The winner of the Iowa State Fair's "Super Bull Contest" is an 8-year-old Charolais bull named "Big Daddy." Big Daddy is owned by Craig Stalcup of Prescott, in southwest Iowa. Big Daddy weighed in at 3,012 pounds to take home the 'Super Bull' title. His competition weighed in at 2,501 pounds and 1,329 pounds.
This is not the first state fair award for Big Daddy, who was raised by Stalcup. Six years ago, this bull also took home top honors as a "long yearling" at the Iowa State Fair, Minnesota State Fair, and the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo.
Although he won the title of Super Bull at the Iowa State Fair this year, Big Daddy fell 392 pounds short of becoming the record-holder 'Super Bull.' A bull named Big Black, an Angus bull also owned by Stalcup Farms Charolais, along with Joe Holub of What Cheer, became the record holder at the 2009 fair, weighing in at 3,404 pounds. Big Black is still the all-time heaviest Super Bull at the Iowa State Fair
You can see Big Daddy in the Cattle Barn at Iowa State Fair
The second-place bull in the 2014 contest was "Wingnut," a Red Angus bull owned by Doug Sudbrock of Indianola. Sudbrock also owned the third place bull this year, another Red Angus named "Grumpy."
The top three winners this year received $750, $450 and $300 respectively. The premium money is provided by the Iowa Cattlemen's Association, Hawkeye Breeders Service of Adel and the Iowa State Fair. You can see Big Daddy in the south annex of the Cattle Barn through the run of the 2014 fair.
About the Iowa Cattlemen's Association: The Iowa Cattlemen's Association represents 10,000 beef-producing families and associated companies dedicated to the future of Iowa's beef cattle industry. ICA's mission is "Grow Iowa's beef business through advocacy, leadership and education."
Iowa Cattlemen's Association regional meetings upcoming
In other news, the Iowa Cattlemen's Association has announced it will hold four regional meetings around the state, beginning later this month. This year, the regional meetings will have a strong state and federal legislative focus. Candidates for U.S. House and Senate races, as well as those for state legislative races, have been invited to the meetings.
Each of these evening meetings will begin at 5:30 p.m. with networking time, then a meal that will be served at 6:15 p.m. Following the meal, there will be a short ICA legislative update. After that, candidates attending the event can introduce themselves, and ICA members can ask questions of the candidates about their legislative priorities for the upcoming session.
Meeting dates and locations are:
* Southeast Region - Monday, Aug. 25 - Mary Marr Lodge, 2943 Hwy. 92, Ainsworth.
* Northwest Region - Tuesday, Sept. 2 - Hartley Community Center, 820 2nd St. NE, Hartley.
* Southwest Region - Thursday, Sept. 4 - Audubon Golf & Country Club, 520 S. Division St., Audubon.
* Northeast Region - Monday, Sept. 8 - Edgewood Locker Event Center, 303 No. Washington St., Edgewood.
ICA is requesting reservations in order to plan meal counts most efficiently. Please call 515-296-2266 until the day before the meeting you plan to attend with the number of people who will be attending with you.