North American International Livestock Exposition (NAILE) officials announced that the Beef Cattle Show Division is scheduled for November 14-20. The rotating show lineup that began last year, along with the staggered arrival and release schedule continues. This year 19 different breeds will be represented, and 12 of the shows carry a “national” designation. The complete show schedule can be found on the NAILE website at www.livestockexpo.org.
Feeder Calf Show Expanded
The NAILE Single Steer and Single Heifer Shows will now allow individual entries without the requirement that the animal be a part of a Pen-of-Three to qualify to show. Show officials expect this change to lead to increased numbers and quality in this single competition. The minimum weight for feeder steers has increased from 750 lbs. to 800 lbs. The Feeder Calf and Pen Heifer Shows are scheduled for the afternoon of Saturday, Nov. 14 and will be followed by the Sale.
Sale Cattle Rule Change
One Beef Cattle Division rule change concerns all sale cattle. Starting this year, sale animals must have premise Electronic Identification (EID) tags.
The junior shows begin on Saturday, Nov. 14 in the Kentucky Exposition Center’s Broadbent Arena. On Sunday, junior shows are scheduled in both Broadbent Arena and Freedom Hall. Since 2007 winners from purebred and percentage Junior Heifer Shows compete for the Supreme Champion honor and a $2,500 prize. In addition, Main Trailer Sales of Seymour, Indiana will award the winner with a free one-year trailer lease.
The Junior Steer Show takes place on Sunday, Nov. 15. One rule change for the show is that steers will no longer be mouthed. The four NAILE junior market shows, including the Junior Steer Show, are sponsored by Farm Credit Mid America. Grand and Reserve Champion Steers are auctioned at the NAILE Sale of Champions held on Nov. 19 at 7:00 pm. The Sale is preceded by a reception starting at 6:00 pm, and everyone is invited to attend.
All Beef Cattle Division Shows will again be video streamed live on the NAILE website. Video archives of the 2014 are still available on the NAILE’s You Tube channel.
Catalogs containing show information and rules are available for download on the NAILE website at www.livestockexpo.org. Printed catalogs and entry forms are automatically mailed to those who have participated in the NAILE the past two years. Catalogs are free, and anyone wishing to receive one should contact the NAILE offices at P.O. Box 36367, Louisville, KY 40233-6367, by fax at 502-367-5299, or by e-mail at KFECNAILE@ksfb.ky.gov.
Entry deadline beef cattle shows is October 1. Exhibitors may submit entries by mail at any time and on the website beginningSeptember 1.
The 42nd Annual NAILE is produced by the Commonwealth of Kentucky at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville, Kentucky under the direction of the Kentucky State Fair Board. During the Expo’s run November 3 through 20, the facility’s entire 1,200,000 square feet of climate-controlled exhibit space is used. More than 220,000 visitors and exhibitors attend the event annually.