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Dates Set for Hoosier Beef CongressDates Set for Hoosier Beef Congress

Hundreds of kids and cattle will invade fairgrounds.

Tom Bechman 1

October 11, 2010

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What started as an experiment is now ready for its twenty-fourth annual run. The Hoosier Beef Congress takes place Friday, Dec 3 through Sunday December 5. As always, it will be held in the cattle barn at the Indiana State fairgrounds in Indianapolis.

One of the Midwest’s premier cattle shows, some 1,000 junior exhibitors plus their families are expected for the three-day shows. More than1,500 head of cattle will pass through either the show ring, sale ring, or both. The event is open to both heifers and steers. Many cattle that you will see at the show will be 4-H projects exhibited by 4-H members at county fairs and the Indiana State fair next summer.

Junior shows will be conducted for the following breeds: Angus, Belted Galloway, Charolais, Chianina, Gelbvieh, Hereford, Limousin, Maine-Anjou, Maintainer, Red Poll, Salers, Shorthorn, Shorthorn Plus, Simmental, Percentage Simmental and Red Angus. That’s 16 divisions recognized for the 2010 show.


All breeds except Belted Galloway, Red Poll and Salers will also feature sales during the three-day event. Besides the breed events, commercial heifers and commercial steers will also be exhibited, and included in sales.


The Congress also features a trade show staffed by vendors, government agencies and commodity groups, with plenty of information about cattle, plus tons of ideas for Christmas gifts for the cattle enthusiast.


Other activities for exhibitors will be offered, including a coloring contest for kids under 8, and a rookie division for first-time attendees. Hoosier Beef Congress is open for exhibitors from third grade through 21, as long as they do not exceed 21 as of December 31, 2010.

The show will again utilize four show rings, decorated with garland and a few Christmas trees here and there to put everyone in the Christmas spirit. Set-up and behind-the-scenes activities are the responsibility of the sponsoring committee, with help from Franklin FFA members. This is the third year that Franklin FFA members will assist at Hoosier Beef Congress.

Registration deadline for entering cattle into the sale is October 15. Deadline for Junior Show registration is Nov. 1. Information on such things as showmanship rules and a full schedule of events is available on the Web. Visit: www.hoosierbeefcongress.com. Or you can get the same information with a call to the Indiana Beef Cattle Association office in Indianapolis at 317- 293-2333.

About the Author(s)

Tom Bechman 1

Editor, Indiana Prairie Farm

Tom Bechman is an important cog in the Farm Progress machinery. In addition to serving as editor of Indiana Prairie Farmer, Tom is nationally known for his coverage of Midwest agronomy, conservation, no-till farming, farm management, farm safety, high-tech farming and personal property tax relief. His byline appears monthly in many of the 18 state and regional farm magazines published by Farm Progress.

"I consider it my responsibility and opportunity as a farm magazine editor to supply useful information that will help today's farm families survive and thrive," the veteran editor says.

Tom graduated from Whiteland (Ind.) High School, earned his B.S. in animal science and agricultural education from Purdue University in 1975 and an M.S. in dairy nutrition two years later. He first joined the magazine as a field editor in 1981 after four years as a vocational agriculture teacher.

Tom enjoys interacting with farm families, university specialists and industry leaders, gathering and sifting through loads of information available in agriculture today. "Whenever I find a new idea or a new thought that could either improve someone's life or their income, I consider it a personal challenge to discover how to present it in the most useful form, " he says.

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