2018 Thumb Jackpot Beef Show is at Oakland County

Planning has begun for hundreds of cattle to embark upon the Oakland County Fairgrounds at the Springfield County Park in Davisburg, MI for two cattle shows the weekend of April 20th-22nd, 2018.

The Oakland County Fairgrounds will host the 27th Annual 4-H & FFA Thumb Jackpot Beef Show on Saturday, April 21, 2018 and 3rd Annual Paul DeLong Memorial Jackpot Show on Sunday, April 22, 2018.

Exhibitors and their families who exhibit beef cattle from the seven counties in the Thumb (Macomb, Huron, Lapeer, St. Clair, Tuscola, Sanilac and Oakland) will enjoy a hot, family meal Friday evening.  Cloverbud youth can participate in a coloring challege while their siblings check in and weigh cattle for the Saturday show.

During the heifer and steer show on Saturday, youth, families and spectators can bid on items for sale in a Chinese style auction that will raise money for the Paul DeLong Memorial Scholarship Fund.  Right before the final drive for the steer show the Thumb Jackpot Beef Education Program (TJBEP) will present award recipients for the Essay Contest, Coloring Challenge, and high school seniors who are awarded scholarships to pursue their education beyond high school.  Since 1997, TJBEP along with the Paul DeLong Memorial Scholarship Fund has awarded more than $71,750 to high school seniors.

On Sunday the Paul DeLong Memorial Jackpot Show will have youth from all over the state (and a few out of state) looking to win the cash payout of $500 for champion steer and heifer.  This show is a fundraiser to raise money for the Paul DeLong Memorial Scholarship Fund.

Beef Blast Announces

Reminder…Bring Donations and Semen Tank!

This is a reminder the Thumb Jackpot Beef Education Committee will be accepting donation items for the live and silent auction that will be held on Saturday, April 22, 2017. Donated items should be brought to the show barn on Saturday morning.

Remember to bring your semen tank! We have 100 units of donated semen that will be sold through our auction.  Bring your tank and fill it with some new upcoming bulls or stay with a tried and true bull.  The choice is yours!  Listed below is the donated semen for auction:

  • 5 units Brass Knuckles
  • 5 units Head Hunter
  • 5 units Next Chapter
  • 5 units Huff & Puff
  • 5 units One in the Chamber
  • 10 units Lucy Boy
  • 10 units Chubbed Up
  • 10 units Strikin Gold
  • 10 units Blood Diamond
  • 5 units I-80
  • 5 units BPF Middleman
  • 5 units MWJ
  • 5 units Mind Bender
  • 10 units Mr. Misunderstood
  • 5 units Northern Exposure

Thank you very much to Brock Welshans, Lautner Farms, Matt Lautner, Dave Park, Pinnacle Sires, Top Sires, Kastel Show Cattle, Wade Rodgers and Gerald Green for donating semen and supporting the youth who raise and show cattle in the Thumb!

Friday Night Show Schedule

On Friday, April 21, 2017 there is lots to do!

  • Weigh-in is scheduled from 4:00-9:00 pm. Scales will close for 30 minutes for dinner.
  • Our complimentary Family Night Dinner is scheduled from 5:30-8:00 pm.
  • A Showmanship Clinic will be offered to youth from 7:00-9:00 pm in the barn. Come and learn a few new skills to use in the show ring. Basic and advanced showmanship skills will be covered. We are looking for 10 volunteers for to assist with demonstration purposes. If you are interested in participating as a demonstration volunteer please text or call me at 810.694.0561 with your name, county, age and telephone number. I will get back with you regarding details.

2017 Paul DeLong Memorial Jackpot Show

The 2nd Annual Paul DeLong Memorial Jackpot Show will be held Sunday, April 23,2017 at the St. Clair County Fairgrounds (Goodell’s County Park).  Entries must be postmarked by April 7th.  The rules and entry form are available by clicking on the link below.

