Joe Moore is knowledgeable about meats, especially beef. He's an educator and promoter of beef dishes by trade. Currently, he's the executive vice-president of the Indiana Beef Cattle Association. He succeeded Julia Wickard, still a cattle producer, who resigned the post over a year ago to become director of the Indiana Farm Service Agency in Indiana.
Moore was once again impressed with the Hoosier Beef Congress, which completed its 34th run on Dec.5. Cattle numbers were up, with 837 purebred and commercial heifers entered, plus 555 purebred and crossbred steers, and 139 cattle that went through breed and all-star sales on Saturday of the event. That's a total of 1, 532 cattle brought to Indianapolis in the dead of winter. The popular show was held in the West Pavilion of the Indiana State Fairgrounds while winter featured both cold and snow outside.
"Who could have predicted the current state of this cattle show when the visionaries began to plan the first one 25 years ago?" Moore asks. "It's a credit to them and to all who work hard along the way it make this truly what it is today."
Moore complemented the quality of not only the cattle, but also of the kids who show in Indianapolis. Other events during the Congress besides cattle shows are also head to encourage student participation during the event including a judging contest for members on Saturday morning.
Here's how the top winners shook out at this year's preview shows, For heifers, in first place was the Supreme Champion, a commercial heifer, shown by Becca Chamberlin of Winchester. Emily Sennett, Waynetown, took second. Third, fourth and fifth went, respectively, to Kyle Blanding, Wolcott, with a percentage Simmental, Emilee Kottkamp, from Clayton in Hendricks County, and Caleb Smith, Whitestown, showing an Angus heifer.
On the steer side, in shows conducted Sunday, top winners were Grand Champion Steer, shown by Austin Miles, New Washington. Miles has also show the grand champion steer at the Indiana State Fair in 2009. Other Hoosier Beef Congress winners include Bailey Farrer, Reserve champion, also with a crossbred, Royal Center, Laine Rader Delphi, with a Chianina steer, placing third overall, Haley Fulk, Lowell, with a Charolais steer, placing fourth overall; and Samantha Brooks, Corunna, placing fifth with a Maine- Anjou steer.
You can find complete show results for the 2010 Hoosier Beef Congress at: www.hoosierbeefcongress.com.