2017 Wisconsin State Fair Performance Steer Division Info

Those who wish to exhibit in the 2017 Wisconsin State Fair Performance Steer Division must have their steers weighed at one of the following locations:

March 4th    
Equity Livestock, Richland Center: 9 am to 10 am
Contact: Neal Anderson, 608.585.3092 

Tietz Livestock, New London: 9 to 10 am
Contact: Diane Jarvais, 715.630.0811

March 11th   
Polk County Fairgrounds, St. Croix Falls: 9 am to 10 am
Contact: Dale Woods, 715.491.4778

Milwaukee Stockyards, Reeseville: 9 to 10 am
Contact: Erica Langholff, 715.572.6688

**Please contact a Performance site coordinator in advance to confirm participation.  If you would like to participate in the performance steer division but there is not a check-in site listed within 60 miles of your residence, please contact the Wisconsin State Fair Agriculture Office via email at entryoffice@wistatefair.com or by phone at 414.266.7051 prior to March 1st.**

Eligible performance division steers must have been RFID ear tag identified and have submitted DNA through the WLIC statewide identification program by February 13th

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.

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, 2016, weighed and DNA sampled at one of the official Wisconsin State Fair beef identification sites on March 4th and 11th.  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 7th.  The Fair weight and beginning weight recorded at the official Wisconsin State Fair performance identification site (March 4th or March 11th) will be used to calculate average daily gain.
Live Show Component: Steers will show by official Fair weight on Wednesday, August 9th at 8 am.  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 10th.  If a market steer buyer is identified, exhibitors may have the option to sell directly to the potential buyer.


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

If you have any further questions please contact Wisconsin State Fair at entryoffice@wistatefair.com.

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