Now in it’s 24th year, the Badger Kick-Off Classic is Wisconsin’s premier prospect steer and heifer show. Held on the first weekend of December each year at the Alliant Energy Center, the show drew over 950 entries from several states in 2017 and continues to grow.

The show is operated entirely by the University of Wisconsin-Madison Saddle & Sirloin Club as one of its primary fundraisers. Each year, this group of students volunteer many hours to make BKOC a success. The club is assisted by advisors Terry Jobsis, Ronald Russel, and Bernie O’Rourke, as well as the Department of Animal Sciences at UW-Madison. Proceeds from the show have supported student scholarships, funded community service activities, and defrayed costs of attending contests, conferences, and study tours.

The event would not take place without the exceptional support of many sponsors. If you’re interested in joining these businesses and individuals in supporting Wisconsin’s livestock industry and Saddle & Sirloin, check out our sponsorship opportunities or contact our show chairs listed below. Be sure to thank and support all of our sponsors when you see them!


BKOC Chairs

Bailey Fritsch

BKOC Student Chair


(608) 341-8397

Emily Schwanke

BKOC Student Co-Chair



UW Saddle & Sirloin Advisors

Terry Jobsis

Saddle & Sirloin Advisor


(608) 265-3273

Ron Russell

Saddle & Sirloin Advisor


(608) 262-2987

Bernie O'Rourke

Saddle & Sirloin Advisor


(608) 263-4304