August 5, 2014


Contact:   Doug Bear, Director of Industry Relations, (515) 296-2305 or


Governor’s Charity Steer Show celebrates 32nd year at Iowa State Fair


AMES, IOWA –The 2014 Governor's Charity Steer Show will to mark the 32nd consecutive year the beef industry has raised funds to help families who utilize the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Iowa while their children are being treated for serious conditions.


This year, the show ring competition takes place Saturday, Aug. 9, at 4:00 p.m., in the Pioneer Livestock Pavilion at the Iowa State Fair when celebrities will lead 25 steers around the ring, vying for the championship designation, as well as appealing to the crowd for a showmanship award. Immediately following the competition the steers will be sold at auction with proceeds going to the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Iowa. Both the show ring event and the auction are open to the general public.


Since the Iowa Beef Industry Council and the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association began the Governor’s Charity Steer Show in 1983, the effort has raised more than $2.2 million for the Des Moines, Iowa City and Sioux City Ronald McDonald House Charities. The houses provide a "home away from home" for families of seriously‑ill children being treated in area hospitals.


Many participants are involved in this 32nd anniversary event. Governor Terry Branstad will again host the show. Charlie Peters of Bellevue will serve as the official steer show judge for this year’s event and Mark Dorenkamp has been selected to serve as the event’s Showmanship Judge. Emcees for the event include Bob Quinn of WHO Radio and Michelle Rook of WNAX Radio. The auctioneer is Phil Schooley from Bloomfield Livestock Market and helping him catch bids in the ring are Tom Rooney of The Midwest Marketer, Mike Sorensen of Livestock Plus and Jason Lekin from Tama Livestock Auction.


In addition, the Iowa Beef Industry Council and Iowa Cattlemen’s Association will welcome a special guest, U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman at the Governor’s Charity Steer Show.


To date, here are the steer owners and the celebrity showing their steer.



Steer Owners

Shown by

Tori Freeman, Corydon

Governor Terry Branstad

Ben Von Glan, Vail

Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds

Kaylee Snyder, Bloomfield

Rick Heller, University of Iowa Baseball Coach

Caleb Burke, Altoona

Jerry Parkin, IowaState Fair Board of Directors

Leah Breon, Oskaloosa

Jackie Schmillen, KCWI Great Day

Leah Vierkandt, Alden

Bruce Nelson, 2014 ANF Wall of Honor Recipient

Garrett Longnecker, Ames

Dr. Rob Denson, President, DMACC

Kole Kimberley, Maxwell

Sandy Hatfield-Clubb, Director of Athletics, DrakeUniversity

Tanner Knupp, Washington

Mike Pearson, Host of Market to Market

Taylor Lekin, Toldeo

Scott and Cora Lahr family

Libby Janssen, Wellsburg

Dr. Bill Ruud, President, University of Northern Iowa

Bailey Christensen, Adel

Dr. Steven Leath, President, IowaStateUniversity

Landra McClellan, Armstrong

Suzy Fife, Miss Rodeo Iowa 2014

Kelli Wicks, Rockford

Bill Northey, Iowa Secretary of Agriculture

Max Teno, Albia

Jessica VerSteeg, 2014 Miss IowaUnited States

Jacob Donohoe, Parnell

Bob Sinclair, CEO, Sinclair Tractor

Kendrick Suntken, Belmond

Alan Brown, President, IowaState Fair Board

Kaitlyn & Kasidy Mohwinkle, Aplington

Joni Ernst, U.S. Senate Candidate

Carlee Ewoldt, Dysart

Chris Soules, As Seen on the Bachelorette

Katie Morris, Centerville

Pete Miller, VP of Co-Product Sales, Grain Processing Corp.

