Superintendent – Sam Volkmann
Friday, June 21, 2024 @ 8:30 a.m.
Weigh-in: 5:00 pm Wednesday, June 19th

Sale: Friday June 21st @ 6:00 p.m.

*Each member may sell one beef animal at the sale.


New in 2024: All 4-H and FFA exhibits must have a Certificate of Veterinary Inspection (Health Certificate) to be eligible to show. This Health Certificate must have been written within 30 days of exhibition. All cattle, swine, sheep, and goats must also be identified by either an ear tag, electronic implant or tattoo. This new rule comes from the Missouri State Fair and will effect open classes in 2025.

  1. Steers must be owned by February 17, 2024 and born between January 1 and September 1, 2023.
  2. Breeding stock must be owned and weighed at Beef Weigh-in Feb.17 to be eligible for premium sale.
  3. Steer weigh-in was in Feb. 2024 at Howard County Vet.  Services. All steers must have weigh-in to sell.
  4. Steers must be nosed printed to show at the state fair. Check state fair book for more information.
  5. All cattle must be pre-registered and Registration forms must be returned to the Howard County Extension Center by May 10, 2024.
  6. Exhibitors help is expected in setting up the barn, Thursday, June 13th.
  7. All exhibitors must be SMQA Certified.
  8. All exhibits must be in place by 5 pm Wednesday, June 19, 2024. Weigh in is at 5:00 pm
  9. An individual may show two market animals and multiple breeding stock, but only one will be sold in the premium sale. The highest placing animal will sell. Breeding heifers will only be allowed to sell in one premium sale during their lifetime.
  10. Minimum rate of gain for breeding heifers is 1 pound per day with cow calf pairs to be exempt and minimum rate of gain for steers is 1.5 pound per day.  In order to be eligible for any champion classes, as well as the Howard County Premium Sale.
  11. Eligibility of miniature beef breeds will be determined by the livestock committee. (i.e. –Irish Dexter, Miniature Belgian Blue, etc.)
  12. All Cattle will be stalled by 4-H/FFA club that exhibitor is a member of.
  13. All cattle must be broke to lead. If the Beef superintendent feels that the safety of others is in danger they will ask that the exhibit be removed and not allowed to show.
  14. All cattle staying over night must have neck ropes.
  15. Cattle may be moved from the barn after 8:00 PM, but must be in the barn area by 7:00 AM the following morning.
  16. Only market steers can show and sell. There is no class for Market Heifers, only Breeding Heifers.


  • Class 81 Market Steers
  • Class 82 Champion Steer
  • Class 83 Reserve Champion Steer
  • Class 84 Champion Home Raised
  • Class 85 Reserve Champion Home Raised
  • Class 86 Champion Rate of Gain
  • Class 87 Reserve Champion Rate of Gain
  • Class 92 Jr. Showmanship (13 and under)
  • Class 93 Sr. Showmanship (14 and over)


  • Class 60 Jr. Bull -calved between Jan. 1-April 1, 2024
  • Class 61 Sr. Bull-calved between Sept 1-Dec. 31, 2023
  • Class 62 Summer yearling bull- between May 1 – Aug. 31, 2023
  • Class 63 Jr. Yearling bull – between Jan. 1-April 30, 2023
  • Class 64 Champion Bull
  • Class 65 Reserve Champion Bull


  • Class 40 Jr. Heifers-between Jan. 1-April 30, 2024
  • Class 41 Sr. Heifer-between Sept 1-Dec. 31, 2023
  • Class 42 Summer Yearling Heifer-between May 1-Aug. 31, 2023
  • Class 43 Jr. Yearling Heifer-Jan 1-April 30, 2023
  • Class 44 Sr. Yearling Heifer- between Sept. 1-Dec. 1, 2022
  • Class 45 Champion Heifer
  • Class 46 Reserve Champion Heifer
  • Class 47 Champion Heifer/Reserve
  • Class 48 Champion Home Raised/Reserve

Cow/Calf Pairs

  • Class 49 Jr. 2-yr old-born between January 1-August 31, 2022 – This is a division of its own. They are not eligible for champion female or sale. If the calf shows with its dam, it is not eligible for any other class.