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Governor’s charity steer show raises over $250,000


Despite months of uncertainty, the Iowa cattle industry and supporters came together on August 15 for the 38th annual Iowa Governor’s Charity Steer Show. This year’s event raised over $254,000 for the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Iowa.

The show and auction, which were held at Iowa State University, are an annual fundraiser for the Ronald McDonald Houses in Des Moines, Iowa City and Sioux City. 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 Iowa Cattlemen’s Association sponsor the annual steer show and auction.

Since its inception in 1983, the Governor’s Charity Steer Show has raised over $4.1 million for the Ronald McDonald Houses of Iowa. This year’s event included 23 steers, the Iowa youth who raised them and celebrity show persons. Governor Kim Reynolds was expected to participate, but storm relief efforts after this week’s derecho kept her from the show. First Gentleman Kevin Reynolds showed in her place, taking home Grand Champion honors with the steer raised by Tyson Von Glan of Vail. Reynolds’s steer was chosen by judge Chad Holtkamp of West Point, Iowa.

Dr. Dan Thomson, chair of the Department of Animal Science at Iowa State University, served as the Showmanship Judge. Thomson chose celebrity Mike McDonough of Oelwein, who showed a steer raised by Ethan Thimmes from Mechanicsville. McDonough’s family utilized the services of three different Ronald McDonald House Charities this spring when Mike faced an extreme health challenge related to his epilepsy.

The steer raised by Rylie Timm and shown by Tate Schafer and Boone Myers was chosen by voters on Facebook as People’s Choice. Tate has a rare brain tumor, but celebrated his thirteenth birthday and 20 months post-diagnosis earlier in August.

Donations can still be made here and additional photos can be found on Iowa Governor’s Charity Steer Show Facebook page.

2020 Governor’s Charity Steer Show
Charity Auction Results:

1. Sponsor: Iowa Beef Industry & Iowa Cattlemen’s Association

Celebrity: Kevin Reynolds, First Gentleman of Iowa

Exhibitor: Tyson Von Glan, Vail

Steer: Mighty Minne

Buyer: McDonalds of Des Moines and Iowa City (J&D Restaurants, O’Brien Family); additional support from friends of Tyson Von Glan and Governor Reynolds

Total: $18,000

2. Sponsor: Crawford County Cattlemen & Nor-AM Cold Storage

Celebrity: Lt. Governor Adam Gregg

Exhibitor: Makenzie Smith, Charter Oak

Steer: Merle

Buyer: Sioux County Businesses, Malisa Smith, Adam & Cari Gregg

Total: $9,388.40

3. Sponsor: Davis County Beef Promoters

Celebrity: David Young, U.S. House Candidate IA-3

Exhibitor: Max Taylor, Bloomfield

Steer: Mello Buyer: James Oil Company, additional support from Jerome and Connie VanWye

Total: $4,100

4. Sponsor: Mahaska County Cattlemen & Friends

Celebrity: Simon Conway, Newsradio 1040

Exhibitor: Paul DeJong, Lynnville

Steer: Bear

Buyer: Producer’s Livestock of Omaha and Sioux City and Mahaska County Cattlemen and Friends

Total: $9,000

5. Sponsor: Central Iowa County Farm Bureaus

Celebrity: Daniel Robison, Dean of Ag & Life Sciences, Iowa State University

Exhibitor: Carson Suchan, Gowrie

Steer: “The Real Deal” Brutus

Buyer: Iowa Farm Bureau

Total: $4,500

6. Sponsor: Des Moines Area Community College

Celebrity: Morgan Knapp, DMACC Student Exhibitor: Grant Borkowski, Carroll

Steer: Buster

Buyer: James Oil Co, DMACC Agribusiness, Borkowski Family, Iowa Culinary Institute

Total: $17,500

7. Sponsor: Dee Zee Mfg. (The Quality Truck Accessory People)

Celebrity: State Senator Randy Feenstra, U.S. House Candidate, IA-4

Exhibitor: Kinser Gallagher, Clive Steer: Clyde Buyer: Pioneer Strategic Sourcing, Wurth Des Moines Bolt, Superior Extrusion, Jeff Bender, Peerless Supply, Tasler Pallets, Carlson Systems, Almond Products, Metal West, Kuntz Electro Plating

Total: $9,219.60

8. Sponsor: Volunteer Boards of Iowa Ronald McDonald House Charities

Celebrity: Drake Foutch, Son of Paul & Natalie Foutch

Exhibitor: Renee Grimm, Audubon

Steer: Bo Buyer: Tama Livestock Auction, Friends of Renee Grimm

Total: $9,666.40

9. Sponsor: McDonald’s Restaurants of Iowa

Celebrity: Reynolds Cramer, Fareway CEO

Exhibitor: Chase Anderson, Boone

Steer: Finn

Buyer: Hy-Vee for $5,500; additional support from Fareway Stores for $10,000, Syngenta, Bayer Crop Science, Purple Bound Show Feeds, Jim & Linda Anderson, People’s Bank, Farm Credit, family and friends of Tim & Stacie Anderson

