Farm Progress

More than 3,800 head of the nation’s best beef cattle, horses, sheep, goats and swine will compete at the Keystone International Livestock Expo.

John Vogel, Editor, American Agriculturist

August 30, 2017

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A 3,800-HEAD ROUNDUP: ‘Hoofers’ will chase prize money and top honors at the upcoming Keystone International.

Touted as the East Coast’s largest livestock show, the 61st Keystone International Livestock Expo kicks off Friday, Sept. 29, and winds up Sunday, Oct. 8, at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg, Pa. There are a number of changes in the show schedule lineup compared to last year, so carefully check the accompanying daily schedule.

More than 3,800 head of beef cattle, horses, sheep, goats and swine from 20 states and Canada dominate the show. But KILE is the meeting grounds for livestock producers and seekers of new genetics. Beef breed associations, for instance, recognize KILE as a premier stop on the show circuit. That’s why six of 16 breeds host national points shows.

Youth also are a major KILE focus with separate junior shows, showmanship contests, steer and heifer calf prospect sales, opportunities for youth to receive scholarships and a Make It With Wool youth division.

On Thursday, Oct. 5, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Pennsylvania Livestock Association hosts its annual Livestock & Equine Forum. It’s open to all comers. The Stockman’s Trade Show is open from noon to 7 p.m., Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

While all livestock exhibitors vie for prize money, trophies and ribbons, the big money is in the Keystone Classic Barbeque Contest where competitors fire up for $9,250 in prize money and honors. That heats up Friday and Saturday, Oct. 6 and 7.


Due to the lack of early information at our print press time, we’ll have more KILE pre-show coverage closer to the event at For full details and updates, visit


About the Author(s)

John Vogel

Editor, American Agriculturist

For more than 38 years, John Vogel has been a Farm Progress editor writing for farmers from the Dakota prairies to the Eastern shores. Since 1985, he's been the editor of American Agriculturist – successor of three other Northeast magazines.

Raised on a grain and beef farm, he double-majored in Animal Science and Ag Journalism at Iowa State. His passion for helping farmers and farm management skills led to his family farm's first 209-bushel corn yield average in 1989.

John's personal and professional missions are an integral part of American Agriculturist's mission: To anticipate and explore tomorrow's farming needs and encourage positive change to keep family, profit and pride in farming.

John co-founded Pennsylvania Farm Link, a non-profit dedicated to helping young farmers start farming. It was responsible for creating three innovative state-supported low-interest loan programs and two "Farms for the Future" conferences.

His publications have received countless awards, including the 2000 Folio "Gold Award" for editorial excellence, the 2001 and 2008 National Association of Ag Journalists' Mackiewicz Award, several American Agricultural Editors' "Oscars" plus many ag media awards from the New York State Agricultural Society.

Vogel is a three-time winner of the Northeast Farm Communicators' Farm Communicator of the Year award. He's a National 4-H Foundation Distinguished Alumni and an honorary member of Alpha Zeta, and board member of Christian Farmers Outreach.

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