Welcome to the Illinois Beef Expo

The Illinois Beef Expo is an annual event held the last full weekend of February at the Illinois State Fairground in Springfield, Illinois. One of the premier cattle events of the Midwest, the event hosts multiple sales, a junior show for Illinois exhibitors, and a large industry trade show.

The first Illinois Beef Expo was held February 24-28, 1988, after a progressive group of cattlemen came together in 1987 to bring multiple breed sales and a junior prospect show together. The first expo saw nine breed sales and a prospect show for heifers and steers from all over the United States. The Illinois Beef Expo has been held in the same format every year since, except 2008, when electrical problems forced the junior show to be cancelled and the sales moved to Bloomington, Illinois.

Today, the Illinois Beef Expo hosts the Illinois Performance Tested Bull Sale and Angus, Hereford, Shorthorn, and Simmental sales. The trade show is always popular with over 75 vendors filling the basement and surrounding the Livestock Center for the duration of the event.

The Illinois Beef Expo junior show, closed to Illinois exhibitors since 2006, is held the Saturday afternoon and Sunday of the annual event. A popular first stop of the jackpot season for Illinois exhibitors, nearly 700 animals will be evaluated annually by the judges. A grand champion steer has been selected since the inaugural event with the selection of a grand champion heifer added in 2012 and a top 5 selection added in 2013.

Whether you are an Illinois purebred breeder, out of state performance bull buyer, or new show cattle family, we invite you to attend our event and find out what the Illinois Beef Expo is all about! Visit the pages throughout this site to find out more information for each portion of the Illinois Beef Expo.

1 month ago

Illinois Beef Expo

Sullivan Supply's Stock Show U is coming to Illinois! Register for this great event at www.eventbrite.com/e/il-two-day-cattle-grad-program-tickets-43329315148. Thanks again to Sullivan Supply for their continued support of the Illinois Beef Expo! ... See MoreSee Less

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2 months ago

Illinois Beef Expo

The junior show judges shared their opinions - now it's time to share yours! The 2018 Illinois Beef Expo survey is now available. If you attended this year's event, whether for the sales, trade show, junior activities, or junior show, we want your opinion! Survey: goo.gl/forms/jDAJuF1yCVye0SlM2 ... See MoreSee Less

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3 months ago

Illinois Beef Expo

Thanks again to Walton Webcasting for broadcasting our junior show this year! Check out the highlight video!

Walton Webcasting
The 2018 Illinois Beef Expo was one for the books! Check out the recap below. Go to www.waltonwebcasting.com to view the Archived Event, Complete Event Results with Pictures, and Order a DVD or Digital Download of your special moments. #LivestockLikeYouveNeverSeenBefore
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3 months ago

Illinois Beef Expo

The 2018 Spirit Award winners are (L to R): Payton Hueber, Lee; Luke Gilbert, Fults; Abbie Kelly, Strasburg; Tait McCaskill, Timewell; and Amber Lee, Durand. Also pictured is Sean Isaacson with Champion Show Stock, LLC who sponsor the award annually.
The Spirit Award recognizes five young exhibitors who display good sportsmanship, herdsmanship, and a strong work ethic. Throughout the weekend, a selection committee watches for juniors who deserve extra recognition. Each winner received a $100 gift certificate for show supplies.
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3 months ago

Illinois Beef Expo

Photos by Cindy Cagwin-JohnstonPhotos by Cindy Cagwin-Johnston ... See MoreSee Less

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