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.

We're just a little over a month away from the 2017 Illinois Beef Expo! Now is the time to be working on getting registration papers on your junior show animals if you do not have them. Rule D states: "Original registration papers are required on all animals, except commercial breeding females, market heifers, and crossbred steers. NO COPIES, FAXES or ELECTRONIC REGISTRATIONS will be accepted. NO EXCEPTIONS!"

To see all of the junior show rules, go to illinoisbeefexpo.com/rules/
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Remember these great awards from last year? They wouldn't have been possible without our breed sponsors! We are still looking for a few more breed sponsors for 2017. If you, your farm, or your business is interested in sponsoring any of the following breeds, please message us or email Chelsea at rcduis@yahoo.com to discuss the details. AOB Steers, Market Heifers, Shorthorn Steers, ShorthornPlus Steers, and Charolais Heifers are currently available. Thanks! ... See MoreSee Less

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The 2017 Midwest Shorthorn Spectacular sale that was scheduled to be held at the Illinois Beef Expo has been canceled. ... See MoreSee Less

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Happy New Year to all of our Illinois Beef Expo fans! Here's hoping 2017 is the best year yet! We will see you in less than 2 months!

Photo cred: Herdmark Media
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We are pleased to announce that Tyler Winegardner of Lima, OH will judge the East Ring/Breeding Females and Chad Holtkamp of West Point, IA will judge the West Ring/Market Animals.
We look forward to welcoming these gentlemen to Springfield in February.
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