“Slick-Shorn” Steers Return to State Fair 4-H Beef Show

Mankato Times

A new “Slick-Shorn” division was added to the 4-H Market Beef Show at the Minnesota State Fair in 2016, and will return for 2017, according to Kent Thiesse, MN State Fair 4-H Beef Show Coordinator. The “Slick-Shorn” market steer division was quite popular in 2016, resulting in 24 entries for the first year. Thiesse expects even more entries in this newer division in 2017.

Thiesse indicated that the new “Slick-Shorn” division was added to give 4-H members another exhibit alternative in the 4-H market beef show, and to have a market beef division that is representative of the commercial feedlot industry in the State. He said that to his knowledge, Minnesota was the first State Fair in the Midwest to offer this type of 4-H market beef division.

The “Slick-Shorn” market steer shows have been quite popular in Texas and other Southern States in recent years, including at major livestock shows in Houston and San Antonio.

A Champion and Reserve Champion will be named in the “Slick-Shorn” market steer division at the Minnesota State Fair, and those steers will compete for the 4-H Market Beef Championship, and are eligible for the 4-H Purple Ribbon Auction.

The Market Beef Show at the State Fair will be held on Friday, August 25, starting at 7:30 AM, in the Coliseum, with the “4-H Beef Show Championship” to follow that same day at 2:00 PM. The State Fair 4-H Breeding Beef Show will be on Thursday, August 24, starting at 1:00 PM, in AgStar Arena.

For more details on State Fair 4-H activities go to: http://www.extension.umn.edu/youth/mn4-H/state-fair/

Cover photo: Kaysie Allen and her Champion Slick Steer

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