Wallaces Farmer

Expo highlights Iowa beef cattle

The annual Iowa Beef Expo showcases cattle producers from across the state and provides numerous contests for youth to gain skills.

Jennifer Carrico

February 27, 2023

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Simmental heifer reclines next to an orange bowl.

EXPO: A Simmental heifer relaxes in the beef barn at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines, Iowa, prior to the breed’s sale during the 2023 Iowa Beef Expo.Photos by Jennifer Carrico

The Iowa Beef Expo has showcased Iowa’s beef industry for nearly 50 years, providing a place for purebred breeders to market their stock and junior showmen to exhibit their animals.

This year’s event featured individual breed sales, the supreme drive of champion breed animals, a livestock judging contest, award presentations and the junior show. The Supreme Champion sale bull was awarded to the Angus bull, consigned by Jensen Angus Farm of Plainfield, Iowa. The Supreme Champion sale heifer was awarded to the Simmental heifer, consigned by Gerdes Show Cattle of West Point, Iowa.

The 2023 Seedstock Producer of the Year was presented to Greenman Family Angus of Garner, Iowa, and the 2023 Friend of the Iowa Beef Expo award was given to Terry Woiwood of Garner. The expo concluded with the naming of the Top 5 Junior Breeding Heifers and Market Animals. Drew Jacobson of Osceola, Iowa, showed the Grand Champion Market Animal and Sara Sullivan of Dunlap, Iowa, showed the Grand Champion Breeding Heifer.

For more information on the Iowa Beef Expo, visit iowabeefexpo.com.

About the Author(s)

Jennifer Carrico

Editor, Wallaces Farmer

Jennifer lives on a farm near Redfield, Iowa, where she runs a small cow-calf operation with her family. A 20-plus year ag journalism veteran, Jennifer has covered a wide range of agriculture issues. A graduate of Iowa State University, she has worked for local daily papers and other agriculture publishers. She came to Wallaces Farmer from the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association. She enjoys writing, managing cattle, and hearing and telling farmer stories.

Jennifer has two children. Kassidy, 21, attends Black Hawk East College, but will transfer in the fall to Oklahoma State University. Son, Klayton, attends Panorama High School where he excels in academics, sports, FFA and 4-H.

“My favorite part of being an ag journalist is to tell the story of the farmer and rancher,” she says. “The farmer and rancher do the work to make the food, fiber and fuel for everyone. I want to use our online presence to broaden that message to those off the farm.”

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