Iowa Beef Expo 2012 Kicks Off Feb. 12

Iowa Beef Expo 2012 Kicks Off Feb. 12

One of the biggest cattle shows in the world begins Feb. 12, the annual Iowa Beef Expo. It runs through Feb. 19 at Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines.

The 2012 Iowa Beef Expo is set to begin Feb. 12 at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines. Running through February 19, this year's show and sale lineup will be similar to what it's been in recent years, but the number of exhibitors continues to increase. "We continually have a larger number of exhibitors," says Bernie Bolton, a Shorthorn cattle producer from Oakland in western Iowa and president of the Iowa Beef Breeds Council.

With fed cattle prices at record highs, Bolton says commercial cattle producers who attend this year's Beef Expo will be in the market for excellent genetics. "We are seeing good prices and we expect the breeding animals that will be sold at this year's show and sales to bring top prices," he says. "We will also have additional booths this year for the commercial companies that are exhibiting, and a new company will be on hand to demonstrate DNA testing."

For more information on the Iowa Beef Expo contact Mindy Campfield, Expo director at 515-966-0075 or visit www.iowabeefexpo.com. The sale schedules for the various breeds along with the schedule for other events are listed on the website.

Individual honors and awards will also be presented during the Expo

Individuals who will be honored at this year's Iowa Beef Expo include Larry and Carol Drake of Centerville, who will receive the 2012 Seedstock Producer of the Year award. Marty VanderMolen of Sully will be honored as Friend of the Iowa Beef Expo. Bev Johnson will receive the Distinguished Service Award.

Larry & Carol Drake Named "2012 Iowa Seedstock Producer of the Year"

Larry and Carol Drake of Drake Simmental, Centerville, Iowa, have been named as Iowa's Seedstock Producer of the Year. The coveted award, sponsored annually by the Iowa Beef Breeds Council, is being awarded to Drake Simmental on Monday, February 13, 2012 at the Expo Kick-Off Program; which is scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m. in the Bull Pen of the cattle barn at the Iowa State Fairgrounds. All friends of the Drake Family and the Iowa Beef Expo are invited to attend.

The Seedstock Producer of the Year is a coveted award among Iowa's Purebred breeders. The purpose of the award is to honor outstanding cattle producers in the seedstock industry. Each Purebred Breed Association is given the opportunity to nominate one candidate for the award. Applications are reviewed by a Seedstock Committee, which gives careful consideration to producers programs in their entirety, including record keeping, industry participation and leadership, merchandising programs, selection criteria and herd improvement over time.

Drake Simmental has been in the Seedstock cattle business for 111 years making it an Iowa Century Farm raising Simmental and Sim-Angus cattle currently running 190 cows. Performance records have also been kept for 50 years and Drake Simmental has been members of the IBIA for 10 years and the American Simmental Association for 40 years. Drake Simmental sells 35 to 40 bulls' private treaty annually from their herd providing their customers with all the BW, 205 wt., Yearling wt., ADG on Test, WDA and EPD's that they have available. Drake Simmental has had production sales on the farm in the past but now sell mostly private treaty and in consignment sales.

Drake Simmental is proud to be a founding member and past president of the Hawkeye Simmental Inc. group. Larry and Carol have also been involved with their County Cattlemen's association. Drake Simmental has had the great fortune to receive awards such as: Premier Breeder Award at the National Western Stock Show in 2003, 2005 and 2006 along with two Top Sire Groups in the I.B.I.A. Bull Test.

The Drake family's seedstock operation has deep roots in southern Iowa

Larry grew up with Polled Herefords and by 1960 the family was production testing their cattle. They conducted rate of gain testing at home and entered bulls in the then I.B.I.A. Test. By the late 1960s the Drake family was looking for a way to improve the milking of their cows – and they gave the Simmental Breed a try-- and quickly jumped their weaning weight of calves by 100 pounds.

"As time passed we sold more Simmental and less Herefords and by 1980 we were all Simmental," says Larry. "In the early 90's we went to black Simmental and in the 2000's we added the Sim-Angus."

"We've always raised cattle that fit the environment, they are never in a barn," he says. "They graze cornstalks in the fall and winter and consume much of their needs from feedstuff that would otherwise be wasted. Every cow past two years of age calves in a 40 acre or larger field, they have to calve by themselves as well as take care of the calf, then breed back and do this every year. Our belief is if you breed that outstanding cow everything else is mostly taken care of."

