Superintendent – Sam Volkmann
Friday, June 23, 2023 @ 8:30 a.m.
Weigh-in: 5:00 pm Wednesday, June 21, 2023

Sale: Friday June 23rd @ 6:00 p.m.

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


  1. Steers must be owned by February 18, 2023 and born between January 1 and September 1, 2022.
  2. Breeding stock must be owned and weighed at Beef Weigh-in Feb.18 to be eligible for premium sale.
  3. Steer weigh-in was in Feb. 2023 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 12, 2023.
  6. Exhibitors help is appreciated in setting up.
  7. All exhibitors must be SMQA Certified.
  8. All exhibits must be in place by 5 pm Wednesday, June 21, 2023. 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 animals will only be allowed to sell in one premium sale during their lifetime.
  10. Minimum rate of gain for breeding animals is 1 pound per day with cow calf pairs to be exempt. Minimum rate of gain for steers is 1.5 pound per day.
  11. Eligibility of miniature beef breeds will be determined by the livestock committee. (i.e. –Irish Dexter, Miniature Belgian Blue, etc.)
  12. All Steers will be stalled by 4-H/FFA club that exhibitor is a member of.
  13. There will be NO GLUE, NO ADHESIVE, or NO COLOR allowed at this show. Failure to follow these rules will result in disqualification. FITTERS WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO GROOM. Exhibitor must fit their own animal. Immediate Family member (mother, father, brother, sister, legal guardian or grandparent only) or another Howard County 4-H or FFA exhibitor may assist.
  14. 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.
  15. Home Raised is defined as any steer whose dam is owned by the exhibitor or a member of the immediate family (father, mother, brother,
    sister, legal guardian or grandparent only) at the time of birth, and is born on the local property (Howard County or joining counties only) that is owned or managed by the immediate family of the exhibitor. The animal must be cared for from birth to exhibition on the local property. The dam does not have to be owned by the exhibitor/family at the time of breeding.
  16. All cattle staying over night must have neck ropes.
  17. 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.
  18. Only market steers can show and sell. There is no class for Market Heifers, only Breeding Heifers.


  • Class 81 Light Weight Steers
  • Class 82 Medium Weight Steers
  • Class 83 Heavy Weight Steers
  • Class 84 Champion Steer
  • Class 85 Reserve Champion Steer
  • Class 86 Champion Home Raised
  • Class 87 Reserve Champion Home Raised
  • Class 88 Champion Rate of Gain
  • Class 89 Reserve Champion Rate of Gain Showmanship
  • Class 92 Jr. Showmanship (13 and under)
  • Class 93 Sr. Showmanship (14 and over)


  • Class 60 Jr. Bull -calved between Jan. 1-April 1, 2023
  • Class 61 Sr. Bull-calved between Sept 1-Dec. 31, 2022
  • Class 62 Summer yearling bull- between May 1 – Aug. 31, 2022
  • Class 63 Jr. Yearling bull – between Jan. 1-April 30, 2022
  • Class 64 Champion Bull
  • Class 65 Reserve Champion Bull


  • Class 40 Jr. Heifers-between Jan. 1-April 1, 2023
  • Class 41 Sr. Heifer-between Sept 1-Dec. 31, 2022
  • Class 42 Summer Yearling Heifer-between May 1-Aug. 31, 2022
  • Class 43 Jr. Yearling Heifer-Jan 1-April 30, 2022
  • Class 44 Sr. Yearling Heifer- between Sept. 1-Dec. 1, 2021
  • Class 45 Champion Heifer
  • Class 46 Reserve Champion Heifer

Cow/Calf Pairs

  • Class 47 Jr. 2-yr old-born between January 1-August 31, 2021
  • Class 48 Champion Heifer/Reserve
  • Class 49 Champion Home Raised/Reserve – 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.