Rules and Entry Form

2017 4-H & FFA Thumb Jackpot Beef Show

26th Annual 4-H & FFA Thumb Jackpot Beef Show
The Thumb Jackpot Beef Education Program would like to announce the 26th Annual 4-H & FFA Thumb Jackpot Beef Show on Saturday, April 22, 2017 at St. Clair County Fairgrounds in Goodells. Exhibitors and their families are invited to the Family Night Social on Friday, April 21, 2017 from 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm. All food and beverages are complimentary.
Youth may participate in an Essay Contest. Cloverbuds can participate in a Color Challenge. Information on the Essay Contest, Color Challenge, Heifer and Steer Show rules and entry forms below.  All Forms are available by clicking on the link to the form below:

Beef Blast on Saturday, February 18, 2017

Beef Blast

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

10:00 am at Marlette VFW Post 4837
2942 Main St, Marlette, MI 48453


  • Learn what muscle, balance and finish means in your market steer project
  • Have you ever wondered what the judge said about your steer when he gave his/her oral reasons?
  • Do you know what the inside of a bovine stomach feels like?
  • Come see what is new for the Thumb Jackpot Beef Show!
  • Who should attend events?
    4-H and FFA youth, leaders, and adults interested in beef and livestock projects
  • Why? To learn more about different aspects of the beef industry
  • What? Gain information regarding terminology used in the show industry, along with four chambers of the stomach and what is new for 2017!


This is part of the 4-H and FFA Thumb Jackpot Beef Education Program.

For more information about the program contact:
-Jenny McKay (810) 694-0561 or thumbjackpotbeefedu@gmail.com
-Heather Middleton (989) 672-3870 or middle72@anr.msu.edu


RSVP to Heather Middleton, Extension Coordinator, middle72@anr.msu.edu or (989) 672-3870, by December 26, 2016.

2017 4-H Beef Sheep and Swine Conference

To All 4-Hers,

Registration for both the Michigan 4-H Veterinary Science Teen and Adult Leaders Workshop and the Beef, Sheep and Swine Teen and Adult Leaders Workshops is OPEN!  Attached is a flyer for each event.


4-H Veterinary Science Teen & Adult Leaders Workshop

The 4-H Veterinary Science Teen & Adult Leaders Workshop will be held February 17-18, 2017 at Kettunen Center.  Explore animal systems and learn about animal health for a broad array of animal species while attending the workshop beginning with dinner Friday evening and ending Saturday afternoon.  Come prepared to learn from others, share information and experiences, ask questions and quiz veterinarians about their careers.  You will also participate in hands-on demonstrations that will teach you how to help members recognize healthy, sick, or injured animals.  Meet other youth that have developed outstanding veterinary science projects and gain ideas to help others start their own vet science projects.  The workshop is open to adult and teen volunteers ages 13 (as of January 1, 2017) and older and is supported by Greenstone Farm Credit Services.  Registration is now open at:  https://events.anr.msu.edu/4HBeefSheepSwineandVetScience/

4-H Beef, Sheep & Swine Teen & Adult Leaders Workshop

The 4-H Beef, Sheep & Swine Teen & Adult Leaders Workshop will be held February 18-19, 2017 at Kettunen Center.  This workshop is designed for both teen and adult leaders who are involved with beef cattle, sheep and swine projects.  Topics include animal health update, nutrition, management, selection, careers, budgeting and personal development.  The workshop offers ways to enhance communication and teaching skills, and learn about the many opportunities available for those interested in the beef, sheep and swine industries.  The workshop begins with dinner Saturday evening and ends Sunday afternoon and is open to adult and teen volunteers ages 13 (as of January 1, 2017) and older.  Support for the workshop is provided by Greenstone Farm Credit Services and the Michigan Pork Producers Association.  Registration is now open at:  https://events.anr.msu.edu/4HBeefSheepSwineandVetScience/



2016-17 MI Shows

Date                         Show                             Where                      Educational
Oct. 29-30, 2016        MI SHOWS Kickoff            Sandusky
Dec 9-11, 2016          Winter Classic                  East Lansing/Pavilion – Ed Contests
Jan. 28-29, 2017        Diamonds in the Snow       Mason
Feb. 10-12, 2017        MSU AGR                        East Lansing/Pavilion –
April 2, 2017             MI Beef Expo Jr. Show       East Lansing/Pavilion – Ed Contests
April 9, 2017             Blanchett Preview Show     Monroe
April 23, 2017           Paul DeLong Memorial        Goddells (St. Clair County)
April 29, 2017           Shiawassee Spring Kickoff  Shiawassee
April 30, 2017           Southern MI Showdown     Marshall
May 6, 2017             Middle of the Mitten             Alma
May 6, 2017             Hudsonville Spring Show     Hudsonville
May 13-14, 2017       Lakeshore Beef Classic        Ludington
May 20-21, 2017       Yooper Classic                  Upper Peninsula
June 10-11, 2017      MI Beef Showcase              East Lansing/Pavilion – Ed Contests
June 17, 2017           Kent County Preview          Lowell
June 16-17, 2017      Allegan Preview                 Allegan
**July , 2017 Awards Presentation East Lansing/Pavilion
*All show information will be posted on the MI SHOWS Facebook page.