UW-Saddle and Sirloin makes changes to 2014 Badger Kick-Off Classic

Mackenzie Cash, General Chair for the 2014 Badger Kick-Off Classic, announces that the show will be held at a new location, the Alliant Energy Center in Madison, WI.

Madison, WI (August 5, 2014)- The 2014 Badger Kick-Off Classic will be the 20th show hosted by UW-Saddle and Sirloin. The first show was held at the Stock Pavilion on campus in Madison with around 50 head of cattle. Within a few years the show had caught on so well that the Pavilion no longer was a large enough facility. This is when the move was made to the Wisconsin State Fair Park in West Allis, WI, originally needing only one barn on site to stall cattle.

With the growth in entries over the last 10 years, Saddle and Sirloin has had to increase stalling areas branching out into the double deck barn-first just the lower level and then even filling the upper deck as well. With Alliant Energy Center’s announcement of the New Holland Pavilions construction project, came a decision for the 2014 General Chair, Mackenzie Cash, and General Co-Chair, Alexus Butler. Contract negotiations began in April 2014 and an agreement was reached a few weeks later. The 2014-2016 shows will be held at the Alliant Energy Center in the New Holland Pavilions. 2014 dates are December 5th-7th. In 2015 the dates will be December 4th-6th, 2015. 2016 dates will be December 2nd-4th, 2016.

Pavilion 1, which is 90,000 square feet, will host two show rings, a food court with eating area, an expanded trade show, and heated wash racks. Pavilion 2, which can hold 1800 head of cattle, will be the site of all the cattle stalling. This over doubles the space of cattle stalling for exhibitors. Pavilion 2 also offers easy access for unloading and loading at arrival and departure and easy trailer parking near the facilities. There will also be free parking on grounds.

Saddle and Sirloin hopes that Badger Kick-Off Classic can continue to grow in the New Holland Pavilions and looks forward to working with the Alliant Energy Center and staff. For additional information please contact Mackenzie Cash at or visit

Supreme Champion Drive Results

Supreme Champion Drive Results
2013 Badger Kick-Off Classic

December 7-8, 2013
Wisconsin State Fair Park, West Allis, Wis.

Market Animal Drive

Judge: Chris Mullinix, Manhattan, Kan.

Supreme Champion Market Animal: Gracie Russell (Crossbred)
Reserve Supreme Champion Market Animal: Hagen Fouch (Charolais)
Third Overall Market Animal: Grace Voss (Res. Crossbred)
Fourht Overall Market Animal: Alexis Bremer (Chianina)
Champion Maintainer: Ben Bravard (Simmental)

Breeding Female Drive

Judge: Dean Janssen, Peoria, Ill.

Supreme Champion Heifer: Tyler Verbeck (Commercial)
Reserve Supreme Champion Heifer: Lisa Reid (Appendix Shorthorn)
Third Overall Heifer: Maddy Udell (Shorthorn)
Fourth Overall Heifer: Cade VanVliet (Maine)
Fifth Overall Heifer:  Kalyn Ganske (Angus)

Sunday Market Animal Winners and Full Results

Market Animal Show Results
2013 Badger Kick-Off Classic

December 7-8, 2013
Wisconsin State Fair Park, West Allis, Wis.

Judge: Chris Mullinix, Manhattan, Kan.

Champion Market Heifer: Kade Killmer
Res. Champion Market Heifer: Emma Vickland

Champion Mainetainer: Joe Herr
Res. Champion Mainetainer: Ben Bravard

Champion Shorthorn: Krista Zueger
Res. Champion Shorthorn: Casey Martin

Champion Hereford: Nicholas Torrance
Res. Champion Hereford: Kaci Keppen

Champion AOB: Hunter Dischler
Res. Champion AOB: Max McClure

Champion Crossbred: Gracie Russell
Res. Champion Crossbred: Grace Voss


Sunday Heifer Winners and Full Results

Breeding Female Show Results
2013 Badger Kick-Off Classic

December 7-8, 2013
Wisconsin State Fair Park, West Allis, Wis.

Judge: Dean Janssen, Peoria, Ill.

Champion Angus: Kalyn Ganske
Res. Champion Angus: Austin Nowatzke

Champion Chianina: Cal DeWitt
Res. Champion Chianina: Blake Wilkins

Champion Simmental: Olivia McGurk
Res. Champion Simmental: Kagney Collins

Champion Low Percentage Simmental: Maddy Udell
Res. Champion Low Percentage Simmental: Tyler Verbeck

Champion Charolais: Preston Wimmler
Res. Champion Maine: Maddy Udell

Champion AOB: Ellistin Morey
Res. Champion AOB: Courtney Swalve

Champion Commercial: Tyler Verbeck
Res. Champion Commercial: Madison Conrad

Full Results (link below):



Saturday Market Animal Winners and Full Results

Market Animal Show Results
2013 Badger Kick-Off Classic

December 7-8, 2013
Wisconsin State Fair Park, West Allis, Wis.

Judge: Chris Mullinix, Manhattan, Kan.

