OCTOBER 17-20, 2019 Minnesota State Fairgrounds St. Paul, Minnesota



  • A heifer donated by an experienced cattle family, organization or individual.
  • Two straws of semen from Minnesota Select Sires
  • An Andis cattle clippers
  • A show stick
  • 100 pounds of Purina Show Chow from Purina Animal Nutrition LLC
  • This is subject to change




Requirements — Applicants must:

  • Be 12-16 years of age as of September 8, 2018
  • Be a 4-H, FFA or junior breed association member
  • Live in Minnesota, Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota or Wisconsin
  • Previous recipients of MYBEP heifers are ineligible to enter.


Criteria — Applicants must:

  • Demonstrates commitment to agriculture.
  • Defines clear future goals.
  • Demonstrates financial need.
  • Outlines ability to raise the animal in a proper setting.


Is there really a better way to learn about the beef industry then getting your hands dirty on your very own heifer? We don’t think so. That’s why the Minnesota Youth Beef Experience Program, commonly referred to as MYBEP, is one of the Expo programs that we are most proud of. Each year, cattle producers from across the region generously donate heifers to help young cattle enthusiasts get their feet wet in the beef business.


In 2015, we celebrated a huge milestone with our program's 100th heifer being awarded and in 2018, we are continuing the tradition and awarding heifers to deserving youth! Not only are there a lot of MYBEP heifer genetics in the Midwest by now, there are also an impressive group of men and women who were positively impacted by MYBEP.


Each winner is responsible for raising, breeding and maintaining complete records on care of the animal while providing monthly progress reports to the original owner and the Minnesota Beef Expo.  The breeders who donated heifers will also serve as mentors to the MYBEP youth.  We want to send a special thank you to our donors.


Do you think you could benefit from a MYBEP heifer? Read on to find more information about the program and how to apply in 2018.





Application Process — Applicants must:

  • Complete application form thoroughly and carefully. Be mindful of spelling, grammar, punctuation and clarity.
  • Provide two reference letters of recommendation:
    • One reference letter from your 4-H Extension Officer, FFA Advisor or junior association leader
    • One reference letter from an adult who is not related to the applicant, but knows applicant well enough to comment on abilities and commitment
    • Letters of reference may be emailed to beef.expo@mnstatefair.org or sent to
      MYBEP-MN Beef Expo
      1265 Snelling Avenue N., St. Paul, MN 55108
  • A personal letter of intent explaining why you want/need the calf and why you feel you are a good candidate for this project. Letter must be limited to two pages, typewritten and clearly depicting thoughts.
  • Previous recipients of MYBEP heifers are ineligible to enter.
  • Submit all materials together online on or before the Sept. 10, 2018 deadline.


Six judges with various cattle industry backgrounds will evaluate applications. Each judge will award a point total in four categories. The applicants with the highest scores will be the 2017 MYBEP heifer recipients (number of recipients is determined by the number of heifers donated).


  • Be 12-16 years of age as of September 8, 2018
  • Be a 4-H, FFA or junior breed association member
  • Live in Minnesota, Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota or Wisconsin



  • Raise, feed, house, breed and show the heifer for a year under the guidance of the donor of the heifer
  • Maintain complete records on the animal’s care
  • Communicate with the heifer donor and MYBEP leaders through monthly progress reports
  • Return to Minnesota Beef Expo at the conclusion of the year to
    share the experience and compete for the MYBEP Achievement Award



Application Deadline
September 10, 2018!


Download Application Packet




Questions? Please contact:

Virginia Mold

(651) 643-6476

Claudine Goodrich
(651) 491-8752

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Event Contact:

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phone: 651-643-6476
email: beef.expo@mnstatefair.org

1265 Snelling Avenue North

St. Paul, Minnesota  55108

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