Minnesota Beef Expo expands
ST. PAUL — The Minnesota Beef Expo is growing. More than 850 cattle were exhibited at the show. That number has grown so much that for the first time, organizers stalled some cattle in the horse barn at the Minnesota State Fair grounds because the...
ST. PAUL — The Minnesota Beef Expo is growing. More than 850 cattle were exhibited at the show. That number has grown so much that for the first time, organizers stalled some cattle in the horse barn at the Minnesota State Fair grounds because the cattle barn was full. Though finding room for everyone was a challenge, it was an encouraging development, said Jamie Purfeerst, event superintendent.
"We made it fit," Purfeerst said. "It is fun to see it get bigger."
Much of the growth has come from an increasing number of cattle exhibitors from outside Minnesota, Purfeerst said. As word spreads, more exhibitors are coming from South Dakota, Wisconsin, North Dakota and Iowa. Purfeerst doesn’t mind.
"Our goal is to keep making this bigger and better," Purfeerst said. "We started with ideas and this has morphed into a great show."
Youth get the spotlight on the second day of the Expo, which is traditionally held over MEA weekend. This year was no different, with hundreds of youth competing in fitting, judging and showmanship contests.
1st place team:Cool Cowgirls (Madison Krause, Audrey Redalen, Makenzie Krause and Cora Meyer)
2nd place team:3 Muskateers (Braeden Kor, Aiden Hiniker, Joseph Kor and Matt Weber)
1st place individual:Breeze Bunker
2nd place individual:Matt Weber
1st place team:I Don’t Care (Jens Lind, Miranda Nesler, Jamie Geyer and Hannah Wetzel)
2nd place team:The Beef Masters (Baleigh Peterson, Lily Dose, Jordan Mueller and Zoe Ruchmmeier)
1st place individual:Shade Bunker
2nd place individual:Jamie Geyer
Grade 9-Age 21
1st place team:Team Ramrod (Kaitlin Geyer, Jackson Neil, Amy Beckstrand and Mallory Carlson)
2nd place team:Rice County #1 (Cal Schultz, Lexi Wetzel, Hank Schultz and Mikayla Wetzel)
1st place individual:Abby Penzstadler
2nd place individual:Thomas Netzke
Champion:DeGroot Lyndorf (Tyler DeGroot, Tucker DeGroot, Shayna DeGroot and Colin Lyndorf)
Reserve Champion:Beef Expo Plumbing Service (Addison Boesl, Thomas Netzke, Christian Netzke and Riley Johnson)
Supreme Champion Female & Champion Shorthorn:Steck Cherri C401 exhibited by Shayna DeGroot
Reserve Supreme Champion Female & Champion Shorthorn Plus:Taylor’s Miss Gemma 320 exhibited by Ross Anderson
3rd Overall Female & Champion Foundation Simmental:Hook’s Bella B72 exhibited by Whitney Olson
4th Overall Female Champion Angus:MJP Purfreest Proven Qn 502 exhibited by Dylan Miner
5th Overall Female Champion Maine Anjou:Baal Generally Fancee exhibited by Abi Henderson
Supreme Champion Prospect & Champion Crosbred Steer exhibited by Tyler Trihus
Reserve Supreme Prospect & Champion Simmental Steer exhibited by Abi Henderson
3rd Overall Prospect & Champion Prospect Heifer exhibited by Trevor Bormann
4th Overall Prospect & Reserve Crossbred Steer exhibited by Aaron Suhr
5th Overall Prospect & Reserve Prospect Heifer exhibited by Julia Borst
Market Beef Results
Champion Market Beef exhibited by Truman Chamness
Reserve Champion Market Beef exhibited by Lacey Schmitz