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About World Beef Expo

Each year people from around the country visit Milwaukee for one of the Midwest's largest cattle expositions – World Beef Expo.  More than 500 exhibitors from 18 states displayed, exhibited, or sold cattle at the 2018 World Beef Expo. The Open and Junior Shows had over 1100 entries. Next year's World Beef Expo, which takes place September 26-28, 2019 at Wisconsin State Fair Park, will be the twenty-seventh year of the show. During Expo 2019 we are excited to host an Angus ROV Show and more than two dozen other breed shows. In addition to the Open and Junior Cattle shows, World Beef Expo offers a wide variety of activities. The Multi Breed & Club Calf Showcase Sale brings in bidders and spectators on Saturday afternoon. Saturday’s events conclude with the Supreme Champion Cattle Drive, a spectacular event showcasing the best of the best. Top notch educational seminars, an indoor/outdoor trade show, and a youth sweepstakes contest round out the schedule of activities.

People of all ages come to see, show, buy and sell cattle while enjoying a weekend of fun with friends and family! All Events are open to the public. We invite you to join the fun at the 2019 World Beef Expo!

2019 World Beef Expo Dates: September 26-28, 2019


Friends of World Beef Expo Award

First presented in 1993 to World Beef Expo founder Paul May, the former Paul May Award has been presented annually to recognize individuals who have helped World Beef Expo grow into the show and event that it has become.  Starting with the 2015 Expo, the Gregg and Angella May families will be honoring Paul by sponsoring a youth scholarship.  Along with the Dave and Marcia DeLong family, they will be presenting the Founders Scholarship, awarding $1,250.00 each to two individuals with a background in the beef industry who will be furthering their education.

In keeping with our tradition of honoring those who freely give their time and service to our event and with the blessing of the May family, World Beef Expo will continue to present the former Paul May Award.  The Friends of World Beef Expo Award will be presented annually to one or more people who have been chosen in honor of their service throughout the years.


2018 Dave Delong, Janesville, WI
2017, All past winners were honored at the 25th Anniversary Celebration.
2016 Shawn and Nancy Doherty, Watertown, WI.
2015 Mark Brede, Panora, Iowa



L to R: 2016 winners: The Doherty Family - TJ, Aubrey, Nancy, Shawn, Elisa, and Izzy





The Paul May Award

The Paul May Award is presented each year to someone who has done an outstanding job of supporting the World Beef Expo. Recipients are selected by the World Beef Expo Board of Directors for their dedication and commitment to making the World Beef Expo a success. The list of recipients include volunteers for a specific project, long term board members,  long time breed representatives, and others who have given their time and energy to promote the World Beef Expo.  The work of these individuals has greatly contributed to the continued success of this top notch beef show. 

The Award is named for Paul May who was the first President of the World Beef Expo. He was instrumental in organizing the first shows and his commitment and dedication contributed to the overall success and longevity of the World Beef Expo. 


Paul May Award Recipients 
1993: Paul May- Mineral Point, WI 
1994: Mike Siemens- Smithfield, VA 
1995: John Weiskircher- Shullsburg, WI 
1996: Ardel Quam- Lodi, WI 
1997: Tim Erickson- Buffalo, MO 
1998: Dick Hauser- Richland Center, WI 
1999: Dr. Robert Walton- Deforest, WI 
2000: Angie Siemens- Smithfield, WI 
2001: Sally Stryffler- Wooster, OH
2002: Dr. Tom Beckett- Birnamwood, WI 
2003: Nancy Thomas- Cobb, WI 
2004: Melvin Haak- Polo, IL 
2005: Diane Handsacker- Lena, IL; Daria Stransky- Owatonna, MN
2006: Tom Tomaw- Barneveld, WI 
2007: Terry & Diane Kegley - Burlington, WI 
2008: Gregg May – Mineral Point, WI 
2009: Glenn Erickson – Neenah, WI 
2010: Greg Miller - Lancaster, WI
2011: Brian Bolan - Oconomowoc, WI
2012: Jerry Huth - Oakfield, WI
2013: Jim Murray 
2014: C.J. Brown - Lindenwood, IL










 Past Paul May Award winners at the 25th Anniversary















Board of Directors

It takes many volunteers to make World Beef Expo run smoothly. Our committees and board members work year-round to organize and build a successful expo.


World Beef Expo Executive Board  

Jim Renn President Term 2, Year 1
Bruce Thorson Vice President Term 2, Year 3
Kevin Doherty Treasurer Term 1, Year 3
Joe Scott Secretary Term 1, Year 1
Lucianna Reese   Term 2 Year 2
Jerry Stephens   Term 1, Year 1
Randy Redford   Term 1, Year 1
Shane Miller   Term 2, Year 3
Erica Langholff   Term 1 Year 1
Jeff Swenson Ex-Officio  
Andy Hornung Director of Finance  

Expo Advisory Committee

Ardel Quam Past-President
John Weiskircher Past-President
John Freitag WI Beef Council
Tom Tomaw Friend
Bob Walton Friend
Gregg May Sponsor
Dianne & Terry Kegley Past Trade Show
Bernie O'Rourke UW Extension Youth Livestock Specialist
Ron Russell UW-Madison
Dr. Tom Beckett Past Supervisor
Terry Quam WI Cattleman Association
Scott Bayer WLBA




Breed Representatives: 

Merrie Nimmer American British White Park
Ken Hartzell Angus
Julie Willis Belted Galloway
Jerry Stephens, Joyce Jones American Galloway
EJ Lillesand Chianina
Ron Russell Gelbvieh
Matt Hipsher Galloway
Holly Paulson Hereford
Ben Schmidtke, Heather Bailey Highland
Bart Mitchell Limousin
Mark Brede Maine-Anjou
Steve Cummings Murray Grey
Dennis Hennerberg Piedmontese
Diana Beckius Pinzgauer
Scott Bayer Red Angus
Eric Johnson Shorthorn
Jeff Swenson Simmental