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Blessed with the best... you are only as good as those you are surrounded with. And, we are surrounded by the best! We’re so proud of these junior exhibitors their hard work and commitment is second to none. Thank you to the parents for trusting us with your kids and their projects, it’s a responsibility we don’t take lightly. Thank you everyone who has shown interest in our program, we appreciate you. Thank you to the livestock show committees, junior breed associations and livestock judges - you certainly have an important and sometime thankless job but your dedication to the industry is extremely important to it’s continued success. Lastly, thank you to our talented team and our families - without you nothing is possible.
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GRAND CHAMPION SIMMENTAL FEMALE, 2019 NAILE & JUNIOR NATIONALS SUPREME CHAMPION FEMALE, 2019 ILLINOIS STATE FAIR Congratulations to the Guyer Family
DIV. CHAMPION MAINE-ANGUS, 2019 NAILE RES. GRAND CHAMPION MAINE-ANGUS, 2019 ROYAL Congratulations to the Goering Family
SUPREME CHAMPION FEMALE, 2019 OKLA AGR Congratulations toWhitneyWalker
RES. GRAND CHAMPION STEER, 2019 ILLINOIS STATE FAIR Congratulations to the Nightengale Family
RES. GRAND CHAMPION MAINE-ANJOU FEMALE, 2019 JUNIOR NATIONAL Congratulations toWhitneyWalker
GRAND CHAMPION SHORTHORN FEMALE, 2019 ROYAL Congratulations to the Sullivan Family
RES. GRAND CHAMPION SIMMENTAL FEMALE 2019 JUNIOR NATIONAL Congratulations toWhitneyWalker
RES. SUPREME CHAMPION FEMALE, 2019 GA JR LIVESTOCK Congratulations to the Barber Family
RES. GRAND CHAMPION MAINETAINER BULL, 2019 NAILE & ROYAL Congratulations to Elmore Cattle Company, Gateway Genetics, William Minnis, Burgess Farms, Willow Springs Cattle Co., and Martin Livestock
CHAMPION HEREFORD FEMALE, 2019 OKLA AGR
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RES. SIMMENTAL FEMALE, 2019 JACKSON COUNTY GA Congratulations to the Chastain Family CHAMPION SHORTHORN FEMALE, 2019 OKLA AGR Congratulations to the Steck Family
RES. SUPREME CHAMPION FEMALE, 2019 JORDAN MACK Congratulations to the Steck Family
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2020 STOCK SHOW EDITION
102 NAILE 124 Badger Kick-Off Classic 126 Hoosier Beef Congress 132 AGR Holiday Classic 136 Gallia Co. Preview Show 138 Harvest Moon 142 Henry Co. Thanksgiving Classic 144 Holiday Classic 148 Michigan Winter Classic 150 Miner Co. Feeder Calf Show 152 MN Beef Expo 156 Muskingum Co. Fall Classic 160 OSU AGR
164 Autumn Classic 166 Winter Warm-Up
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Beyond the Backdrop 107 Olivia Caldwell, IL 112 Sara Sullivan, IA
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Denver 2020 Preview 215 We preview the 114th National Western Stock Show! Fort Worth 2020 Preview 223 We preview the Fort Worth Stock Show!
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18 About Us 22 From The Editor 26 From Our Readers 30 In The News 37 Would You Rather : Ben Spencer, NE 40 The Big Picture 52 You Are Showtimes 55 On The Cover 78 Fill In The Blanks : Jeff Sargent 83 Message : Jennifer Bruns, TX 204 Hall of Fame Members 209 Fish Tales : Anna Myers, LA 230 Recipe : Laurie Reid, CO 272 Past Seven Grand Champions - Denver
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JAN/FEB 2020 STOCK SHOW EDITION
It’s a new decade. We’re not stepping off the gas, but going full throttle into 2020. This is the start of The Showtimes Like Never Before! We kick things off in Denver! Stop by our booth in the Stadium Arena on the hill and visit our Showtimes Store! We are in spaces 1, 2 and 3. We have many new 2020 Denver Hoodies and Caps! We also have a booth in the Livestock Center in the yards. This February, we are heading back to Fort Worth for the Steer Show! Look for photos, updates, live videos and a new episode of Show Center from the biggest Steer Show in the country! This year we plan on going big! We have a few announcements coming around March that are very exciting! Also, stay tuned for some big Showtimes 2020 Tour stops! This issue features a new updated layout and look for 2020! Over the years we’ve always tried to stay cutting edge with our layout and look different than anyone else. Our Contents, Articles and Show Results all received updated layouts. We hope you enjoy the new look! Thanks to everyone who advertised in this issue. We can’t tell you how much we appreciate your support! It’s really amazing to take a step back and look at all the great people we’ve had the opportunity to work with throughout this issue. We hope you all have a great 2020! See you in Denver and Fort Worth!
