away in August 2016, and Friday's (March 10) sale is the culmination of the work he had begun.
Dr. Nimrick s wife Sara (Allison) Nimrick will be present at the sale which is to begin at 7:00 p.m. Friday at the WIU Livestock Center in Macomb.
According to John Carlson, professor emeritus and Bull Test Station director, 50 bulls will be sold Friday. Breeds represented are Angus, Simmental, Hereford, Red Angus, Simmental fractionals and a Charolais fractional.
All bulls recently completed a 112-day test period and a breeding soundness exam, and will be ready to go, noted Carlson.