Last week marked the end of the official 4-H showing season for livestock. For cattle junkies, at least, it's only a short wait until the new season begins. Not long after the last Ribeye sandwich is sold and the last Hot Beef Sundae, new hit of the Indiana State Fair, were devoured, Indiana Beef Cattle Association staff will be turning attention to their next major production- the Hoosier Beef Congress. It's grown into one of the premier preview shows for next year's showing season in the entire Midwest. This year's Congress is Nov. 30- Dec. 2, to be held on the Indiana State Fairgrounds.
Julia Wickard, executive secretary of IBCA, and her staff have other projects underway, but Hoosier Beef Congress involves lots of planning. Wickard's assistant, Dawn Davis, will be devoting much of her time and energy to the effort.
"We're going live with a new Website for that event exclusively that's a big improvement," Davis told the Board of Directors recently. "Families will be able to enroll animals for the show and get lots of other information from this new, more visual site."
Look for the site beginning Sept. 1, Davis says. It will be easy to find. Just go to: www.hoosierbeefcongress.com.
Hoosier Beef Congress involves more than just cattle shows for steers and heifers, Davis notes. It also includes commercial exhibits, breed sales of purebred animals offered by various associations, and activities specifically for youth.
It's built as a weekend getaway for families with 4-H'ers interested in the beef project. The event runs from Friday through Sunday, with major shows scheduled on Saturday and Sunday of the event.
Whereas not everyone may feel they can travel to or compete in shows at the North American International Livestock Exposition, held in Louisville in early November, Hoosier Beef Congress, appeals to 4-H'ers with calves they're beginning to get ready for the next show season.
IBCA officials also hope it's a time to promote beef cattle as an industry, and education as well, including such things as premise identification. All exhibitors from Indiana must have a premise identification number, available through the Indiana Board of Animal Health.
For more details, visit the new site, beginning Sept. 1.