This issue includes many great articles! Don’t miss Fake Meat by Tucker Stewart where he talks about the new impossible burger and some of it’s effects on our industry. Later in this issue, Dr. John Rayfield shares his story! Plus, inside our Show Results we offer two awesome Beyond The Backdrop features. 2019 NAILE Grand Champion Steer Exhibitor Olivia Caldwell talks about her big win. Supreme Jr. Heifer Exhibitor Sara Sullivan shares her thoughts following winning the biggest Junior Heifer event in the country! To kick off the new year, we’ve included two great Show Previews. On page 215 we take a look ahead to Denver! We’ve included judges, past winners and some of our favorite photos. On page 223 we preview the 2020 Fort Worth Stock Show. You will find this year’s judges, steer show schedule, last year’s sale prices and much more! Don’t miss many of our other great features! Jennifer Bruns has an incredible Message for this issue. We’ve included a fun look at the past seven Grand Champion Steers in Denver! Finally, Jeff Sargent Fills In The Blanks and Chris Mullinix answers Ten Questions! We hope you enjoy the first issue of the new decade!
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The Showtimes new 2020 Denver Hoodies are now available at theshowtimesstore.com as well as from our Showtimes Booth in the Stadium Arena in Denver! This year we are offering three different colors; Hazel, Purple and Black. Our Purple hoodie comes in four different versions; Cattle, Hog, Lamb and Goat! Plus, be sure to check out our three new 2020 Denver Caps! Our hoodies sell out fast every year, so be sure to buy yours early in 2020! NEW 2020 DENVER HOODIES
Recent Showtimes Hall of Fame Member Matt Gunderson received his plaque during the 2019 North American International Livestock Exposition in Louisville, Kentucky. Thank you Matt for all that you do for our industry! Be sure to check out all of our Hall of Fame Members later in this issue. The Showtimes was honored to sponsor Buckles and Awards for the National 4-H Contest again this past year! MATT GUNDERSON HOF PLAQUE Order our 2020 Calendar from our Online Store at theshowtimesstore.com! This year’s calendar features 12 of our favorite photos from this past year! NEW 2020 CALENDAR
Over 22,000 watched our 2019 Louisville Show Center Video. The latest episode takes you to Louisville, Kentucky for full coverage from the North American International Livestock Exposition! In addition to video from the Junior Steer and Heifer Shows, host Lisa Reid visits with Sara Sullivan, Olivia Caldwell, Dave Duello and Randy Daniel! Be sure to watch our new video with industry leading motion graphics with an opening that includes the Grand Champion Steer raising out of the green shavings! 2019 LOUISVILLE SHOW CENTER
2019 NAILE MEDIA DAYS A SUCCESS The Showtimes Official Media Days at the 2019 North American International Livestock Exposition in Louisville, Kentucky were a success! The Showtimes was honored to work with the NAILE this past fall covering the Livestock Show and Rodeo with photos, videos and updates from the event! The Showtimes also filmed our most recent episode of Show Center from Louisville. Thanks again to the North American for putting on an incredible event again in 2019! It is always one of our highlights every year!
We’re headed to Denver for the first stop of our 2020 Tour! Stop by our Store in the Stadium Arena! We are in booths 1, 2 and 3. Plus, see us in the Livestock Center in the yards! Look for full coverage from the 2020 National Western Stock Show throughout January on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and our free Showtimes App! 2020 TOUR : DENVER, CO We’re headed back to Texas for the 2020 Fort Worth Steer Show! Look for us February 6th and 7th! We will have news, photos, live videos and a new episode of Show Center! The Showtimes will be covering the Fort Worth Stock Show like never before! Don’t miss us on our second stop of our new 2020 Tour! 2020 TOUR : FORT WORTH, TX
The Showtimes is excited to announce our new 2020 Internship opportunity! The Showtimes On Assignment is the Ultimate Summer Internship! You’ll cover a Junior National then have your photos and editorial published in the August issue of The Showtimes! In addition to representing The Showtimes at their Junior National, interns will receive a 3 day / 2 night marketing, photography and leadership event in Colorado this May! Email theshowtimes@yahoo. com to learn more!
