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DAVID GRUBBS Gazette Staff

Trent Maakestad, 12 of Radcliffe, Iowa, hoses down his polled Hereford “Wild Thing” Tuesday at MetraPark.

The serious business begins this morning for Maakestad and others attending the Junior National Hereford Expo. The competition shows start at 8 a.m.

More than 550 young people, ages 7-21, will display their animals and showmanship skills for honor, not for money. More than 1,200 head of the best polled and horned Herefords in North America are representing 35 states and four Canadian provinces. Herefords, one of the historic English beef cattle breeds, were introduced into North America in the 1860s.

Wednesday’s competitions include the combined bred and owned heifer show; junior AI heifers; bred and owned bulls; junior AI bulls, steers and cow/calf pairs. Steers vie for two titles Wednesday – champion live steer and champion carcass steer – which is determined by ultrasound data taken prior to the show.

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