He adds, "The cattle business has been our life. We love the cattle, working to improve them, the wonderful people in the cattle business and the great young people we have been involved with. We have always believed in and did anything we could to help young people in the cattle business."

"We believe that future of the cattleman and cattlewoman has never been better," says Larry Drake. "The job requires more work than most jobs and I think the rewards will be excellent. To survive you must have a profit but the rewards of loving your cowboy life, friends, family, honesty, pride, working with family and just the joy of seeing that new calf in the green grass of spring exceeds all else."

Marty VanderMolen honored as 2012 "Friend of the Iowa Beef Expo"

The Iowa Beef Breeds Council has named Marty VanderMolen as the recipient of the coveted "Friend of the Iowa Beef Expo" award. VanderMolen will be receiving his award for his contribution and support of the Iowa Beef Expo, now being held for the 36th year. He will be recognized and presented with the award by Iowa Beef Breeds Council at the Kick-Off Program scheduled for Monday, February 13, 2012 beginning at 5:30 p.m. in the Bull Pen in cattle barn. All friends of Marty VanderMolen and the Iowa Beef Expo are invited to attend.

Bev Johnson recognized with 2012 "Distinguished Service Award"

The Iowa Beef Breeds Council will be recognizing Bev Johnson with a Distinguished Service Award at the upcoming Iowa Beef Expo. Bev Johnson will be recognized and presented with an award by Iowa Beef Breeds Council at the Kick-Off Program scheduled for Monday, February 13, 2012 beginning at 5:30 p.m. in the Bull Pen in cattle barn. All friends of Bev Johnson are invited to attend.

SPECIAL CATTLEMEN'S OFFERS AVAILABLE AT 2012 IOWA BEEF EXPO

Both buyers and consignors, young and old attending the 2012 Iowa Beef Expo, which is being held February 12-19, 2011, will have the opportunity to take advantage of special "Cattlemen's Offers" being provided at the country's largest state beef expo.

Hawkeye Breeders Service, Inc. offers one free semen collection on anyone bull that brings $2,500 or more in any of the sales held during the 2012 Expo. The collection work must be completed prior to the 2013 Iowa Beef Expo. Bull must be presented to the Adel, IA collection site.

Hawkeye Breeder Service, Inc. will present specially embroidered Iowa Beef Expo Windshirts to the purchaser of the High Selling Bull and High Selling Female in each sale at the 2012 Iowa Beef Expo.

Trans Ova Genetics is offering to the purchaser of the high selling female in each breed selling 25 head or more at the 2012 Iowa Beef Expo, one free embryo flush on the female of his/hers choice from his/hers breeding herd and three free transfers into the owners recipients. The embryo work must be completed prior to the 2013 Iowa Beef Expo. Contact Mark Johnson for complete details on this offer!

Muir Embroidery of Jefferson, Iowa along with Livestock Plus Inc. of Clarion, Iowa will present specially embroidered Iowa Beef Expo Jackets to the consignors of the High Selling Bull and High Selling Female in each sale. Jackets must be ordered before the end of the 2012 Iowa Beef Expo.

Purple Bound Show Feeds, R&B Feeds, & U.S. Feeds will present certificates for one free bag of U.S. Core Calving Mineral with BioMos to the purchaser of the High Selling Bull and High Selling Female in each sale. Certificate must be redeemed at the booth before the end of the 2012 Iowa Beef Expo. We will also be presenting certificates to the IJBBA Breed Champions and Reserves as well as the IJBBA Top 5 Exhibitors for free bags of feed.

All buyers registered prior to the start of each of the breed sales held at the Iowa Beef Expo, will be eligible to win a special embroidered Iowa Beef Expo cap. Hawkeye Tack will also be presenting the IJBBA Top Year End Award Winners with special boot certificates and Wrangler Jean certificates. Hawkeye Tack will also be offering all who attend the Expo a certificate good towards $500 off the purchase of a New Trailer and 20% off 1 Regular Priced Item, some exclusions will apply.

For more information on the Iowa Beef Expo contact: Mindy Campfield, Expo director 515-966-0075 or visit the website at www.iowabeefexpo.com.
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