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many doors for my family to travel the country exhibiting cattle and learning from some of the greats in our breed. Personally, it also gave me some leadership opportunities as part of our national junior board while developing an incredible network of people that shared my cattle interest. Livestock judging was also a big part of my upbringing and sparked the interest to compete at a collegiate level. That experience, along with the chance to coach collegiate teams over the past 20+ years have shaped my personality and evaluation skills. FOUR What does your ideal market steer look like? One thing I love about those with the ability to breed and raise great livestock is that the bar continues to rise. What is “ideal” today may not be quite good enough even next year. However, the fundamentals with which I start my evaluation remain constant. Sound, muscular, appropriately finished market
steers will always get the first look from me. From there, I love a good- looking one, but not at the sacrifice of function and potential carcass value. I am not a judge that prescribes to a certain weight being ideal. Now more than ever, our industry accepts a wide range of end weights. A steer’s frame, muscle and maturity pattern determine its ideal terminal weight and that is different for every calf. I’m not a judge that needs a steer to be extreme in any one
ONE What made youwant to be a judge? Like many young people, I grew up in and around the showring envying the “man with the microphone.” So many of them had an impact on my childhood and as my experiences through livestock judging expanded, I hoped to someday work with young people in that same fashion. TWO Howmany shows have you judged? To date, I’ve had the opportunity to judge over 600 shows in 43 states and Canada.
area. Bring me a complete one and you will be in the hunt.
THREE What is your background in the livestock industry.
I grew up on a diversified farming operation in central Maryland where my family raised Hereford and Angus cattle and ran a small feedyard. My siblings and I were all heavily involved in 4-H programs, raising and showing all species. The Hereford breed has always been a passion and opened
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together and often times failing together. As I get older, I realize how important those days were in creating the man and evaluator I am today. He remains an incredible resource for me today and talking cattle with him never gets old. EIGHT What do you do on themornings before you judge amajor show? Nothing special. Just try to get a little more sleep than my three kids at home would typically allow! Not really. I believe the venue should dictate the routine. Judging a show can be a very isolated feeling at times, unless you find ways to engage the exhibitors, ring help and spectators. How you do that varies from one show to another and is quite different at a county fair versus the Fort Worth Stock Show. Generally, I like to move quickly, but still give every animal and exhibitor a fair evaluation. On the mic, you will never hear a “canned” description. Every animal is different and I will do my best to describe those differences with real world, practical terminology that hopefully any onlooker can see and understand. NINE Do you have a certain judging style or judging routine? It’s exhilarating, it’s challenging and it’s so much fun! Most importantly, I’m a people person, a livestock junkie and an educator. The showring allows me to blend the things I love most! • Thanks Chris for answering our ten questions for our readers! - The Showtimes coverage of the 2020 Fort Worth Steer Showbegins February 6th! Wewill have photos, updates, Live Videos and a newShowCenter Video! TEN This iswhy I judge...
Christian I can, while continuing to recruit and educate young people that represent Kansas State University the way it deserves to be! SEVEN What hasmade the biggest impact on you as a livestock evaluator? I could write a book on this question. The role of my parents has been unbelievable. Not so much with direct evaluation skills, but more in helping me define goals, develop a competitive nature and find the conviction to always do what is right in the ring. Amongst the many great coaches I’ve had, Dr. Scott Schaake’s impact goes without saying. In the past 20 years, I also attribute my growth as an evaluator in large part to my judging teams. To be a relevant teacher, I have to continually expose myself to great breeders and livestock minds. Finally, I would have to say the biggest impact has been my brother Randy. We are two years apart and grew up working together, competing
FIVE What are you looking forward to the most at the FortWorth Stock Show? Honestly, coming back for a second time, I think my answer is different than if you’d asked me that same question last year. A year ago, I would have said I couldn’t wait to see the steers. Everyone has their opinion, but if anyone argues this isn’t amongst the greatest steer shows in the world than they don’t know great livestock! Again, I can’t wait to see those cattle. But after last year, I can’t explain what it’s like to watch those young people enter the ring. The minute they make eye contact, it’s as if I can see a year’s worth of work for that young person and their family riding on this one lap. You quickly realize how important your job is and the magnitude of this moment. I can’t wait to make that eye contact! SIX What are your goals for the future? Be the best father, husband and
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“HI. I’M THE IMPOSSIBLE BURGER.” “I’m delicious ground meat made from potato, coconut, wheat and heme. I taste like beef, look like beef and can even sizzle but I have no cholesterol. I’m all burger baby.” I almost committed a grave cattleman sin and ordered a veggie burger. Before I read the above quote on the back side of a table tent sitting at a bar and grill in Kansas City, I had no idea that the Impossible Burger wasn’t a burger at all. The front side had a big picture of what looked like a hamburger with a list of the fixings I like and had a small sticker that said “MADE FROM PLANTS.” I chuckled and thought; That’s clever
considering all beef is technically made from plants. Then, I flipped over the tent and discovered the horrifying reality that this “beef ” wasn’t beef at all. This was nothing but a highly processed product masquerading as meat, using shady marketing to trick unsuspecting consumers. After that experience, the lawyer in me was left with a question, What can a state do to protect consumers? The Supremacy Clause in the U.S. Constitution establishes federal law as the supreme law of the land and states are prohibited from interfering with the federal government’s exercise of its constitutional powers. A federal law will “preempt” a conflicting state law because of the Supremacy
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Note the word MEAT is large and centered, a steer at the top, Beef Crumbles, and Beefy are also prominent. “Plant-Based” is small and located on the bottom.
