Governor's Charity Steer Show raises over $250,000

| August 15, 2020

Contact: Katie Olthoff, Director of Communications, Iowa Cattlemen's Association, 515-296-2266

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 since the spring of 2018 when Mike faced an extreme health challenge related to Stevens-Johnson syndrome.

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. 

Emcees for the event included Bob Quinn and Andy Peterson of WHO/WMT Radio and Michelle Rook of WNAX Radio. The auctioneers were Phil Schooley of Bloomfield, Russele Sleep of Bedford, and Jared Miller of Leon. Catching bids in the ring were Mike Sorensen of Livestock Plus and Jason Lekin from Tama Livestock Auction.

Donations can still be made at and additional photos can be found at

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, Adam & Cari Gregg, Nor-Am Cold Storage in Memory of Dale Lilleholm, Crawford Co. Cattlemen & Local Supporters

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: $15,000

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: $7,800

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: $8,200

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: $22,266.40  

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 purchased for $3500. Additional support from Monroe County Cattlemen, John Knowles, Iowa Agribusiness Radio, Tracy and Renee Howell and Joplin Regional Stockyards, and Monroe County supporters including Adams A/B Company, Albia Animal Clinic, Albia Hardees, Albia Motor, Ammons Farms - Paul Ammons Family, Animal Health Center, Beary Farms, Brian & Gina Crall Family, Bryan & Amber Reed Family, Carolyn & Josey Ryan, Carr Show Cattle, Cason Boer Goats, Cason Pride & Joy Simmentals, Centerville Produce, Chiropractic Health Center, Coaltrain Implement, Conley Spray Foam, Crall Pioneer Seed, Crawford Insurance, Curt & Kaylene Peterson Family, Dan & Jill Yule Family, Donnie & Emma Conway, Don Teno Family, Double D Repair / Dowdy Farms English Mastiffs, Dr. Ross & Phyllis Rekemeyer, Dyson Trucking - Don & Norma Dyson, Falvey Lumber, Farm Credit Service, Feehans Pub, First Iowa State Bank, G & P Insurance, Goff & Nash, Greiner Implement Co., Hawkeye Farm Mgmt, Henderson Cattle Inc- Bob, Patty, Aaron, Andy & Adam, Herbold Cattle, HMH Storage - Mike & Heather Flahive, Huber Farms, Indian Hills Inn, Jeff & Julie Major, Jim & Charlies Meat & Grocery, Jim & Connie Keller, Jim & Kathy Carr, Jim & Lori Keller Family, Joe & Barb Crall Family, Joe & Kris Knowles, John & Paige Bradley Family, John & Patty Judge, Jordon & Stephanie Haywood Family, JTF Farms - Jerry and Tonya Findley, Justine Stevenson Family, Kaster Fencing, Kenny & Helen Shepard Family, Kenny & Peggy VandenBerg, Kevin & Angela Wilson Family, Kevin & Wendy Dyson, KIIC Thunder Country, Kirksville Livestock, Kness Mfg Co/ Kness Pest Defense, Knowles Cattle - John & Payten, Lathrop Farms, Lawless Farms,, Mark Jacobs, Mark, Lisa, John Shepard, Mike & Jane Knowles Family, Milton & Christine Wilson Family, Monroe Care Center, Monroe Co Farm Bureau, Moravia Hardwoods, Mossy Oak Properties, Murphy Auction Service, Ozinga Feed Service, People’s State Bank Office of South, Ottumwa Savings Bank, Precision Seed Services, Quality Ag Service Inc, Reed Excavation, Restoration Dental Care - Dr Laura Adam, Rozenboom Farms & Trucking, Russell Livestock Market, Schofield Lawn Care, Scieszinksi Construction, Smith Fertilizer & Grain, Southern Iowa Oil, State Farm with Wes, Steve & Karla Heffron Family, Steve & Lori Rockwell, Stocker Farms, TBC Insurance, Tim & Cindy Kaldenberg Family, Todd & Melissa Ryan, Tracy & Renee Howell, VandenBerg Family Greenhouse, Zero Connect

