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Beef Expo is for families and friends to renew relationships

By Jean Caspers-Simmet

simmet@agrinews.com

DES MOINES — Wes Ruby and his dad, Mike, were smiling at last week’s Iowa Beef Expo at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines. Their bull, R & R Century Mr. Button 535, was reserve grand champion bull in the Angus Show, and the bull sold for $8,000 in the Angus sale.

"We were very happy with that," Mike said.

Mike, his wife, Sandy, and their sons, Wes and Ty, run R & R Stock Farm, near Greene. The family runs a 75-cow herd of mostly purebred Angus with a few crossbreds.

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Wes has been showing Angus since he was four.

Wes, 18, is president of the Iowa Junior Angus Association. He enjoys showing at the state and national level and has attended leadership conferences.

"The first year we had to twist his arm a little bit, but now he won’t miss it," Mike said.

Wes said Mr. Button has done well. He has won a champion and several reserves. His dam was reserve grand champion female at the Iowa Open Preview, and she and her first calf were grand champion cow/calf pair at the Iowa State Fair. The bull’s sister was reserve division champion at the National Junior Angus Show in Denver in 2005.

Mike said the Iowa Beef Expo is a tradition for his family, something they look forward to each year. He and Sandy first came in 1989.

Wes and Ty also showed in the Junior Show over the weekend.

Mike said corn prices were the hot topic.

"Everyone is wondering how the corn market is going to affect the cattle market near term and long term," Mike said. "We have to look at cattle that are more efficient, gain a little faster and get to town a little faster so we utilize the corn a little more efficiently."

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Ted Greiman, Garner, had hoped his bull, Greimans Freedom 165, would do well at the Iowa Beef Expo, and he wasn’t disappointed. The bull was senior bull calf champion, and he sold for $5,500.

"He’s a good quality bull, one of the best we’ve raised in quite a while," Greiman said. "We hoped he’d sell well and we were pleased."

Greiman said the bull was reserve champion in his division at the Iowa State Fair, won his class at the National Junior Angus Show and was reserve champion in the state summer show.

"He was just a year old the end of December and to do that well that early in his life is a feather in our hat," Greiman said.

Greiman, his wife, Mary, and their sons, Kyle and Cole, have a herd of 20 Angus cows and another four to five ET calves in partnership with other breeders.

Greiman said he’s been coming to Iowa Beef Expo since it started.

Kyle Greiman, 15, said he was looking forward to the weekend’s junior show.

"What I like about showing is winning and meeting other people," he said with a grin.

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