Fair’s Beef Show Encourages Intense Competition

NEBRASKA CITY – The Otoe County Fair’s beef show added a parade of champions this year and named supreme champions from both 4-H and FFA exhibitors.

Beef show superintendent Ryan Beach said the parade of champions gave the audience a chance to learn more about the animals and the exhibitors’ favorite fair experience.

Beach: “We brought back a little bit of history that they used to do back in the ‘70s and ‘80s, when they used to parade all the champions. We wanted to kind of implement that back into the beef show for something a little bit new.”

Morgan Leefers showed the supreme breeding beef and credited her family for helping this summer.

Leefers: “We actually have a Simmental herd, so she’s going to go back and have a baby in the winter time. So, it really builds up our herd and it’s really going to help us in the future.”

Elizabeth Johnson got her steer last October and worked with him all summer after she returned home from Northwest Missouri State College.

She said she intends to make beef shows a lifetime thrill.

Johnson: “I want to. It’s something I want my kids to do I the future. Yeah, for sure. I’m going to be an agriculture teacher, so I get to see future generations show and hopefully continue.”


Judge Kendall Steines called the market heifer shown by Landon Ferguson “ready to go” and said Cadyn  Sisco’s yearling Angus was “ultra femine in her look.”

The judge said the commercial heifer was “big footed and heavy structured” and said Leefers’ champion was a “balanced, high-powered female.”

Dalton Leefers showed the champion market  steer and Sam Goering the reserve.

Jason Stukenholtz showed the champion British breed market steer.

The judge said Stukenholtz’s Hereford “is right in terms of finish” but left his highest praise for Johnson’s supreme champion.

“It’s a calf that presents a show steer image,” he said. “It is most exciting in term of shape and dimension.”