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: $18,150  

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, with additional support from Andrew Benning and Mort's Water Company

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: $9,054 

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: $9,500.00

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: $5,520

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 including MD Orthopedics, Winfield Builders, Wishing Well Angus, Gary Anderson Insurance, Henry County Cattlemen, Weile Motors, Carl Lund, Jeff & Nancy McGohan, Green Valley Seed, Thom Miller, Randy Gipple, Kelley Show Cattle, J.W. Vittetoe Pork, TC Tilling, SE Iowa Livestock & Pet, Sinclair Tractor-Houghton, Moore Seed & Service, Lee County Vet Care, Thompson Farm Supply, Farmington Locker, Rod & Katie Townsend, Tugboat Transportation, Press Box Grille, Hy-Vee Mt. Pleasant, Classique Design, JJ Nichting, Hawkeye Steel, Two Rivers MP, Vision Ag/Pioneer-Stockport, Farmers Coop/Purina-Stockport, Stockport Elevator, Kongable Angus - Winfield, Graber Services LTD, Chem Gro-Houghton, Pilot Grove Savings Bank, Beck’s Hybrids, Quality Plus Feed, B&B Gas, Wellman Cattle Co., Wright Farms, Miller’s Plumbing & Heating, Dan Denney, Chem Gro-Olds, DMC Mutual Insurance, Sinclair Tractor - Mediapolis, Steffner Show Cattle, Darbyshire Show Cattle & Trucking, McLaughlin Cattle Company, Farmer’s Elevator & Exchange - Wapello, Sam Smith Farms, A3B Livestock, Heater Farms, Tom Bonnichsen Farm, Dale & Dana Howell, Big River Resources of Burlington, Morning Sun Farm Implement, Mediapolis Savings Bank, B.A.N.K. of Morning Sun, Matt & Michelle Hunt, Speery Union Store, INC, Central Iowa KFC, INC, Farm Credit Services of America, Edith Kuhens, John & Susie Kuhens, Delaney Cattle Co - Dan & Chris, Peck Agri, First National Bank, Jefferson County Cattlemen, Stone House Angus, 6S Cattle Co - Schleicher Family, JD Walker DVM, KIIJ Radio, Joe & Nicole Syfert, Hair Designers, JP & Jackie Welcher, Noll Beef - Russ & Kathy, Louth Cattle Co., Insurance Station Inc., Sears Hometown of Fairfield, Taglauer Angus Farms, Douds Lumber/Home Center, Moore’s Grocery, Douds Kwik Stop, Caves Cattle Co., Kisling Custom Cattle Working, Blain & Rachel Smith Family, Hometown Veterinary Care, RJM Automotive, Rosemary Hammes, Vision Ag/Farmers Coop, State Farm Insurance, Steve Greiner, Boley Repair, Baier Auto, Isebell Beinhart, Adelin Beinhart, Klopfenstein Cattle , Walmart (K. Noll), Bennett Ag Research Corp, Gas and Goodies, Donna Greiner, Harold Dickey Oil Corp., Tracy & Pat Hammes, HyVee Fairfield, Hinshaw Trailers, Kayser Soil Service, Packwood Locker and Meats, The Veterinary Clinic

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: $2,750

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 


About the Iowa Beef Industry Council:  Producer-directed and consumer-focused, the Iowa Beef Industry Council is funded by the $1.50-per-head beef checkoff. Checkoff dollars are invested in beef promotion, consumer information, research, industry information and foreign market development, all with the purpose of strengthening beef demand. For more information visit 

About the Iowa Cattlemen's Association:  The Iowa Cattlemen’s Association represents nearly 9,000 beef-producing families and associated companies dedicated to the future of Iowa’s beef industry. ICA’s mission is “Grow Iowa’s beef business through advocacy, leadership and education.”