Nicole Lange, Harlan

Bob Bowman, President, Iowa Corn Promotion Board

Taylor Noonan, Solon

John Burchert, Owner, Iowa Chop House

Dylan Madden, Alden

Erik Wheater, WHO-TV Channel 13 News

Korey Vogel, Granger

Dr. Tim Collision, Collison Embryo

Austin Waller, Bernard

Carlee Kelly, Miss Teen Rodeo Iowa 2014


Any individual or business interested in participating in future shows, can contact Doug Bear at IBIC, 515‑296-2305. Special thanks to EDJE for printing the Governor’s Charity Steer Show promotional brochures for this year’s event.




Editor’s Note:  The following pages include information on steer show sponsors. Please review the list to find sponsors that your readers, viewers or listeners may know.


About the Iowa Beef Industry Council:  The Iowa Beef Industry Council is funded by the $1-per-head beef checkoff.  Checkoff dollars are invested in beef promotion, consumer information, research, industry information and foreign market development, all with the purpose of strengthening beef demand.  For more information, visit


About the Iowa Cattlemen's Association:  The Iowa Cattlemen’s Association represents more than 10,000 beef-producing families and associated companies dedicated to the future of Iowa’s beef industry. ICA’s mission is “Grow Iowa’s beef business through advocacy, leadership and education.”



Steer Sponsors

Iowa Beef Industry Council & Iowa Cattlemen’s Association

Crawford CountyCattlemen & Tyson Fresh Foods

Davis County Beef Promoters including Success Bank, Lynch Law, Northside Ins, Keith’s Foods, Community 1st Credit Union, Crop Service, Swaim Farm, Kincart Physical Therapy, Dave Hopkins, Doug & Jo Lynne Davis, Hoskins Elevator, Davis County Hospital, Batterson Red Angus, Davis Co Tire, Titan Soil, Darin Westhoff, Jarr Cattle, Bank of the West, Dicky Bish, Farm Bureau Ins, Troy Elevator, Kirk & Rhonda Rodgers, Fabius Creek Lamb and Bloomfield Livestock Market.

Burke’s Outsourcing and Returns

Southern Iowa Merchants including Bank Iowa, Bates Funeral Chapel, Crop Production Service – Gibson, Denburger Farms, Farm Credit Services of America, Garland Van Arkel Langkamp Funeral Chapel, Krueger Seed – Dennis Antolik, Mahaska County Cattlemen, Mahaska Veterinary Clinic, Mark & Janine Moore, McGriff’s of New Sharon, Midwest One Bank, Knoxville Regional Livestock Market, State Bank of Bussey and Tru Bank.

