The Minnesota Beef Expo is proud to be one of the largest youth cattle shows in the Upper Midwest. Each fall, judges sort nearly 1,000 head of cattle to pick the best of the best, but it’s the 500 kids behind those cattle that matter most.
We’re proud to offer a weekend where exhibitors can showcase their livestock and compete in events that help build strong industry leaders. Because while raising a champion heifer is great, it’s even better to raise champion kids who are the future leaders of the beef industry.
Questions about the junior show can be directed to Expo staff at email@example.com or 651-643-6476.
Registration is now closed!
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Saturday, Oct. 22, 2022 (Lee & Rose Warner Coliseum)
4 p.m.: Junior Market Beef and Prospect Show
RING 1 (Judge: Jon DeClerck)
Breed prospect steers
Crossbred prospect steers by weight
RING 2 (Judge: Cheramie Viator)
Market beef by weight
Market beef championship
Prospect heifers by weight
6:30 p.m.: Prospect Calf Championship (both judges)
Sunday, Oct. 23, 2022 (Lee & Rose Warner Coliseum)
8 a.m.: Junior Breeding Heifer Show
RING 1 (Judge: Jon DeClerck)
RING 2 (Judge: Cheramie Viator)
British White Park
3 p.m.: Breeding Heifer Championship (both judges)
JUNIOR SHOW BREEDS
Subject to change based on financial support from breed organization. A minimum of five (5) head per breed is needed to hold a show. Other breed classes may be added if entries and financial support warrant.
Angus: Must be registered as 100% Angus
British White Park: Must be registered as American British White Park or British White
Charolais: Must be registered as 31/32 blood or more
Charolais Composite: Must be registered at least 50% Charolais
Commercial: Any non-registerable animal or animal of a lower percentage of one of the listed breeds
Hereford: Must be registered as 100% Hereford
Limousin: Must be registered as 1/4 or greater according to the North American Limousin Foundation percentages
Maine Anjou: Must be registered as 1/4 or more Maine Anjou
Miniature Hereford: Must be registered with the American Hereford Association
Red Angus: Must be 1-A registered – 100%
Shorthorn: Must be registered as 15/16 blood
Shorthorn Plus: Must be registered as 1/2 blood or greater
Simmental: Must be registered as 7/8 or more
Foundation Simmental: Must be registered as 1/2, 5/8 or 3/4 Simmental
South Devon: Must be registered as 1/2 or greater
All Other Breeds: Animals that have a registration paper and aren’t a lower percentage of one of the above listed breeds. Chianina must be at least 6.25% to show in the All Other Breeds division.
BREEDING HEIFER CLASSES
Classes may be combined by Expo management based on number of entries.
Summer Calf: After May 1, 2022
April Calf: April 1-30, 2022
March Calf: March 1-31, 2022
Winter Calf: Jan. 1 – Feb. 28, 2022
Fall Calf: Sept. 1 – Dec. 31, 2021
Summer Yearling: May 1 – Aug.
Spring Yearling: March 1 – April 30, 2021
Late Senior Yearling: Jan. 1 – Feb. 28, 2021
Early Senior Yearling: Sept. 1 – Dec. 31, 2020
PROSPECT & MARKET CLASSES
Prospect calves will be shown in classes divided by breed and by weight. Prospect steers will show separate from prospect heifers.
Market steers and heifers will be combined in classes that will be shown by weight.
Calves born after Jan. 1, 2022, can be entered in prospect market calf classes, while animals born before that date will be entered as market steers or heifers.
RULES & INFORMATION
Dr. Jon DeClerck is a Technical Consultant for Purina Animal Nutrition residing in College Station, Texas. He grew up on a cattle operation in Illinois and attended Texas A&M for his bachelor’s degree. He then completed his graduate education at Texas Tech University. Prior to Purina, Dr. DeClerck was the judging coach at Iowa State University and Texas Tech University. He is the first individual in history to judge on a national champion livestock judging team at all three levels of competition (4-H, Junior College, and Senior College) and coach a national champion livestock judging team at the University level. Dr. DeClerck has judged numerous state and national shows, including the American Royal, Cattlemen’s Congress and the National Western.
Cheramie Viator grew up in South Louisiana, and as a student she was very active in 4-H and junior livestock activities. She has served on the National Junior Angus and Brangus Board of Directors and won national showmanship contests in both breeds. Cheramie attended Clarendon Junior College and graduated from Texas A&M University where she was a member of the livestock judging team. Today, Cheramie works as the National Marketing Manager for Westway Feed Products and is based in Tomball, Texas. Cheramie owns cattle of multiple breeds across the country and has judged at the American Royal, Cattleman’s Congress, National Western, The NILE, Houston Livestock Show, numerous State Fairs, and more.
