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[JULY 14, 2004]  URBANA -- One of the highlights of the 2004 Illinois State Fair Junior Beef Show is the Performance Cow-Calf Class. This class provides the most expensive and elaborate award presented at the Illinois State Fair. In addition, it provides one of the most lucrative premiums offered at the fair.

Implemented at the 2003 fair was the division of the show into two age groups with winners competing for their age champion. The classes are divided into the Young Cow Division, comprising 2- and 3-year-old females, and the Aged Division, made up of the 4-year-old and older females. This is a change from the 2-year-olds comprising one class and all the other females in the mature cow class.

Historically, the silver punch bowl awarded to the grand champion cow was one of the most expensive and impressive awards of the Illinois State Fair. For 2004 there will be two silver awards presented, with one of these for the grand champion young cow and one for the grand champion aged cow. As in the past, rules will limit the possibility of any exhibitor of cows winning these more than once in a lifetime.

Special recognition needs to be given to supporters of the Performance Cow-Calf Class. The late Fred Killam from Jacksonville was a major force behind the development and continuation of the class. Killam obtained the seed money from commercial firms in Illinois to initially pay the premiums and buy the silver punch bowl set. Recently, the Illinois State Fair picked up the premium for this class, with the trophy being jointly funded by funds generated by Killam and the Illinois Beef Association. The Fred Killam family, under the leadership of Bill Killam of Lake Forest, a former exhibitor in the ISF Junior Beef Show, will continue to provide support for the 2004 Performance Cow-Calf trophies.


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Exhibitors planning to show in the 2004 class should remember that there is a Jan. 1, 2004, ownership requirement. Also, cows must show with their most recent natural calf at side. Cows whose most recent calf is a weaned bull are not eligible to show. Age spread for the calf at side is from Aug. 15 the preceding year for fall-born calves and extending up to a calf born just before the current Illinois State Fair.

Another plus for the Performance Cow-Calf Class is that heifer calves at side born from Jan. 1 to March 31 of current year are eligible to show in their breed's (or AOB) heifer show, thus providing the opportunity to obtain additional premiums for the pair. In addition, a special accommodation of the class is that the pairs are released at the completion of the show on Thursday.

Exhibitors wanting additional information should contact Dave Seibert, superintendent of the ISF Junior Beef Show and animal systems educator with University of Illinois Extension, (309) 694-7501, ext. 224.

[University of Illinois news release]

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