Buffalo County Fairgrounds
Kearney, Nebraska

February 17-25, 2018

2018 Junior Show

Show Schedule and Awards

NEW IN 2018: Check in Times, Junior Burger Bash, and the opportunity to win a $500 Fancy Heifer or Steer Certificate.

Friday, February 23

  • 10am-4pm:
  • Junior Check-In
  • 5pm:
  • (Showring)
    Sullivan Stock Show U
  • 6pm:
  • (Showring)
    Biozyme Sure Champ Burger Bash
  • 7pm:
  • Supreme Row Judging

Saturday, February 24

  • Judging Contest
  • (Located in Exhibit Bldg. & Extension Bldg.)
  • 7am:
  • Registration in Extension Building
  • 7-8am:
  • Junior Show Check-In Stafford Arena
  • 8am:
  • Contest Begins
  • 2pm:
  • Judging Contest Official Placing
  • 2:30pm:
  • Youth Division Awards
    (All Judging Awards in Extension Bldg.)
  • Junior Show
  • (East Arena stalls will be open at 6 am)
  • 7-10am:
  • Check-In
  • 12pm:
  • Fancy Heifer Show & Parade of Prospect Steers
  • 12:30pm:
  • Prospect Steer and Heifer Scholarships Award Presentations (Auction Block)
  • 12:45pm:
  • Fancy Heifer Sale followed by the Steers
  • 2:30pm:
  • Showmanship Blow n Go*

**There will be two rings for showmanship. South ring will be Junior. North ring will be Intermediate. Senior Division will follow Intermediate in the North Ring. Senior Finals will use the entire Ring.

  • 7pm:
  • Supreme Row Judging
    (Showmanship to resume immediately following if needed.)

(All heifers purchased at the 2018 Classic Sales will compete in this class. There will be prizes for all youth.)

Sunday, February 25

Junior Shows (2 Rings)

  • 8:30am:
  • Breeding Heifers
  • 9am:
  • Market Heifers
    (steers will follow)


Saturday, February 24th & Sunday, February 25th


The Champion will receive $100 and the Reserve will receive $50 in each age division.


*Must be 5 head in a division to receive cash awards


  • Champion Market Heifer $250 cash award
  • Reserve Champion Market Heifer $125 cash award


  • Breed Division Steer Champion $50 cash award
  • Breed Division Steer Reserve Champion $25 cash award

CLASSIC STEERS (Steers bought in the Classic Sale)

  • Champion $500
  • Reserve Champion $200

*All exhibitors will receive show sticks and other awards in this class.


  • $500 cash award plus an award
  • Reserve Supreme Market Animal $250 cash award plus an award
    (The top 10 will be selected)


  • Breed Division Champion Heifer $50 award
  • Reserve Champion $25 award


Saturday, Feb. 25th at 6 pm

  • Champion $500
  • Reserve $200

*All exhibitors will receive show sticks and other awards in this class.


  • $500 cash award plus an award
  • Reserve Supreme Breeding Heifer$250 cash award plus an award
    (The top 10 will be selected)

Youth Opportunities



This will be our Saturday night event this year. We have restructured the event to have more fun with the youth! All youth purchasing a heifer at the Classic sales are a part of this event. This is a blow and go event.


We will break this into 3 Classes. (We will break down further if needed.)
Class 1: Hereford, Polled Hereford, Shorthorn | Class 2: Charolais, Angus, Simmental, Limousin, Gelbvieh
Class 3: Shorthorn Plus, Maine Anjou, Chianina, (Commercial Heifers from the Fancy Heifers and Pen Heifers).


Juniors have the opportunity to buy a steer out of the Classic Steer Sale. All youth purchasing a steer are eligible to be a part of the Classic Steer Scholarship Program. OPEN TO ALL YOUTH – not just high school students. Juniors will show the steers in a special class on Sunday, Feb.25th. All youth will receive jackets and other awards. Plus, youth have the opportunity to win over $4,000 in Classic Steer Scholarships. The program includes summer tours, record books, and an interview.


Saturday, February 24th

The Contest Schedule is on the schedule of events. | The event is open to 4-H and FFA youth, plus college teams. This is a BEEF only contest. Thousands of dollars in awards will be presented.

Show Rules

Eligibility: The Classic Junior show is open to Nebraska youth only except on heifers and steers purchased at the NCC. Out-of-state youth that purchase steers or heifers at the Classic are eligible to show those animals in the Classic Junior Show.

Age: Exhibitors must be at least 8 years of age but cannot have passed his or her 21st birthday by January 1, 2018.

Enter all cattle in one of the following divisions: Hereford, Polled Hereford, Red Angus, Angus, Simmental, Foundation Simmental, Charolais, Limousin, LimFlex, Gelbvieh, Balancer, Shorthorn, Shorthorn Plus, Maine Anjou, MaineTainer, Chianina, Chiangus, and Commercial Heifers, Crossbred Steers or Market Heifers. Miniature Herefords will be an added Division with the Herefords.

Breeding Heifers: Heifers must be born from September 2016 to December 2017. Fall heifers will be accepted. All breeding heifers must have registration papers and tattoos to be eligible to show in the respective Breed Division. Heifers purchased at the 2018 Classic are eligible to show in the respective Breed Division. Low percentage heifers will be shown separately, but one overall champion will be selected for each Breed Division

Market Heifers: All market animals must have a Nebraska 4-H or FFA tag in place to be eligible to show. All Market Heifers will be shown by weight.

Market Steers: All market steers must have a Nebraska 4-H or FFA tag in place to be eligible to show. Steers are shown by Breed divisions. A steer must have a respective Breed Certificate or Registration Paper with the respective breed to show in that Division. Non registered steers will show in the Crossbred Division. All steers must be born in 2017.

The Classic Junior Show is sanctioned with the Junior Nebraska Cattlemen.

Showmanship: Showmanship will be on Saturday, February 24th. It will be BLOW-N-GO. The age break down is Junior: 8-11, Intermediate: 12-15, and Senior: 16-21.

Grooming: Any animal that the show management finds to be unethically altered in conformation, structure, or color other than normal grooming practices, will not be allowed to show.

Health: All cattle are from Nebraska. No Health papers required.

Bedding: All cattle will be bedded on shredded mulch. Bedding is provided. NO STRAW ALLOWED.

Brand Inspections:All animals from a non-brand inspection area will be subject to an inspection. The fee will be collected directly by the brand inspectors at check-in.

The Nebraska Cattlemen’s Classic will have the final ruling and interpretation of all rules. All exhibitors and parents should exhibit good show ethics and conduct. Criticizing or interfering with the judge, or other exhibitors, breed representatives or show officials before, during or after the event may result in an individual or group being expelled, placed on probation, declared ineligible, or banned from exhibiting at the event.

**Stalls will be assigned by county! If you are traveling with other junior exhibitors, please make note on your entry form in order to be stalled together! Stalling requests will NOT be taken at the event!


The Classic has over $8,000 in scholarships to present to youth buying steers and heifers at the Classic!

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