Total: $18,266.40

10. Sponsor: McDonald’s Restaurants of Iowa

Celebrity: Mike McDonough, Oelwein

Exhibitor: Ethan Thimmes, Mechanicsville

Steer: Colt

Buyer: Curran Cattle Company, Mosier Seed Supply, Thimmes Garms, Sugar Creek Farms, Sean Issacison, Pruess Cattle, Kabela Brothers, Kilburg Decision, Kerndt Brothers Savings Bank, JJ. Nichbig, Double C Cattle, Mary Adkins & Amy Sue McDonough, Mike Puff

Total: $7,700

11. Sponsor: McDonald’s Restaurants of Northwest Iowa

Celebrity: Jaret Lansford, Morning Meteorologist at KTIV-TV

Exhibitor: Hunter Maass, Ida Grove

Steer: McFlurry

Buyer: NW Iowa County Cattlemen’s Associations

Total: $15,628.00

12. Sponsor: Friends of Floyd County

Celebrity: Mike Naig, Iowa Secretary of Ag

Exhibitor: Delaney Ruzicka, Marble Rock

Steer: Chance

Buyer: Friends of Floyd County

Total: $7,250

13. Sponsor: Monroe County Cattlemen & Supporters

Celebrity: Corbitt Wall, DVAuction

Exhibitor: Lauren Bayer, Albia

Steer: Trust Buster

Buyer: Knupp Farms, additional support from Monroe County Cattlemen, Tracy and Renee Howell and Joplin Regional Stockyards

Total: $6,600

14. Sponsor: Iowa County Beef Supporters

Celebrity: Tate Schafer, Cancer Warrior & Boone Myers, Former Iowa Football Player

Exhibitor: Rylee Timm, Guernsey

Steer: Candyman

Buyer: Sinclair Tractor, James Oil Company

Total: $12,500

15. Sponsor: Foster & Evelyn Barkema Charitable Trust & Franklin Co. Supporters

Celebrity: Chip Flory, AgriTalk

Exhibitor: Reeve Wagner, Hampton

Steer: Marbles Buyer: Foster and Evelyn Barkema Charitable Trust

Total: $27,000

16. Sponsor: Iowa Hereford Breeders Association

Celebrity: Carson King, Venmo Legend

Exhibitor: Jenna Smith, Newton

Steer: Hyde

Buyer: Iowa Hereford Breeders Association

Total: $9,000

17. Sponsor: Iowa Corn Promotion Board

Celebrity: Jim Greif, Iowa Corn Growers Association President

Exhibitor: Isaac Stamp, Walnut

Steer: Maverick

Buyer: Creston Livestock

Total: $3,674.80

18. Sponsor: Johnson County Cattlemen

Celebrity: Jeremiah Moody, Iowa Wrestler

Exhibitor: Kelly Marshek, Iowa City

Steer: Billy Bob

Buyer: O’Brien Family McDonalds, Johnson County Cattlemen & Local Supporters

Total: $9,700.00

19. Sponsor: Jackson County Cattlemen Assoc. & Friends of Jackson County Cattlemen

Celebrity: Brittany Gunn, Miss Rodeo Iowa

Exhibitor: Taylor Deppe, Bellevue

Steer: Hollywood

Buyer: Michael Slattery

Total: $5,500

20. Sponsor: Iowa Veterinary Medical Association & ISU College of Veterinary Medicine

Celebrity: Chris Williams, Cyclone Fanatic

Exhibitor: Garrett Moore, Earlham

Steer: George

Buyer: Tama Livestock, Mark & Dinah Young, Dan & Cindy Thomson, Mark & Marnie Moore

Total: $6,581.20

21. Sponsor: District 20 Cattlemen’s Association

Celebrity: John Kuhens, Retired Radio Host KILJ

Exhibitor: Aer’Ronne Johnson, Hillsboro

Steer: Charcoal

Buyer: Iowa Cattlemen’s Association District 20 Sponsors

Total: $18,528.80

22. Sponsor: Asgrow

Celebrity: Ray ‘Bubba’ Sorensen, Representative for House District 20, Freedom Rock Artist

Exhibitor: Abbi Pfeifer, Russell

Steer: Marc

Buyer: Pfeifer and Sorenson Families

Total: $4,008.40

23. Sponsor: Iowa Premium, A National Beef Company

Celebrity: Tim Klein, National Beef Packing

Exhibitor: Conner Murty, Gladbrook

Steer: Prime Cut

Buyer: Iowa Premium

Total: $21,527.58

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