Champion Appendix Shorthorn: Sydney Dunphy
Reserve Champion Appendix Shorthorn: Abby Tomhave

Champion Chianina: Alexis Bremer
Res. Champion Chianina: Lauren May

Champion Simmental: Ben Bravard
Res. Champion Simmental: Logan McCrea

Champion Angus: Alexis Kast
Res. Champion Angus: Claire Hawthorne

Champion Maine: Mollie McCulloh
Res. Champion Maine: Kayla Morrow

Champion Charolais: Hagen Fouch
Res. Champion Charolais: Olivia Caldwell

Full Results (link below):


Saturday Heifer Winners and Full Results

Breeding Female Show Results
2013 Badger Kick-Off Classic

December 7-8, 2013
Wisconsin State Fair Park, West Allis, Wis.

Judge: Dean Janssen, Peoria, Ill.

Champion Maine: Cade VanVliet
Res. Champion Maine: Darcie Jones

Champion Mainetainer: Makenna Buesing
Res. Champion Mainetainer: Gracie Danner

Champion Shorthorn: Maddy Udell
Res. Champion: Riley Ruble

Champion Appendix Shorthorn: Lisa Reid
Res. Champion Appendix Shorthorn: Madison Snyder

Champion Hereford: Korbin Collins
Res. Champion Hereford: Grant Wiswell

Full Results:


Travel Advisory: Zoo Interchange Construction – Exit 76th St. for BKOC!

To all those traveling to this year’s BKOC, there is road construction near Wisconsin State Fair Park.

Specifically, the 84th Street exit closest to Gate 5 is currently closed. All traffic from eastbound I-94 can use a temporary exit at 76th Street to access the park. Once on 76th Street, turn RIGHT onto Greenfield Avenue, then RIGHT on to 84th Street and proceed north to Gate 5. BKOC exhibitors should still enter Gate 5.

To exit the park, the easiest interstate access is also via Greenfield Avenue. Travelers can take 84th street south to Greenfield Avenue, turning right. Once westbound on Greenfield, drivers can use I-894 to access westbound I-94. Alternatively, travelers can head north on 84th street and use Bluemound Road to access I-94

Click the map below or here for details. Detour routes near Wisconsin State Fair Park are well signed.

Travel Advisory - Zoo Interchange

News Release: Badger Kick-Off Classic to be held Dec. 6-8

The University of Wisconsin-Madison Saddle & Sirloin Club is pleased to announce that the 19th Annual Badger Kick-Off Classic Open Prospect Steer & Heifer Show (BKOC) will be held Dec. 6-8 at the Wisconsin State Fair Park in West Allis, Wis.

BKOC is one of the upper Midwest’s largest prospect beef cattle shows, drawing nearly 800 head from more than a dozen states in 2012. It is presented and organized entirely by the UW-Madison Saddle & Sirloin Club, a student organization at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

“We are excited to welcome nearly 800 of the Midwest’s best prospects to Wisconsin for this weekend,” said Taylor Fritsch, the show’s chair. “The hard work of our students and continued support of our sponsors have helped BKOC mature into a leading destination for prospect cattle.”

Badger Kick-Off will again include a market cattle and breeding female show, as well as free junior showmanship classes. Cash payouts, Andis clippers and other awards are presented to top animals.

A full schedule, entry forms, rules and health regulations are available on the show website, While pre-entry has closed, walk-in entries are accepted. Questions and other inquiries can be directed to Taylor Fritsch at 608.341.7240 or via email at

Badger Kick-Off Classic would not be possible without the support of more than fifty sponsors. Major sponsors of this year’s show include LubriSyn LVS Livestock and Max-Strum, Andis, Bob May Show Steers, Milwaukee Stockyards and The Showtimes Junior Livestock Magazine.


Saddle & Sirloin is a student organization at UW-Madison for students interested in beef, sheep, swine and equine. Members enjoy educational outreach, service activities and social events. The organization builds camaraderie among students interested in the animal sciences and offers valuable learning and leadership opportunities.

All NEW Badger Kick-Off Classic Stalling Auction THIS Wednesday, Nov. 27

Hate looking for enough stalling space at Badger Kick-Off? Like to be close the to ring? Just don’t want to come to the fairgrounds early on Friday to hold on to your spot? Don’t worry! The Badger Kick-Off has a solution for you.

Created as a result of popular demand for a way to reserve space at the Badger Kick-Off, we’ve created an optional way for exhibitors to purchase a space through an auction format. We’ve partnered with our friends at for an online sale that will open Tuesday, Nov. 26 at 8 a.m. and close at 8 p.m. CST on Nov. 27.

Here’s how it works:

  • The auction will feature ten lots. Each lot will entitle the purchasing exhibitor to 30 feet of stall space on one side of the aisle. Lots are located on the east side of the cattle barn (closest to the show ring), but can be moved down the aisle (but not to other aisles) at the buyer’s request and BKOC’s approval.
  • All lots will be priced to start at $50, with $10 bid increments.
  • Payment must be received prior to BKOC for the space to be reserved. Reserved spaces will be held open until registration closes on Saturday, December 7.

Exhibitors are in no way obligated to purchase a lot – we will find reasonable space for all exhibitors in the barns.

Please note that exhibitors will not be permitted in the barns before 6 a.m. on Friday, December 6. Any exhibitor in the barns before this time will be removed. This will be strictly enforced. 

Below is a map of the lots. Access the sale here.

Stalling Auction Lots