ST. PAUL — There was plenty of sunshine for the 2019 Minnesota Beef Expo. Held every October at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds, the annual Minnesota Beef Expo brought cattle producers and youth livestock exhibitors together to celebrate and promote the beef industry. This four-day event was Oct. 17-20 and was the largest all-breed beef show in Minnesota and included youth contests, cattle sales, a trade show, educational seminars and a 950 head junior show.
Participants came together from all over the Midwest. In 2019, more than 800 youth competed in the weekend’s junior events. Plus, some of region’s best seedstock producers sold cattle and embryos at the Supreme Row sale. Members of the Minnesota Hereford Breeders hosted and led a number of activities during the event as part of their duties as the event’s featured breed.
The Expo kicked off Thursday, Oct.17, with a Youth Knowledge Bowl followed by the Sullivan Supply Stock Show University Fitting Seminar. Fitting experts taught youth how to clip and prepare their show cattle to an enthusiastic crowd. Following the seminar 11 teams competed for champion fitting honors in the annual Sullivan Supply Fitting Contest.
On Thursday evening, more than 400 people gathered for Minnesota Youth Beef Experience Program’s (MYBEP) Beef Industry Ideas & Insights Symposium. Lance Pekus, best known as the Cowboy Ninja from “American Ninja Warrior,” was the featured guest with “Beef, It’s What’s for Ninjas.” Later in the evening, beef industry leaders educated attendees in breakout sessions regarding topics such as hoof care and maintenance, Beef Quality Assurance, current sires offered through the A.I. market, basic animal nutrition, improving a MYBEP application, and tools to improve herd genetics and EPDs. After the
sessions, Pekus gave a keynote address, “Courage to Face Life’s Obstacles, Cowboy Ninja Style!, ” designed to motivate young people to develop the skills and courage it takes to overcome the obstacles that occur when raising and showing cattle. To cap off the evening’s events, the Minnesota State Cattlemen’s Association awarded one of the 11 MYBEP heifers to Nathan Skiba, North Branch, Minn.
Friday’s schedule offered even more opportunities for youth exhibitors. The day started with a judging contest where 32 teams in three age categories competed for top prizes with a total of 264 participants. Friday’s youth activities ended with an exciting Junior Showmanship Contest that included more than 300 contestants judged by Matt Johnson, Garretson, S.D. and Bryan Strommen, Arthur, N.D.
The Minnesota Beef Expo Sale was held Saturday, Oct. 19. Additional events included three shows and the Supreme Row Selection. Supreme Row Champions took home $6,750 in prize money thanks to the following sponsors: Minnesota Farm Guide, Agri-Media Livestock Group, Purina Feed Animal Nutrition LLC, Rabo AgriFinance and Optimizer Calf Gel. 108 lots were sold in this year’s sale.
The Supreme Row Champion Female was an Angus heifer, NFF AN Molly 916, consigned by Nesler Family Farms, La Crescent, Minn. She was purchased by Scharpe Angus LLC, Arlington, Minn., for $5,700. Reserve Supreme Row Champion Female honors went to a Foundation Simmental heifer, HA Gretta 912G, consigned by, Highland Acres, Starbuck, Minn., and purchased by Bachmeier Livestock, Apple Valley, Minn. The high seller was H20/KLER Miss Pep 6901 for $6,250, purchased by Riley Neft, Northome, Minn.
The Supreme Row Champion Steer was consigned by Jerry Bauerly, Sauk Rapids, Minn., and was purchased by Aiden Hiniker, Pipestone, Minn. The Reserve Supreme Row Champion Steer was consigned by Donnelly Farms, Farmington, Minn., and was purchased by Izak Schermerhorn, New York Mills, Minn.
One of the most unique aspects of the Minnesota Beef Expo is MYBEP. Eleven heifers were presented to youth who went through an intensive application process. 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 respective winners.
The 2019 heifer recipients were:
- Cody Ostertag from Kenyon, Minn., received the Angus heifer donated by Elmdale Farm, Gary & Kathy Eikmeier, Pipestone, Minn., co-sponsored by Schiefelbein Farms, Kimball, Minn., and the Minnesota Angus Association.
- Lane Schoenfeld from Astoria, S.D., received the Charolais heifer donated by the Minnesota/Wisconsin Charolais Association and will be mentored by One Penny Ranch, Bill & Penny Zimmerman, Foley, Minn.
- Jenna Dougherty from Clearwater, Minn., received the Charolais heifer donated by North Grove Charolais, Dennis & Kari Fischer, Brandon Fischer, and Dustin & Maggie Fischer, Grove City, Minn., of the Minnesota/Wisconsin Charolais Association.
- Addison Mitchell from Waterville, Minn., received the Hereford heifer donated by Mittag’s Shadow Ridge Ranch, Randy & Liz Mittag, River Falls, Wis., of the Minnesota Hereford Breeders.
- Mollie Allen from Kasson, Minn., received the Minnesota Beef Expo heifer donated by the MBE and will be mentored by Kelly Schmidt, New Ulm, Minn.
- Theresa Gustafson from Puposky, Minn., received the Red Angus heifer donated by Compeer Financial and will be mentored by Steve Pomerenke, Fairmont, Minn., of Compeer Financial.
- Ethan Neumann from Altura, Minn., received the Simmental heifer donated by Thesing Riverside Ranch, Eric A. & Darcy, Eric M. & Shelby, Rita, Coy, Kasie and Hazel Thesing, Carlos, Minn., and Jennifer & Adam, Axel and Owen Fredman of Rose City, Minn., of the Minnesota Simmental Association.
- Luke Fischer from Alma Center, Wis., received the Simmental heifer donated by Franke Show Calves, Bob & Lori Franke and family, Dover, Minn., of the Minnesota Simmental Association.
- Mason Grams from Buffalo Lake, Minn., received the Shorthorn heifer donated by Gene & Roberta Francis and family, Lawton, N.D., of the Minnesota Shorthorn Association.
- Riley McCormick-Johnson from Ogilvie, Minn. received the South Devon heifer donated by DLCC Ranch, Dar & Lynn Giess and family, Pierz, Minn., and the Northern States South Devon Association.
- Nathan Skiba from North Branch, Minn., received the Symposium heifer donated by the Minnesota State Cattlemen’s Association and will be mentored by Mark Pesek of Taunton, Minn.
The MYBEP recipients from 2018 competed for the MYBEP Achievement Award. A belt buckle, sponsored by the Minnesota Beef Cattle Improvement Association, was presented to Magen Tol, Canby, Minn. Tol was also the recipient of an embroidered bag from Sanctified Designs and a $1000 scholarship sponsored by Minnesota Farmers Union and Minnesota Farmers Union Agency.
In Saturday and Sunday’s highly competitive Junior Shows, 900 head were sorted by Amanda Schnoor, Chowchilla, Calif., and Jack Ward, Plattsburg, Mo. Supreme Champion Female honors went to Tucker Bayer, Ringle, Wis., with his Simmental heifer J6C Weis Ms Coco 16F. Reserve Supreme Champion went to Julianna Wise of Decorah, Iowa, and her Simmental heifer NFF Snowball G251.
Cora Capatske, Ellsworth, Wis., and Matilyn Lautner, Adel, Iowa, had the Champion and Reserve Champion Prospect Calves, respectively. Jack Jackson, Sanborn, Minn., exhibited the Supreme Champion Market Beef. Lacey Schmitz, Austin, Minn., showed the Reserve Supreme Market Beef.
The 2020 Minnesota Beef Expo will be held October 15-18 at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds.
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