2021 Illinois Beef Expo Junior Show Rules

Open to Illinois Juniors Only - Please read all of the rules before attending.

2021 Schedule of Events

Sunday, March 7
8:00 am ……………………….… Early Virtual Check-In Opens ($55/head per ring)
(visit www.illinoisbeefexpo.com for more information)

Thursday, March 11
11:59 pm ………………………...Early Virtual Check in ends. Any cattle checked-in after this deadline will pay an increased entry fee.

Friday, March 12
8:00 am………………………… Exhibitors may begin arriving (no marking of stalls or trailer space is allowed prior to this)
12:00 pm - 4:30 pm…….……….Trade Show Open
4:00 pm………………………….. Late Check-in ends ($75/head per ring).
ALL CATTLE MUST BE VIRTUALLY CHECKED-IN BY 4:00PM ON FRIDAY.
No check-ins will be accepted after this!
4:00pm-6:00pm………………… Steer and Heifer Exhibitor card pick-up.
Any exhibitors with stall fees or IBA dues still needing to be paid will need to do so at this time.

Saturday, March 13

7:30am - 8:30am………………. Steer and Heifer Exhibitor card pick-up.
Any exhibitors with stall fees or IBA dues still needing to be paid will need to do so at this time.
8:00 am - 4:30 pm …………….. Trade Show Open
9:00am………………………….. Ring A Steer Show begins (with breed steers alphabetically by breed, followed by AOB Steers, followed by Crossbred, followed by Market Heifers), Ring B will begin just as soon as Champion Angus steer is completed in Ring A
** Steers are released to leave at the conclusion of the steer show**
3:00pm-6:00pm……...…………. Heifer Exhibitor Card Pick Up continues.
Any exhibitors with stall fees or IBA dues still needing to be paid will need to do so at this time.

Sunday, March 14
6:30am - 7:30am………………. Heifer Exhibitor card pick-up.
8:00 am - 2:00 pm …………….. Trade Show Open
8:00am………………………….. Ring A Heifer Show begins (with breed heifers alphabetically by breed, followed by AOB Heifers, followed by Commercial), Ring B will begin just as soon as Champion Angus heifer is completed in Ring A.

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 when picking up exhibitor numbers .

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. Exhibitors are expected to have original registration papers for verification purposes with them at the show 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. 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 exhibitor numbers are picked up, 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 pre-entries are accepted for the 2021 Illinois Beef Expo. All check-in will occur virtually. Early virtual check-in will be open from Sunday, March 8th at 8:00am until Thursday, March 11th at 11:59pm. Early virtual check-in entries are $55/head per ring. Late virtual check-in will continue until Friday, March 12th at 4:00pm. Late virtual check-in entries are $75/head per ring. All animals MUST be checked in by 4:00 pm on Friday March 12. NO CHECK-IN WILL OCCUR IN-PERSON AT THE SHOW. A link to the virtual check-in form will be posted on the Illinois Beef Expo web site and Illinois Beef Expo Facebook page. If internet access is a problem for you, please feel free to call the Junior Show Coordinators for assistance with check-in during the set time frame. Exhibitor Number cards can be picked up at the show on Friday from 4:00pm until 6:00pm (Heifers and Steers), Saturday from 7:30am until 8:30am (Heifers and Steers), 3:00 pm until 6:00 pm (Heifers Only) and Sunday from 6:30am until 7:30am (Heifers Only). At this time IBA dues and Stalling fees will need to be paid (if applicable).

K. Entry fee is $55/head per ring if virtually checked-in prior to Thursday, March 11th at 11:59pm. After this late virtual check-ins will be accepted until 4:00pm on Friday, March 12th at the rate of $75/head per ring. Entry fees are 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 and junior show representatives based on the number of head in each breed or class.

Q. Under age drinking on the fairgrounds will be prohibited. 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 are allowed to be posted in Expo Gardens barns; 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.

T. Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, our priority always has, and always will be, the health and well-being of our exhibitors, vendors, volunteers and staff. Exhibitors and attendees of the 2021 Illinois Beef Expo will be expected to follow all rules and regulations put forth by the Illinois Beef Expo Board of Directors and Expo Gardens at a date closer to the event.

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 7 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 7 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. Safety of our junior exhibitors is our number one priority. To help maintain physical distancing of our crowds, only the exhibitor and one other person shall accompany each breeding female into the make-up area.

H6. No heifers need to physically be checked in at the show. All check-in will occur virtually to help accommodate physical distancing. A copy of breed heifers’ registration papers will be required at virtual check-in. Commercial heifer exhibitors will need to declare a weight at virtual check-in. All breed 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, lightest to heaviest.

S2. Steer classes will be offered for any breed that has at least 7 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 7 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.Safety of our junior exhibitors is our number one priority. To help maintain physical distancing of our crowds, 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. No steers need to be physically checked-in at the show. All check-in will occur virtually to help accommodate physical distancing. A copy of breed steers’ registration papers will be required at virtual check-in. All steer exhibitors will need to declare a weight at virtual check-in. All breed champion and reserve steers will be required to weigh after their respective breed wins, and must make a 5% weigh-back.

Stalling

A. Stalling for approximately 160 head (and tack) is available in the barns at the rate of $10/stall. Stalls in Barns 2 & 3 are available on a first come, first serve basis- No pre-reservations of stalls is needed for these barns. Billing for these stalls will occur upon picking up your exhibitor numbers. Barns 1, 4 and 5 can be pre-reserved in bulk (½ barn) by calling Ashley Beutke at 217-801-0599 by March 1st. These reservations will need to be paid prior to the show. NO BEDDING WILL BE PROVIDED - PLEASE PLAN ACCORDINGLY! All stalls MUST be cleaned completely prior to leaving the fairgrounds. Dumpsters will be available outside of the stalling barns.

B. ALL Junior Show cattle must be stalled in designated barns or in the designated trailer lot. NO EXCEPTIONS! Fees for indoor stalling not paid by Sunday at 7:30 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.

C. Trailer stalling is encouraged to promote physical distancing. All trailer stalls MUST be cleaned completely before leaving the fairgrounds. Dumpsters will be provided in the trailer lot.

D. No junior show cattle, setting up of stalls or reserving of stalls is allowed on the fairgrounds prior to 8:00am on Friday, March 12, 2021. No exceptions!

Show Order

Saturday, March 13, 2021- Steer Show

Ring A (Judge: Shane Meier) will begin promptly at 9:00am , Ring B (Judge: Jon Declerck) will begin as soon as the first breed concludes in Ring A:

● Market Heifers

● Steer Breeds alphabetically (beginning with Angus)

● AOB Steers

● Crossbred Steers

● Top Five Steer Selection in Ring A, followed by Ring B

Sunday, March 14, 2021- Heifer Show

Ring A (Judge: Jon Declerck) will begin promptly at 8:00am , Ring B (Judge: Shane Meier) will begin as soon as the first breed concludes in Ring A.

● Heifer Breeds alphabetically (beginning with Angus)

● AOB Heifers

● Commercial Heifers

● Top Five Heifer Selection in Ring A, followed by Ring B