The Indiana weather remained true to tradition for this year's Hoosier Beef Congress as exhibitors were met with snow and cold temperatures. However, weather did not deter families attending the annual event at the Indiana State Fairgrounds.
Despite Mother Nature's wintry blast, the 2013 Hoosier Beef Congress saw 1,520 purebred and commercial heifers and steers pass through the show rings – 81 more than last year. A total of 157 cattle were put through the breed and all-star sales on Saturday morning.
On Friday evening, 625 exhibitors did their best in the Showmanship competition. Following showmanship, 983 juniors exhibited some of Indiana's finest show cattle on Saturday and Sunday. For those who were not in attendance, the opportunity to witness the caliber of young people presenting these calves makes one proud to be a Hoosier. They all did an outstanding job!
Congratulations to Allison Nichols of Sullivan, Ind., for Supreme Champion Heifer and Bailey Rist of LaPorte, Ind., for winning Grand Champion Steer.
"I want to thank all the beef cattle enthusiasts and allied industry partners who help to make this a very special event each year," said Joe Moore, Executive Vice President of the Indiana Beef Cattle Association. "I want to especially thank the HBC committee members, the IBCA staff, our sponsors and the many volunteers who work uncounted hours preparing for this major cattle show."
Some changes this year included live streaming of the show rings via DVAuction. With the wintery weather that occurred over the weekend, this was a great way to view the show while in the comfort of your home, as well as for those in the barns prepping cattle and kids to stay up on how the show was going.
Another positive change was moving the supply vendors closer to the cattle stalls. This allowed more room in the Exhibition Center for the trade show as well as bleachers for viewing the shows. It also put these vendors in closer proximity to the exhibitors while fitting their calves.
For complete show results, go to www.hoosierbeefcongress.com.