The Holidays are upon us and that also means the Iowa Beef Expo is fast approaching. The final print date for the catalog will be the second week of January so be sure to get your information/pictures to Jeremie Ruble as soon as possible. If there are some of you that would still like to consign to the sale, contact Jeremie or any of the board members immediately!

This year the IRAA has put a purse together for the Champion and Reserve Champion Bull and Female. The Champion Bull will receive a 50/50 purse of $1000. The consignor and the buyer of the bull will split the $1000. The same will be done with the Champion Female. The Reserve Champion Bull will receive a 50/50 purse of $500 to be split by the consignor and the buyer of the bull. The same will be done with the Reserve Champion Female.  

The schedule of events at the Iowa Beef Expo are as follows: Monday, February 13th, at 6 pm – IRAA Annual meeting and banquet held at Diamond Jacks on the state fairgrounds; Tuesday, February 14th, at 8:30 am will be the Red Angus No Fit Show in the pavilion. At 12 Noon, a lunch sponsored by the IRAA will be served and cattle will be available for viewing; The Red Angus Classic Sale will start at 1 pm. A block of rooms is available at the Ramada Des Moines Airport Hotel 515-287-6464. The rooms are $109 and must be booked by January 11th for that rate. State Wrestling is taking place around the same time and rooms will be hard to find.

We will be recognizing outstanding juniors who have exhibited Red Angus cattle in 2016 during the banquet this year. We will also have awards for Iowa Red Angus Hall of Fame, Iowa Red Angus Seedstock Producer of the Year and Iowa Red Angus Commercial Producer of the Year. The IRAA membership can send applications in for the nomination of the Commercial Producer or the Hall of Fame by January 7th. Harold Bertz of the Red Angus Association of America will be attending the meeting. We will also be holding our yearly election of board members.

There will be an online auction of the Iowa Breeders Directory starting Sunday the 12th and ending at 3PM on Monday the 13th. You will be able to view the pages we are auctioning off at There will be a computer at the Iowa booth that will be available for you to use to place your bids on throughout Monday, if you are unable to bid from your phone. We plan on having a fun filled and informative couple of days during the Iowa Beef Expo. Hope to see you there. Please RSVP to Cassie Johnson by phone at 712-490-5397 or email at by January 15th. We would like to know how many will be coming for our prime rib supper at the banquet. We would hate for someone to not get a plate!

See you in Des Moines!


Click here for the Hall of Fame Nomination Form

Click here for Commercial Producer of the Year Nomination Form


Attention Members! The Iowa Red Angus Association headquarters for the Iowa Beef Expo will be the Ramada Des Moines Airport Hotel. More information available on the News & Events Tab.