Iowa Farm Bureau Federation

Des MoinesAreaCommunity College

Dee Zee Inc

Iowa Banker’s Association

Volunteer Boards of Iowa Ronald McDonald House Charities

McDonald’s of Eastern Iowa

McDonald’s of Mid-Iowa

McDonald’s of Northwest Iowa

FloydCounty Cattlemen and Friends of FloydCounty

Monroe County Cattlemen and Supporters including Adams A/B Co, AgriVision, Ajinomoto Ag Products, Albia Animal Clinic, Albia Brewing Company, Appanoose County Livestock, B&B Equipment, Beary Farms, Belzer Implement, Bettis Construction - Jeff Bettis, Bogie's Steakhouse, CD & Mary Lou Curran, Central States Cattle Co, Centerville Produce, Channel Seed, Chiropractic Health Center, Community 1st Credit Union, Crawford Insurance, Crop Production Services/Tyler Shelquist, David Spurgin/Hawkeye Box and Pallet, Denny and Carolyn Ryan Family, Duea Motor Co, Falvey Lumber, Feehan's Pub, First Iowa State Bank, Gardner Crop Insurance, Garver's Animal Health, Goff & Nash - Napa Auto Parts - Frank Tharp, Goodlow Law Firm, Greiner Implement Co, Inc., H&S Feed and Country Store of Oskaloosa, Hawkeye Farm Management - Alan Ammons, Herbold Cattle Company, Hindman Bros. Show Lambs - Mike & Mark Hindman, Homestead Assisted Living of Albia, Honey Creek Resort, Hoop Beef, Huber Farms, Indian Hills Inn, Insurance World Agency/Kim Howie, J&K Tire Repair & Sales, Jim & Charlie’s Affiiated Foods, Jim and Carter Koffman, Joe and Barb Crall Family, Joe and Kris Knowles, John and Lois Knowles, John and Patty Judge, John Knowles Cattle, Jordon & Stephanie Haywood Family, Justen & Jenny Murphy Family, KIIC Radio, Kenneth and Helen Shepard, Kness Manufacturing, Knoxville Regional Livestock Market, Larry, Alice, Mary & Sam Shepard, Lawless Farms - John and Mary Kay Lawless & John and JoBeth Lawless Family, Lifetime Dental Solutions, Lowry Equipment, Mark & Karen McCarty Family, Mark, Lisa and John Shepard, Mike and Jane Knowles, Milton and Christine Wilson Family, Monroe Care Center, Monroe County Farm Bureau, Moravia Hardwoods, Moravia Meat Locker, Muddy Outdoors, Ozinga Feed Service, People's State Bank, Pioneer Seed - John, Jason and Jordan Crall, Price Construction - Larry Price, Quality Ag Service, R/J Performance, Reck Bros-N-Sons, Reed Overhead Doors - Reed Excavating - Robbie & Ryan Reed, Relco, Rich and Linda Scholtus, Ross and Phyllis Rekemeyer, Ross Powersports, Rozenboom Trucking & Farms - Justin & Becky Rozenboom, Russell Jarvis/Troy Elevator, Russell Livestock Market, Scienszinki Construction, Shinn Construction, Sigourney Tractor, Sinnott Pierschbacher Funeral Homes, Smith Fertilizer & Grain, Southern Iowa Oil, Southern Iowa Technologies, Steve and Karla Heffron Family, Stocker Farms, Stoner Angus and Show Pigs, TBC Insurance, Teno Maintenance and Repair, Tharp Funeral Home, Tony & Kellie Sinclair Family, Vaughn Automotive, Veenstra Trucking, Veldhuizen Cattle Co.

IowaCountyBeef Supporters

FranklinCounty Sponsors

These Progressive Hereford Breeders including Shamrock Cattle Co, St. Clair Hay & Cattle, Beef Resources, Stickley & Sons, Mohwinkle Farms, Deppe Bros/WEB Cows, Goehring Herefords and Godbersen Herefords.

Benton County Cattlemen and Local Supporters including US Bank – Vinton, Newhall Locker, Koopman Grinding LLC, Vita Plus, Linn Coop, IDEAL Industries, Kaiser AG, Theisens – Vinton, RJR Enterprises, Security State Bank, Roettger Farms Inc, Farm Credit Services – Cedar Falls, Du Pont Pioneer Hi Bred, New Century FS, Youngblut Farm Corp, Terry Ewoldt Farms, Boisen Farms, Hy-Vee and Hendershot Trucking.

Morris Bros. Cattle and Iowa Beef Systems

Iowa Corn Growers Association and Iowa Corn Promotion Board

Iowa Chop House (Iowa City) and JohnsonCounty Cattlemen

Pfister Seeds, LLC

Prinsco, Inc. and Calhoun CountySupporters

Jackson County Cattlemen and Friends of Jackson County including Ben Shearer Trucking and Excavating , BnR Cattle, Brian Moore - State Representative, Connolly Trucking, Inc., D&L Trucking, INC., Farm Credit Services of America, Franzen Family Used Tractor Parts, Inovative Ag Service, Maquoketa Feeds, Milt and Kelly Luckstead, Mineral Creek Cattle Co., Moeller Hills Cattle, PMC Agri Services, Randy and Royce Stoffel, Richard and Lois Schnoor, Rolling Hills Veterinary Services, P.C., Ronald and Linda Behne, Three Hills Rodeo, Wilson Grinding, Wilson/Kedley Cattle