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Beef Information

Market Beef Show

  • All market beef must be identified with an EID tag or Visual Tag or Tattoo.
  • Market Beef Exhibitors that exhibit at Aksarben are subject to allowing their projects to be used for the Livestock Judging Contest.
  • Positive identification is required on all market beef entries.
  • Positive identification is achieved by submitting DNA hair samples from all market beef that are being considered for exhibition.
  • Nose leads or nose rings will not be permitted on the grounds.
  • Weight Declaration
    • Exhibitors will self-declare the market beef’s weight utilizing a weigh-card system. All weigh-cards will be due at check-in.
    • Show management will weigh first and second place animals in each class. A 5% variance from the weigh-card weight will be allowed. Animals not meeting the 5% variance either above or below the weigh-card weight will forfeit premiums and will not be eligible for any champion awards.
    • The minimum weight for market beef is 1,000 pounds with no maximum weight limit.
    • If minimum weight is stated on weigh-card, the reweight variance will only allow plus 5%. Minus 5% will not be accepted as it is below minimum weight.
  • Show Structure
    • Market beef will be exhibited from light to heavy within each division.
    • The top two animals from each class will compete for Division Champion and Reserve Division Champion. The Division Champion and Reserve Division Champion will compete for Grand Champion Market Beef and Reserve Grand Champion Market Beef.
    • The Champion Calf Challenge “Live” Calf will compete for Grand Champion Market Beef.
    • Six market beef will be selected for sale in the Purple Ribbon Auction (six head). They include Grand Champion Market Beef, Reserve Grand Champion Market Beef, Champ British Breeds plus three. All beef selected for the Purple Ribbon Auction must go to harvest.
    • If a beef animal gets away from an exhibitor more than two times in the show ring, they will be dismissed from the class.
  • Release Time
    • Market beef will be released at the conclusion of the Market Beef Show. Any violation of release rules will result in all premiums withheld and may be barred from future competition.
  • Class
    • Market Beef
  • Divisions
    • Market Steer
    • Market Heifer
    • British Breeds
      • Papers will be required to show in British Breeds Division.
      • Eligible Breeds: Angus, Hereford, Shorthorn
  • Loadout
  • Loadout time and location for market beef will be posted at the livestock office.
  • It is the responsibility of all exhibitors or designated personnel to ensure that beef designated for harvest at check-in are put in the designated area to be loaded onto the trucks.
  • Exhibitors or designated personnel are responsible for making arrangements to get cattle fed and watered from release time to loadout time.
  • Those lightweight beef ineligible for show but on the official list to sell from weigh-in will also be loaded at this time.
  • Failure to comply with loadout procedures will result in the withholding of premium monies and the exhibitor may be disqualified. (Please refer to the General Rules section of the Premium Book to read the “Disqualification” paragraph).

Breeding Heifer Show

  • All breeding beef must be identified with an EID tag or Visual Tag or Tattoo.
  • To be eligible for exhibition, breeding heifers must be registered by the official breed association in the name of the youth and/or immediate family member or in partnership with a parent or guardian, family or farm name, and must be owned by the time of entry.
  • Registration papers should be presented at the check-in. Animals whose registration papers are not approved or are still pending will show in the commercial class.
  • Heifers entered in the Feeder Calf Show are not eligible for the Breeding Heifer Show.
  • Only breeding heifers recognized as registered and eligible to show by their respective breed associations will be allowed to compete in the breed classes.
  • To be eligible for the commercial breeding heifer class, each heifer must have a known birthdate and be identified by an EID tag.
  • Breeding Beef Exhibitors that Exhibit heifers at Aksarben are subject to allowing their heifers to be used for the Livestock Judging Contest. Refusal will subject in withholding of premiums.
  • Nose lead or nose rings will not be permitted on the grounds.
  • Show Structure
    • Classes in the Breeding Heifer Show will be divided by breeds and then by age within the breed.
    • Any registered heifers not meeting breed requirements or other eligibility rules will go into the Commercial class.
    • Classes are determined by age.
    • The top two animals from each class will compete for Breed Champion and Reserve Breed Champion of their breed. Each breed’s Champion and Reserve Champion will compete for the Supreme Champion Breeding Heifer. The judge will then use Champion and Reserve Breed Champions to pick through fifth place. (There will be a top five.)
    • If a beef animal gets away from an exhibitor more than two times in the show ring, they will be dismissed from the class.
  • Release Time
    • Breeding heifers will be released at the conclusion of the Breeding Heifer Show. Any violation of release rules will result in all premiums withheld and may be barred from future competition.
  • Class
    • Breeding Heifer
  • Division
    • Each breed will be a division.
  • Age Classifications
    • Spring Heifer Calves – Calved March 1, 2020 to April 30, 2020
    • Junior Heifer Calves – Calved January 1, 2020 to February 28, 2020
    • Late Senior Heifer Calves – Calved November 1, 2019 to December 31, 2019
    • Early Senior Heifer Calves – Calved September 1, 2019 to October 31, 2019
    • Late Summer Yearling Heifers – Calved July 1, 2019 – August 31, 2019
    • Early Summer Yearling Heifers – Calved May 1, 2019 to June 30, 2019
    • Late Junior Yearling Heifers – Calved March 1, 2019 to April 30, 2019
    • Junior Yearling Heifers – Calved January 1, 2019 to February 28, 2019
    • Senior Fall Heifers – Calved October 1, 2018 to December 31st, 2018

Feeder Calf Show

  • All feeder calves must be identified with an EID tag or Visual Tag or Tattoo.
  • Heifer calves and steer calves born during the current year, after January 1 and before June 1 are eligible to be entered.
  • No bulls will be allowed to show. If there is any evidence of testicular development by manual palpation of the scrotum, the animal will be disqualified.
  • It is preferred that all feeder calves be dehorned.
  • Heifer calves shown in the breeding beef show are not eligible for the Feeder Calf Show.
  • No substitutions after entry for feeder calves.
  • No nurse cows or dams of feeder calves will be allowed on the stock show grounds.
  • Nose leads or nose rings will not be permitted on the grounds.
  • Check-In and Weighing
    • Feeder calves will be weighed at check-in.
  • Show Structure
    • Entries will be broke into divisions for steers and heifers.
    • Class cuts will be based off weight.
    • The top two animals from each heifer class will compete for Grand Champion Feeder Heifer and Reserve Grand Champion Feeder Heifer.
    • The top two animals from each steer class will compete for Grand Champion Feeder Steer and Reserve Grand Champion Feeder Steer.
    • The Champion Feeder Steer and Champion Feeder Heifer will compete for the Grand Champion Feeder Calf.
    • If a beef animal gets away from an exhibitor more than two times in the show ring, they will be dismissed from the class.
  • Release Time
    • Feeder calves will be released at the conclusion of the Feeder Calf Show. Any violation of release rules will result in all premiums withheld and may be barred from future competition.
  • Class
    • Feeder Calf
  • Divisions
    • Feeder Steers, Feeder Heifers
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