2021 Illinois Beef Expo Junior Show Rules

General Rules

A. All Expo Junior Show Exhibitors must be Illinois residents, currently enrolled or a graduate of an Illinois K-12 school, and their cattle must be maintained in Illinois.

B. All exhibitors must be Illinois Beef Association Junior members. Annual dues are $25 per member. Exhibitor’s membership will be verified at check-in and dues can be paid at check-in.

C. Exhibitors must be at least 8 years of age and under 22 years of age as of January 1, 2021.

D. This is a prospect show open to heifers born after September 1, 2019, or steers born after January 1, 2020.

E. 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!

F. Exhibitors must declare at check-in which breed a multi-registered animal will be shown. An animal can only be shown in one breed and division at the Expo.

G. All entries must be registered in the name of the exhibitor. The only exceptions are a sibling can show an animal in the event of a conflict with written permission before the show and for any calf purchased during the 2021 Illinois Beef Expo by a junior exhibitor. The junior exhibitor must provide the bill of sale at check in, listing the junior as the sole owner of that calf. The new owner must show the calf. These sale cattle must be checked in within one hour after the completion of the breed sale in which they were purchased. For breeds that allow multiple-owned heifers (ie: all siblings listed on registration certificate), the exhibitor must be designated at time of check-in.

H. All animals must be shown by the exhibitor in whose name they are checked in. The only exceptions are for those exhibitors with a doctor’s note excusing them from showing due to a medical issue, which must be presented at the time the animal is checked in, or if they have another animal in the opposite show ring at the same time. The animal must then be exhibited by another junior member.

I. All heifers must have health papers from a Veterinarian. Steers are not required to have health papers.

J. NO ADVANCED ENTRIES – All entries will be made at check-in on the provided entry slips. All entries are REQUIRED to check in on Friday.

K. Entry fee is $55 per head, non-refundable after entry slip is processed.

L. It is the exhibitor’s responsibility to remove all hanging ear tags, i.e. sale or farm tags prior to entering the ring. Animals will not be allowed to show with hanging farm tags. Button EID and official calfhood vaccination tags will not be removed from the ear.

M. All cattle are to be shown in their natural conformation. The addition of hair, hemp or any substance to any part of the animal is prohibited.

N. If an animal gets loose from an exhibitor three times, the exhibitor and that animal will be excused from the show ring. The show management reserves the right to excuse any exhibitor whose animal is unruly or acting in a manner that is a danger to other exhibitors.

O. Once a class begins walking, it is considered closed. Any exhibitor not in the ring at this time will have missed his or her class.

P. Breed and class premiums will be determined by breed representatives based on the number of head in each breed or class.

Q. Under age drinking on the fairgrounds will be prohibited. Two police officers will patrol the Expo on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Anyone under the age of 21 caught drinking will be barred from participating in all Illinois Beef Expo activities for two years.

R. No handbills posted in Livestock Center or barns except on provided boards in the entrance areas; violators will be fined $100.

S. Anyone found tampering with electrical outlets or breaker boxes will be barred from exhibiting at the show for two years and/or fined $250.

Breeding Females

H1. Registered heifers will be shown by age – youngest to oldest. Commercial breeding heifers will be shown by weight.

H2. Heifer classes will be offered for any breed that has at least 10 head, including but not limited to Angus, Charolais, Chianina, Commercial, Hereford, Limousin/Lim-Flex, Maine-Anjou, Mainetainers, Polled Hereford, Red Angus, Shorthorn, ShorthornPlus, Purebred Simmental, Percentage Simmental (Simmental that are less than ½ will show as AOB) and All Other Breeds (registered females with less than 10 head per breed).

H3. Exhibitors of Angus heifers must not use any coloring materials of any kind. When competing in the supreme heifer drive, exhibitors of the champion and reserve Angus heifers can use coloring agents.

H4. A maximum of 4 divisions per breed will be allowed.

H5. Due to the size of the make-up area, only the exhibitor and one other person shall accompany each breeding female into the west show ring make-up area.

H6. Breed heifers do not have to be brought to check-in. Health papers and registrations must be brought to check-in. Commercial heifers must weigh in at check-in. All champions and reserves will have tattoos and registration papers verified after they win their breed. Any animal may be subject to a spot check.

Market Animals

S1. All market animals will be shown by weight, including market heifers.

S2. Steer classes will be offered for any breed that has at least 10 head, including but not limited to: Angus, Charolais, Chianina, Hereford/Polled Hereford, Limousin, Maine Anjou/Mainetainer, Shorthorn, ShorthornPlus, Simmental (50% or higher), and All Other Breeds (registered steers with less than 10 head per breed). Steers without registration papers will show as crossbreds.

S3. Exhibitors of Angus steers must not use any coloring materials of any kind. When competing in the supreme steer drive, exhibitors of the champion and reserve Angus steers can use coloring agents.

S4. Due to the size of the make-up area, only the exhibitor and one other person shall accompany each market animal into the make-up area.

S5. Hereford steers are required to have a verified DNA profile on file with the American Hereford Association (AHA). Hereford steer exhibitors are required to present the letter from the AHA stating their steer’s DNA profile is on file with the AHA along with their steer’s registration paper at check-in.

S6. Steers will be weighed at check-in. Registration papers must be presented at check-in.


Stalls must be pre-reserved by January 15, 2021 and paid for by February 15, 2021. Any stalls not reserved and paid for by Feb. 15 will become first come, first serve to junior exhibitors upon arrival at the Illinois Beef Expo. All first come, first serve stalls must be paid for prior to 10 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 27.

Pre-reserved stalls are available in barns:
• 18A-E for $40/box stall
• 18F-G: $20/tie stall
• 20A-B, 21: $10/stall
• 25F-K: $40/box stall
• 25L-M: $10/tie stall
• 36A-36D, 36F: $10/stall
• 36E: $20/stall
• 112, 113, 118: $10/stall

Reservations must be made through Ashley Beutke (217-801-0599 or ashley.beutke@gmail.com).

B. Junior cattle are not allowed to stall or tie out in Barns 16A, 16B, 19, 114.
C. ALL Junior Show cattle must be stalled in designated barns. NO EXCEPTIONS! Cattle not stalled in designated barns or fees not paid by Saturday at 10:00 AM: exhibitor will be ineligible to show, lose their entry fees and will not be allowed to show at the Illinois Beef Expo for two years.
D. No tie-outs will be allowed outside of the barns on the fairgrounds. There will be no cleanout of livestock trailers in the parking area. Trailers should be parked in the Midway Area. Violators will be fined $100 and/or barred from event.
E. No junior show cattle are allowed on the fairgrounds and stalls are not allowed to be set up before 5 p.m. on Thursday, February 25.

Show Order

Saturday, February 27, 2021 – 10:30 AM

Ring #1 – Market Animals

  • Market Heifers
  • Simmental
  • Hereford
  • Maine
  • AOB
  • Chi
  • Shorthorn
  • ShorthornPlus
  • Angus
  • Crossbred

Ring #2 – Breeding Females

  • Horned Hereford
  • Polled Hereford
  • Shorthorn
  • ShorthornPlus
  • Red Angus
  • Charolais
  • Any other breed having 10 head or more entered
  • AOB

Sunday, February 28, 2021 – 8:00 AM

Ring #1 – Breeding Females

  • Chi
  • Mainetainer
  • Purebred Simmental
  • Percentage Simmental

Ring #2 – Breeding Females

  • Commercial
  • Angus