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.

The Illinois Performance Tested Bull Sale kicked off the events of this year's expo. 50 bulls grossed $193,750 to average $3,875. 29 Angus bulls averaged $3,997. 16 Simmental bulls averaged $3,797. 5 Polled Hereford bulls averaged $3,420. ... See MoreSee Less

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Thank you to this year's heifer and steer shows sponsor Umbarger Show Feeds! To find a dealer near you, visit umbargerandsons.com/dealer-locator/. ... See MoreSee Less

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Looking for catalogs for our sales? Go to illinoisbeefexpo.com/sales/ and click on the breed you are interested in for a link to their catalog. ... See MoreSee Less

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A reminder that beginning at 4:00 PM on Thursday, the traffic flow map below will be in place. Junior show cattle and tack are not allowed on the grounds until 5:00 PM on Thursday. Review stalling here: illinoisbeefexpo.com/stallings/ ... See MoreSee Less

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Walton Webcasting is once again covering the Illinois Beef Expo Junior show! You can find the coverage at www.waltonwebcasting.com/ beginning on Saturday afternoon. Thank you to our broadcast sponsors - Andis Company, American Farm Mortgage & Financial Services, Jones Show Cattle - Brandon & Cathy Jones, and Jones Cattle Company/Umbarger Show Feeds! ... See MoreSee Less

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