Iowa Beef Expo Beginning Its 35th Run

Iowa Beef Expo Beginning Its 35th Run

The 35th edition of the Iowa Beef Expo runs February 13-20, 2011 at Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines. Annual winter event features seedstock producers with a great lineup of breed shows and sales, along with an array of commercial exhibits.

The 35th annual Iowa Beef Expo will be held Feb. 13-20, at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines. The 2011 event will showcase the state's seedstock producers and what they have for sale in quality, high performing breeding stock representing the various beef cattle breeds.

"This is the 35th year for the Iowa Beef Expo and we're making it a special one," says Jim O'Neill, an Angus producer from Logan in western Iowa. He is president of the Iowa Beef Breeds Council this year. The usual lineup of breed shows and sales are on tap, along with a number of commercial exhibits.

More than 750 head of cattle are registered for the show and Iowa Beef Expo organizers are expecting very good sales at this year's event. "Feeder calf prices are very good, and this is the time and the place for commercial producers to buy top-quality seedstock," says O'Neill. "With both fed cattle and feeder cattle prices high right now, we expect to see a very strong sale overall."

Trade show opens Feb. 14 and continues through Feb. 17

The trade show of commercial exhibitors opens Feb. 14 and continues through Feb. 17. On Feb. 14 Waldridge Farms of Williamsburg will be honored as Seedstock Producer of the Year and Bob Schlutz of Columbus Junction will be honored as Friend of the Expo. The junior show, which comes at the conclusion of the Expo, continues to grow in numbers each year.

"We expect a very good junior show," says O'Neill. "And we will open this year's Expo with a judging contest that has some very strong entries, too. We never know what kind of weather we might have in mid-February in Iowa but I'm anticipating this will be an outstanding and well-attended Iowa Beef Expo." For more information, go to www.iowabeefexpo.com.

The 2011 Iowa Beef Expo schedule of events is as follows:

Daily Commercial Exhibits:

Open at  9 a.m. & Close at 5 p.m.

Starts Monday at 9 a.m. Ends Thursday at 4 p.m.

Sunday, Feb. 13

7:30 a.m. Judging Contest Registration - Gammon Barn

9 a.m. Judging Contest Begins - Pavilion

1 p.m. Iowa Simmental Video Parade - Penningroth

2 p.m. Charolais Video Parade - Pavilion - Penningroth (will follow Simmental Parade)

Monday, Feb. 14

Nichols Cryo-Genetics Barn Breakfast

9 a.m. Tradeshow Opens

10 a.m. Charolais Parade - Pavilion

11:30 a.m. Iowa Simmental Sale - Penningroth Sale Center

1 p.m. Iowa Royal Shorthorn Video Parade - Pavilion

1:30 p.m. Charolais Sale - North Annex

2 p.m. Red Angus Video Parade - Pavilion

5:30 p.m. Expo Annual Kick-Off Party - Cattle Barn Foyer

Tuesday, Feb. 15

Morning Coffee with Multimin, USA, Inc.

9 a.m. Red Angus Review - Preview in Stalls

10 a.m. Gelbvieh Parade - Pavilion

11 a.m. Iowa Limousin Show - Pavilion

11 a.m. Iowa Royal Shorthorn Sale - Penningroth Sale Center

12 Noon Red Angus Classic Sale - North Annex

1 p.m. Salers Video Parade - Pavilion

2 p.m. Gelbvieh Sale - Penningroth Sale Center

Wednesday, Feb. 16

Morning  Coffee with Multimin, USA, Inc.

9:30 a.m. Iowa Angus Show - Pavilion

10 a.m. Salers Evaluation  - Pavilion

11 a.m. - Lowline Show - Pavilion

12 Noon Iowa Limousin Sale - Penningroth Sale Center

1 p.m. Iowa Salers Sale - North Annex

2 p.m. Maine - Anjou Video Parade - North Annex

2:30 p.m. - Lowline Sale - Penningroth Sale Center

3:30 p.m. Exhibitor Social - Cattle Barn Foyer

Thursday, Feb. 17

Nichols Cryo-Genetics Barn Breakfast

9 a.m. Iowa Select Hereford Parade – Pavilion

9 a.m. Maine-Anjou Show – Pavilion

10:30 a.m. Iowa Angus Sale - Penningroth Sale Center

11:30 a.m. Chianina Classic Show - Pavilion

12 Noon Iowa Select Hereford Sale – N Annex

2:30 p.m. Maine-Anjou Sale - North Annex

5 p.m. Chianina Classic Sale - North Annex (30 minutes after conclusion of Maine Anjou Sale)

Friday, Feb. 18

Morning Coffee with Multimin, USA, Inc.

All Junior Events In Pavilion

8:30 a.m. - 12:30 PM Check-In of All Junior Cattle

4:30 p.m. No Fit Showmanship Contest

Saturday, Feb. 19

8 a.m. Expo Junior Show - Pavilion

Sunday, Feb. 20

8 a.m. Expo Junior Show - Pavilion

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