Iowa State Fair Governor's Charity Steer Show is a Success!

August 16, 2016

Governor's Charity Steer Show

Every year the Iowa State University Department of Animal Science Beef Teaching Farm purchases 20-25 steers from the Governor’s Celebrity Steer show the first Saturday of the fair.  This event has raised over 2.7 million and served over 35,000 Iowa families in the last 33 years.  ISU pays market price for the steers and different businesses sponsor each steer at the show. The Iowa Beef Industry Council and Iowa Cattlemen’s Association coordinate the event every year with proceeds from the event going to the three Ronald McDonald houses of Iowa.  The steers are used in multiple ISU Animal Science courses with the main users being: An Sci 226, 305, 270 and 101 Lab.  They are also used in the ultrasound certification, state 4-H & FFA livestock judging contest and B&B’s Little North American showmanship contest.  Beef Teaching Farms Manager, David Bruene, says “ This is such a great opportunity for Iowa State University to be able to provide comfort away from home for families that are struggling with sick kids.  Our students and faculty greatly benefit from these steers because we are able to use them for hands-on teaching purposes not only for students attending ISU but also for students participating in 4-H and FFA or public events.  It’s really a win/win for everyone involved.”