April 16, 2021

Ellerbrock exhibits grand champion steer at 2021 Illinois Beef Expo

PEORIA, Ill. — Ten breed champions vied for the Grand Champion Market Animal title at the 2021 Illinois Beef Expo in Peoria.

Kashen Ellerbrock, Atkinson, led his Champion Chianina Steer to the banner. A total of 185 head were exhibited in the junior steer show.

There was a two-ring show format to allow exhibitors to show cattle twice in one weekend. Ring A was open to both in-state and out-of-state exhibitors, while Ring B was only open to in-state exhibitors.

Judge Shane Meier, Stonewall, Texas, evaluated the entries in Ring A, and Judge Jon DeClerk, College Station, Texas, evaluated Ring B.

Meier selected Champion Crossbred Steer shown by Nalaney Guyer, Robinson, as Reserve Grand Champion Steer in Ring A. Third Overall Steer was the Reserve Champion Crossbred Steer shown by Max Bedeker, Seneca.

Kade Gensini, Hennepin, exhibited his Reserve Champion Crossbred Steer for Fourth Overall. Fifth Overall Steer was the Champion Simmental Steer shown by Jacob Bressne, Graymont.

Also competing for the Grand Champion Steer title in Ring A were:

• Champion Angus Steer exhibited by Cole Caldwell, Elmwood.

• Champion Hereford Steer exhibited by Kinnick Paulsen, Preston, Iowa.

• Champion Maine Steer exhibited by Carter Preston, Reynolds.

• Champion Shorthorn Steer exhibited by Kylie Saathoff, Manteno.

• Champion Shorthorn Plus Steer exhibited by John Lukach, Streator.

• Champion AOB Steer exhibited by Shae Varner, Mazon.

• Champion Market Heifer exhibited by Allison Loftis, Medina, Ohio.

DeClerk selected Champion Crossbred Steer shown by Nalaney Guyer, Robinson, as Reserve Grand Champion Steer in Ring B. Third Overall Steer was the Reserve Champion Crossbred Steer shown by Kade Gensini, Hennepin.

Keegan Murphy, Seneca, exhibited his Maine Steer for Fourth Overall. Fifth Overall Steer was the Third Overall Crossbred Steer shown by Colton Baudino, Mazon.

Also competing for the Grand Champion Steer title in Ring B were:

• Champion Angus Steer exhibited by Christian Fischer, Freeport.

• Champion Hereford Steer exhibited by Amber Lee, Durand.

• Champion Shorthorn Steer exhibited by Kylie Saathoff, Manteno.

• Champion Shorthorn Plus Steer exhibited by Koby Kearns, Winslow.

• Champion Simmental Steer exhibited by Madeline Nightingale, Orion.

• Champion AOB Steer exhibited by Shae Varner, Mazon.

• Champion Market Heifer exhibited by Tyson Gillespie, Toulon.

Platinum sponsors of the 2021 Illinois Beef Expo were Compeer Financial, Earlybird Nutrition, Show-Rite and Stephens Trailer Sales.

Gold sponsors were QH Simmentals, Edge Animal Nutrition, Hopedale Agri Center, Illinois Farm Bureau, Midwest Genetics, SC Online Sales, Show Cattle Connection and Toenyes Livestock.