lab-grown meat is off the table, states have some wiggle room to provide clarity to consumers concerning plant products masquerading as “meat.” FDCA does include express preemption language, but that language is for only specific labeling components. Because the FDA has not created specific labeling requirements for the plant-based fake meat products, states have an opening until the FDA creates a standard. Even with preemption barring certain state activity, states can pass identical labeling standards. This is important, especially when you consider the lackluster enforcement by FDA of products mimicking dairy. If they pass such standards, states can then enforce federal standards when the federal government fails to do so. Outside of preemption, fake meat companies have sued Arkansas, Missouri and Mississippi challenging their labeling restrictions on other grounds. Their argument is that those laws were passed with the intent to commercially harm the fake meat industry and those laws regulate the content of speech in violation of the first amendment. The first amendment right to free speech extends to businesses’ commercial speech, but not to the same level as individual speech. Think, statements on a food label is commercial speech and your protest sign is individual speech. It’s a very high bar for a state or
Clause making the conflicting state law unconstitutional. In the food labeling world, the federal constitutional power at work is the Commerce Clause. The Commerce Clause gives the federal government authority to regulate goods in interstate commerce. It is important to note that there are two federal agencies that deal with food labeling. The Federal Meat Inspection Act (FMIA) gives jurisdiction over meat labeling to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). The Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act (FDCA) gives jurisdiction over all other food labeling to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
There are major differences in both food safety requirements and labeling requirements between the two. USDA requires labels to be preapproved and has robust food safety inspections. FDA typically does not preapprove labels, enforcement is lackluster, and food safety inspections occur less frequently than for meat. Under FMIA, state labeling requirements of cell-cultured meat that are different than the USDA are likely unconstitutional because USDA has jurisdiction over lab-grown meat and there is specific language preempting states from requiring labeling that is different than the USDA. While
the federal government to restrict individual speech. On the other hand, states and the federal government have a greater ability to restrict commercial speech that is false, deceptive, or misleading. If the commercial speech is not false or misleading, then the government may only restrict the speech if it serves a substantial government interest, and the restriction is narrowly tailored to serve that interest. The free speech challenge makes the reasons behind passing legislation important. States should not advocate for barring new technology from entering the marketplace. Personally, I am quite amazed at the technology that is going into food innovation in the 21st century. However, many new companies are mixing in false statements, misleading labeling, and anti-animal agriculture rhetoric to push their products. Because of these tactics, protecting the consumer is especially important. The consumer confusion on fake meat is supported by surveys done by the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) showing that nearly one-third of consumers think the Impossible Burger and Beyond Beef contain meat and over half believe the products contain some form of animal products. Because of these potential constitutional issues, crafting the
legislation for states is certainly hard, but not impossible. In Kansas, the Kansas Livestock Association (KLA) is advancing legislation to protect consumers from the misleading labeling of fake meat products by requiring a conspicuous disclaimer that the product does not contain meat. Focusing on a disclaimer rather than an outright prohibition of certain terms should combat both the preemption and first amendment challenges. At the federal level, NCBA and KLA worked closely together to craft language introduced in the House of Representatives and Senate with bipartisan support. The Real Marketing Edible Artificials Truthfully Act of 2019 was introduced by Dr. Roger Marshall in the House and Senator Deb Fischer in the Senate. The Real MEAT Act will be no easy lift, but NCBA and KLA will continue to drive support for it. The bill would codify the definition of beef for labeling purposes, require fake meats to be labeled as “imitation” products, protect consumers from deceptive marketing practices, and ensure that USDA has authority to enforce fake meat labels if the FDA fails to act. As this topic progresses, cattlemen should advocate for legislation that is meaningful and aims to protect the unsuspecting consumer. •
Tucker A. Stewart Associate Counsel Kansas Livestock Association Tucker A. Stewart is associate counsel at the Kansas Livestock Association where he uses his cattleman’s background and legal education to assist KLA members with legal questions and advocate for the livestock industry at the state Capitol. Born and raised in Kansas, Stewart is the son of Gregg Stewart and grew up on the nationally known Mid Continent Farms, which was inducted into The Showtimes’ Hall of Fame in 2016. Being directly involved with farming and ranching gives him a unique producer perspective in the practice of law.
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