2018 Beef Expo

Judges John McCurry and Ryan Rathmann evaluate all the breed Champions from the Junior Heifer Show for the selection of Supreme Champion. Tucker Bayer of Ringle, Wis., earned Champion female with his Angus heifer.

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Minnesota Beef Expo continues to grow and be a success for beef producers in the Midwest. One judge even commented that the quality of the show rivals that of national stock shows.

“We ended up again this year with right at 900 head shown in our Junior Show on Saturday and Sunday,” said Kent Thiesse, Junior Show coordinator.

In previous years, all but the Market Beef Division, roughly 30 head, would have been shown on Sunday. For 2018, to ease the Sunday time issue, the schedule was rearranged so the Prospect Calf and Market Beef Divisions were shown on Saturday, while Sunday was the Junior Heifer Show.

“All of that went quite smooth this year and at the end, we were able to complete the show by midafternoon on Sunday and get everybody on their way home,” said Thiesse.

The Junior Heifer Show ended with all the Breed Champion and Reserve Champion females coming back into the ring for the Supreme Champion.

Tucker Bayer of Ringle, Wis., earned Champion female with his Angus heifer. Tucker also earned Reserve Champion female with his Simmental heifer. Taking third overall female was Hunter Aggen of Harmony, Minn., with a Foundation Simmental, fourth was Sydney Zehnder of Stanchfield, Minn., with a Red Angus and fifth overall female went to Tanner Curtin of Oxford, Iowa, with a Maine Anjou.

The Supreme Champion and Reserve Champion Prospects were both crossbred steers. The Champion was exhibited by Kole Lorentz from Woodville, Wis., and Reserve was shown by Dalton Smith of Charter Oak, Iowa. Third overall was the all Other Breeds Division winner, Paul Loosen of Hartford, Wis. Fourth and fifth overall went to prospect heifers shown by Chloe Uhlenhake of Burlington, Wis., and Abi Henderson of Adel, Iowa.

In the Market Beef Show, Bella Langrehr of Sparta, Wis., took Champion and Reagan Jansen of Hull, Iowa, was reserve.

“They had just over 100 head of cattle on the sale,” he said. “As is typical, about two-thirds of those ended up getting shown either on Saturday during the Prospect Show or Sunday during the Breeding Heifer Show.”

The Beef Expo is more than just a cattle show and sale. There are many activities for Junior members to participate in.

In the Knowledge Bowl competition, teams from Sibley County dominated, winning Junior and Intermediate levels. The Senior Division ended in a tie between teams Sibley A, Caleb Scharpe, Jennifer Willegal, Joey Mueller and Sophie Klehr, and team Sibley B, Baleigh Peterson, Connor Johnson, Jordan Mueller and Cody Sievert.

There was also judging and fitting contests. Results of those contests, as well as complete show results can be found at the Minnesota Beef Expo website, www.mnbeefexpo.com/2018-results-jr.html.

“We rely a lot on volunteers for putting on the Junior Show, for serving the meals, for a lot of the support work with the MYBEP and certainly for the Minnesota Beef Council’s role with the Minnesota Beef Ambassadors contest,” said Thiesse.

Each year, the Expo has a “feature breed.” That breed, while receiving recognition throughout the event, is charged with finding volunteers to help with the various events during the Expo.

“The feature breed this year was the Minnesota Shorthorn Association,” commented Thiesse. “In addition to supplying numerous volunteers throughout the four days, they provided some financial support for ‘The Grab and Go dinner,’” he said. “I would give high kudos to the Minnesota Shorthorn Association, as they went over and above their role and responsibilities.”