2015 WI State Fair Performance Steer Information


 2015 Wisconsin State Fair Performance Steer Division

Exhibitors must have their steers weighed at one of the following locations:

March 7, 2015 Equity Livestock (Richland Center) – 9 to 10 am Contact: Neal Anderson – 608.583.3092

March 14, 2015 Tietz Livestock (New London) – 9 to 10 am Contact: Diane Jarvais – 715.630.0811
March 14, 2015 Equity Livestock (Altoona) – 9 to 10 am Contact: Brandon Boettcher – 715.533.2470
March 14, 2015 Milwaukee Stockyards (Reeseville) – 9 to 10 am Contact: Brian Bolan – 608.576.7312

Eligible performance division steers must have been DNA/RFID ear tag identified for Wisconsin State Fair through the WLIC statewide identification program by February 9th.  Do NOT go to a Performance Weigh-In Site without the official RFID tag (submitted by February 9th) placed in the steer(s) ear(s).

2015 Wisconsin State Fair Performance Steer Entry Information

Live Show Judging:  Tuesday, August 11 following the Junior breeding female show.   This program emphasizes the exhibitor’s ability to select and raise steers which will be evaluated on average daily gain, ultra-sound carcass merit and visual appraisal.   QUALIFICATIONS 1) Steers must be entered in the Performance Steer Division on the Wisconsin State Fair Junior Entry Form.  Performance steers are eligible to exhibit in the market steer show with an additional entry fee and appropriate entry on the junior entry form. 2) Steers must be born after January 1, 2014, weighed and DNA sampled at one of the official Wisconsin State Fair beef identification sites on March 7th and 14th.  See http://www.wistatefair.com/pdfs/competitions/entry_info/beef_performance_sites.pdf for locations and details.  An unlimited number of steers per exhibitor may be weighed and identified but no more than 2 may be exhibited in the Performance Division at the Fair.  Performance steers are subject to all rules for drug residue and unethical practices listed in the Junior Beef section as well as the “Junior General Rules and Regulations” section located on www.wistatefair.com. 3) Overall placing will be based on 40% average daily gain, 20% on live show visual appraisal and 40% ultrasound carcass evaluation.  Rate of Gain Component: Steers will be weighed at the Fair on Monday, August 10th.  The Fair weight and beginning weight recorded at the official Wisconsin State Fair performance identification site (March 7th or March 14th) will be used to calculate average daily gain. Live Show Component: Steers will show by official Fair weight.  No adhesives, paints, waxes, saddle soaps or like products can be used.  The top steers in the live show will be selected from the top two placing in each class. Ultrasound Carcass Component:  Ultrasound data will be collected at the Fair.  Steers will be evaluated on estimates of USDA yield and quality grades which determine carcass value.  These grades will be estimated by using ultrasound to measure 12th rib fat thickness, rib eye area and marbling score.  Value-Based Beef Carcass Evaluation favors carcasses which grade USDA Choice or higher and USDA Yield Grade 2 and lower. 4) The Performance Competition is non-terminal; therefore, performance steers must be taken home when released on Thursday, August 13th.  If a perspective market steer buyer is identified, exhibitors may have the option to sell directly to the potential buyer.   AWARDS/PREMIUMS (Straight placing)

Grand Champion Overall $300 & Banner
Reserve Grand Champion Overall $250 & Banner
3rd Overall $200 & Rosette
4th Overall $150 & Rosette
5th Overall $100 & Rosette
6th – 10th Overall $50 & Rosette
Champion Average Daily Gain $200 & Plaque
Reserve Champion Average Daily Gain $100 & Plaque
Champion Ultrasound Carcass $200 & Plaque
Reserve Champion Ultrasound Carcass $100 & Plaque
Champion Live Show $200 & Plaque
Reserve Champion Live Show $100 & Plaque


11th – 20th  21st – 30th  31st – 40th  41st and up
$23 $22 $21 $20

If you have any further questions please contact Wisconsin State Fair via email at entryoffice@wistatefair.com or call Brian Bolan, Agriculture Director, at 414.266.7050.

To view this email on the Wisconsin State Fair website, please go to:  http://us6.campaign-archive2.com/?u=3358543c72375943313eecbfd&id=f2143341d6&e=0a5110069e

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