2019 Illinois Beef Expo Junior Show Rules

General Rules

A. All Expo Junior Show Exhibitors must be Illinois residents and their cattle must be maintained in Illinois.

B. All exhibitors must be Illinois Beef Association Junior members. Annual dues are $25 per member. Exhibitors must have a membership verification card when checking in their cattle.

B. Exhibitors must be at least 8 years of age and under 21 years of age as of January 1, 2019.

C. This is a prospect show open to heifers born after September 1, 2017, or steers born after January 1, 2018.

D. 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!

E. 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.

F. All entries must be registered in the name of the exhibitor. The only registration exception is for any calf purchased during the 2019 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.

G. 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.

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

I. 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.

J. Entry fee is $45 per head, non-refundable after entry slip is processed.

K. All hanging ear tags, i.e. sale or farm tags, will be removed from animals at time of check-in. Button EID and official calfhood vaccination tags will not be removed from the ear.

L. 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. M. 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.

N. 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.

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

P. 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.

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

R. 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. If a heifer’s registration paper has been tattoo verified and stamped by a national breed association representative, the exhibitor is allowed to bring their entry slip, STAMPED registration paper, health paper, and IJBA membership verification directly to the animal check-in table. This is the ONLY exception for anyone to not bring their animal through the chutes during the check-in process.

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 correct 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.


A. Junior stalls are first come, first serve in Barns 20A-B, 21, 25L-M, 36 A-F, 112, and 113. Barns 25 L-M will pay $10 per stall.

B. Pre-reserved stalls are available in Barns 18A-G and 25F-K. Reservations must be made through Julie Blunier (309-634-1876). Open stalls are $20 each. Box stalls are $40 each.

C. Junior cattle are not allowed to stall or tie out in Barns 16A, 16B, 19, 114, and 118.

D. 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.

E. 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.

F. 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 21.

Show Order

Saturday, February 23, 2019 – 1:30 PM

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 24, 2019 – 8:00 AM

Ring #1 – Breeding Females

  • Commercial
  • Angus

Ring #2 – Breeding Females

  • Chi
  • Mainetainer
  • Purebred Simmental
  • Percentage Simmental

Judges: TBA