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Kirkwood to Host Highest Payout Youth Cattle Show in Nation

By November 16, 2018 November 27th, 2018 No Comments
Youth Cattle Show

More than $60,000 in cash and prizes will be awarded to competitors aged 21 and under

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (November 16, 2018)-Kirkwood Community College will host Down 4 the Cause, the highest paying youth cattle show in the United States, on November 24-25 at the Iowa Equestrian Center. More than $60,000 in cash and prizes will be given to the competitors.

Now in its second year, the Down 4 the Cause show was created by Willie and Lea Morris to make selling cattle a rewarding way to give back to juniors in the industry. In addition, more than 100 sponsors contributed to the event as a way to promote the industry to the cattle professionals of tomorrow.

To Morris, the show is great exposure to youth while promoting the cattle industry as a whole.

“We’re very proud that Down 4 the Cause is the largest payout junior show in the nation,” said Morris. “Over 100 sponsors have united through donations to accumulate over $60,000 in cash and prizes for the show cattle industry’s junior exhibitors. It’s also a unique way of networking between industry breeders and vendors.”

The show also provides valuable agriculture business experience for Kirkwood students. Hoof-N-Horn, an agriculture-focused student group and sponsor of the event, will be involved in the show as well.

According to Iowa Equestrian Center Manager Liz Lindner, a show of this magnitude gives the students an experience seldom available to them.

“The students involved in this show will get to learn in a real-world, hands-on environment,” said Lindner. “In addition to being a part of the cattle weigh-in and competition, they’ll have an invaluable opportunity to network with others in the cattle industry. It’s really a prime example of the type of incredible learning environment for students that happens every day here at Kirkwood.”

For more information about the Down 4 the Cause show, go to


What: Down 4 the Cause Youth Cattle Show
Where: The Iowa Equestrian Center, 801 76th Ave Dr SW, Cedar Rapids
When: November 24-25; Show begins at 9 a.m. both days