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First Ever Production Sale and Beef Showcase at Purdue

Opportunity to learn and buy quality cattle on the same day.

It's not every day you get to learn and have an opportunity to make a good investment in the same day, let alone at the same event. That's the opportunity before you when the Purdue University Animal Sciences Research and Education Center holds it's first annual production cattle sale and farm showcase.

Angela Hoffman, a senior student active in the Purdue Block & Bridle Club, officially made the announcement recently. The Block & Bridle Club is helping manage and publicize the event. It's made up of Purdue students, primarily those in the Animal Sciences option. Hoffman, however, is completing a degree in Ag Communications.

The event is slated for Saturday, April 25 at the Beef Unit. It's part of the Purdue Animal Farms complex, located about two miles north of Montmorenci, or about 10 miles northwest of West Lafayette. The complex is approximately two miles north of U.S. 52 and one mile east of U.S. 231.

What organizers are calling the informational showcase begins at 9:30 a.m. Topics include everything from a look at 'who's who' in Purdue animal sciences farm and research work, to a tour of the facilities. During the tour, you'll see Purdue's cattle-handling facilities, and learn about utilizing and storing co-products. One method for storing co-products that will be explored is ensiling.

Ron Lemenager, a Purdue Extension animal scientist, will provide tips on how to reduce hay requirements for the cow herd. That's a hot topic with hay supplies still tighter than normal, and prices somewhat above normal.

Lunch will be a the Beck Ag center at the Purdue Agronomic Research Center, only a couple miles from the animal farms complex. Allen Bridges, one of the organizers of the event and active in Extension, will discuss estrus synchronization, and utilizing artificial insemination to your best advantage. Industry booths will be on display and representatives will be available to talk to during and after lunch.

The event concludes with a production sale of 50 cow-calf pairs form the Purdue herd. That begins at 2 p.m. According to Hoffman, calves in this offering are out of some of the best sires in the beef cattle industry today.

For questions about either the showcase or the sale, contact Bridges at gbridges@purdue.edu, 765-494-4810, or Brian DeFreeze, manager of the beef unit, at bdefrees@purdue.edu, 765-583-2622. Or contact Hoffman with Block & Bridle at: Purdueblockandbridle@yahoo.com, or visit: www.blocknbridle.com.

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