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Governor’s Charity Steer Show raises record $225,850

By Staff | Aug 21, 2014

A PAIR OF steers, Mr. T, left, shown by Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad, and Chasin Jason, shown by Lt. Gov Kim Reynold, were the first two of 25 steers introduced prior to the Aug. 9 Governor’s Charity Steer Show. The steers’ owners are Tori Freeman, of Corydon; and Ben Von Glan, of Vail, respectively. Chasin Jason was judged as the grand champion steer of the show. Mr. T was purchased by Sinclair Tractor for $9,500. Chaison Jason was bought for $12,500 by Cookies BBQ.

DES MOINES (IBC) – Records were broken again for the third consecutive year as the 32nd annual Governor’s Charity Steer Show raised $225,850 on Aug. 9 at the Iowa State Fair.

The highest selling auction to date is an annual charity event for the Ronald McDonald Houses of Iowa.

Since its inception in 1983, the Governor’s Charity Steer Show has raised more than $2.5 million for the Ronald McDonald Houses of Iowa.

The auction, which began when 25 steers paraded into the livestock pavilion, was led by Gov. Terry Branstad and other celebrity show persons competing for the title of Judge’s Choice.

The official steer show judge for this year’s show was Charlie Peters of Bellevue, who manages and owns Peters Family Farms, selected the steer Chasin Jason, shown by Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds for overall grand champion honors.

The Crawford County Cattlemen and Tyson Fresh Meats sponsored the steer. Cookies BBQ purchased the steer for $12,500. Ben Von Glan, of Vail, owned the steer.

Glan said the charity auction was the steer’s 25th show. Besides the Aug. 9 show, it won the Crawford County market steer show, plus grabbed three other purples in other shows.

Glan said Chasin Jason collected three reserve championships and six third-place finishes in other shows.

Additional donations were made to the sale of the steer by Friends of Ben Von Glan for $300.

The steer, Toby, shown by Mike Pearson was selected as the People’s Choice winner.

Toby was sponsored by the Iowa Bankers Association, and was purchased by Riverside Casino for $29,000 – the show’s second highest-ever selling price.

Tanner Knupp, of Washington, raised the steer.

Another youth, Korey Vogel, of Lohrville, brought his Charolais steer, JJ, to the charity show after it finished as the overall reserve grand champion market steer.

Vogel and JJ were sponsored by Prinsco Inc. and Auburn Feed Center. The steer sold for $4,500.

The show auctioneer was Phil Schooley from Bloomfield Livestock.

Catching bids alongside Schooley were Mike Sorensen and Austin Brandt, of Livestock Plus; Tom Rooney, of The Midwest Marketer; and Jason Lekin, of Tama Livestock Auction.

The money raised through the auction will benefit the Ronald McDonald Houses of Des Moines, Iowa City and Sioux City.

All of the houses are located near hospitals and provide a “home away from home” for families of seriously ill children. The Iowa Beef Industry Council and the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association sponsor the annual steer show and auction.

Larry Kershner, Farm News news editor, added to this report.

Other steers from the Farm News coverage area included:

A). Titon, raised by Caleb Burke, of Altoona, sponsored by Burke’s Outsourcing and Returns. The celebrity show person was Jerry Parkin, Iowa State Fair Board of Directors . It was purchased by Talon Crest Farms for $5,500.

B). Farm Strong, raised by Leah Vierkandt, of Alden, sponsored by Iowa Farm Bureau Federation. The celebrity show person was Bruce Nelson, 2014 ANF Wall of Honor Recipient. It was purchased by Iowa Farm Bureau Federation, District No. 5 for $5,500.

C). BirthMark, raised by Garrett Longnecker, of Ames, sponsored by Des Moines Area Community College The celebrity show person was Rob Denson, president of DMACC. It was purchased for $25,000 by James Simmental and James Oil, Friends of DMACC, and Friends of Garrett Longnecker.

D). Mclovin raised by Kole Kimberley, of Maxwell, sponsored by Dee Zee Inc. The celebrity show person was Sandy Hatfield-Clubb, director of athletics, Drake University. It was purchased by Arlington Plating Co., Dickten Masch Plastics, DMB Supply, Eberhard Manufacturing, Empire Resources, Innovative Injections, Koneta, Kuntz Electroplating, Lafayette Steel, O’Neal Flat Rolle Metals, Peerless, Pioneer Strategic Sourcing, Protech, Rocktenn, Ryadon, S&D Products, Schaffner, State Steel, Superior Extrusion Inc., Tasler, Winnebago Industries Capco Div, and Ron and Bev Shivers for $15,950.

E). McBeefy, raised by Bailey Christensen, of Adel, sponsored by McDonald’s of Mid-Iowa. The celebrity show person was Dr. Steven Leath, president, Iowa State University. It was purchased by Charles and Charla Werner for $6,500.

F). Brutus, raised by Landra McClellan, of Armstron, sponsored by McDonald’s of Northwest Iowa. The celebrity show person was Suzy Fife, Miss Rodeo Iowa 2014. It was purchased by J & D Restaurants Inc., for $4,000.

G). Toby, raised by Kendrick Suntken, of Belmond, sponsored by Franklin County Supporters. The celebrity show person was Alan Brown, president, Iowa State Fair Board. It was purchased by James Simmental and James Oil for $4,750, with additional contributions from Franklin County Supporters for $3,250.

H). Chester, raised by Nicole Lange, of Harlan, sponsored by Iowa Corn Growers Association and Iowa Corn Promotion Board. The celebrity show person was Bob Bowman, president, Iowa Corn Promotion Board. It was purchased by RVP McDonalds of Des Moines for $4,750.

I). Anchorman, raised by Dylan Madden, of Alden, sponsored by Pfister Seeds, LLC. The celebrity show person was Erik Wheater, WHO-TV . It was purchased by John Deere and Local Support including Pfister Seeds LLC, Van Wall Equipment, Seversike Trucking, Titan Machinery Inc., Babe’s Steakhouse, In Memory of Dylan’s Grandmother Kathy Friest and Thomas and Margaret O’Rourke for $10,000.

Larry Kershner, Farm News news editor, contributed to this report.

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