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Annual Hoof and Horn Jackpot Cattle Show Draws Nearly 200 Head

March 29, 2017

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MACOMB, IL – The annual Hoof and Horn Jackpot Cattle Show was held Saturday, March 25 at the Warren County Fairgrounds in Roseville, IL.

The annual show, which is completely student run, attracts about 200 head of cattle each year.

WIU senior agriculture major Mallory Espenscheid, of Traer, IA, was the chair of this year's show.

"This year, we hosted exhibitors from four different states, and we had 192 head of cattle show up," said Espenscheid. "We were expecting our numbers to be down just a little bit from the previous years, due to the rainy weather conditions, but the rain ended up holding off when the show started, and it turned out to be a very nice day."

Espenscheid said the show began with the showmanship category, judged by WIU senior agriculture major Dylan Sigrist, of Farina, IL, who is a previous member of WIU's Livestock Judging Team.

Showmanship was followed by the cattle show, which was judged by nationally-recognized livestock judge and Hereford breeder Todd Herman, of Ohio. Herman evaluated cattle throughout the event, choosing the top five Heifers and top five Steers.

Kaylin Thompson, of Iowa, exhibited the grand champion Heifer overall, with a Percentage Simmental, which was raised and sold by WIU senior agriculture major Kade Knapp, of Stanwood, IA.

Dalton Line, of Illinois, exhibited the grand champion Steer overall, with a crossbred steer.

This year's event was unique, Espenscheid said, because a portion of the entry fees and some additional donations, totaling $500, were sent to Wildfire Relief Fund for the victims of recent wildfires.

"After hearing about the devastating wildfires in Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas and Colorado that were detrimental to livestock, land, buildings and equipment, we figured the least we could do is give back to some of those farmers and ranchers in need," said Espenscheid. "It is our way of showing that even from Western Illinois, we will always support people who strive every day to promote agriculture and to feed the world."

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