- Registration is now closed. All animals must be pre-registered online unless purchased at the Expo sale. No entries will be accepted at the show with the exception of animals purchased during the show. Entries for sale animals must be made at time of settlement.
- Entries submitted by Monday, Oct. 10 at 11:59 p.m., will qualify for the early entry fee of $55/head
- Entries submitted by the final deadline of Wednesday, Oct. 12 at 11:59 p.m., must pay the entry fee of $75/head
- Each exhibitor will be limited to two entries per class.
- If you are unable to access the online system, please contact 651-643-6476 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Registrations for showmanship must be completed online, and entries will close on Thursday, Oct. 20 at 8 p.m. No entries will be accepted after this time. Exhibitors must also confirm their entry with the show office in order to compete.
- Heifers and steers are only eligible to show in one breed show and division.
- All animals must be exhibited by the junior in whose name the animal has been entered. If an issue comes up where the junior cannot exhibit the animal, it must be exhibited by another junior registered to show at the Expo.
- Entry fee must accompany the registration unless the animal is consigned at the Expo sale. Entry fees for animals purchased at the sale are waived.
- Entry fee:
- NEW FOR 2022! Early entry (entries submitted by Monday, Oct. 10 at 11:59 p.m.): $55/head
- NEW FOR 2022! Late fee (entries submitted by Wednesday, Oct. 12 at 11:59 p.m.): $75/head
- Entry fee includes bedding
- Tie-out fee: $20/head
- Camper fee: $30/night (learn more here)
- Bedding is included in all entry fees.
- Entry fee:
Check-In, Arrival & Stalling
- Animals will be allowed to enter the barns on Thursday, Oct. 20, from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Friday, Oct. 21, from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. All animals must be in place by Friday at 10 a.m. No exceptions.
- If you arrive after 8 p.m. on Thursday, you may not take stalls in the barn or in tie-outs, and your cattle must remain on your trailer until the office opens again for stalling on Friday at 6 a.m.
- All animals will be stalled on a first-come, first-serve basis. No stalling requests will be taken before Thursday at 6 a.m.
- Exhibitors must check in at the show office prior to unloading to receive their stalling assignments.
- Junior show check-in (including showmanship) will be on Thursday, Oct. 20, from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Friday, Oct. 21, from 8-10 a.m. All animals, including prospect steers, prospect heifers and market beef, must check-in during junior show check-in.
- Prospect steers, prospect heifers and market beef must be checked in by Friday at 11 a.m., and will be weighed from 1-3 p.m.
- Animals must have a legible ear tattoo corresponding to the purebred registration certificate recognized by the breed association to be eligible to show in a purebred division or class. Any animal not meeting this criteria will be moved to an appropriate commercial division or class.
- All breeding females must have proof of registration. This will be checked by the show staff at check-in.
- If you are leasing an animal, you must have this form completed.
- Youth ages 7 to 21 on the first day of the Expo may exhibit animals or participate in junior activities.
- Any breed with fewer than five entries may not be offered, and entries will be placed in another appropriate class.
- All entries must be registered or recorded with their respective breed organization and owned by the exhibitor, either jointly by agreement or by the farm/ranch of the immediate family.
- Any eligible junior who violates any of the rules of the Expo, knowingly attempts to misrepresent an animal or its registration, or acts in an unbecoming manner, shall be disqualified for exhibition and no premiums shall be paid. Such action shall be taken as deemed necessary by the Minnesota Beef Expo Executive Board.
- Exhibitors must follow the International Association of Fairs and Expositions (IAFE) National Code of Show Ring Ethics. By entering, the exhibitor agrees to abide by the IAFE code of ethics. Submission of entry indicates acceptance of all rules, regulations and releases associated with the event, including photos taken during the Expo by staff or official photographers that may be used for promotional reasons.
- Space is not guaranteed for grooming chutes, and tack space will be limited. Juniors are encouraged to share grooming chutes and tack areas.
- One exhibitor per animal is allowed in the show ring. Exhibitors are not allowed to have help showing from a parent or another junior exhibitor.
- If an animal gets away from an exhibitor three times during a competition, the exhibitor and animal will be excused from the show ring.
- We will accept credit card payments for any additional fees or payments at the junior show office.
- Heifers or steers are only eligible to show in one breed show and division.
- Please review all animal health requirements specifically the animal ID requirements.