December 21, 2018
The Western Farm Show is back for its 58th year at the American Royal Complex in Kansas City, Mo., Feb. 22-24.
With 500 exhibitors and 400,000 square feet of exhibit space, all under one roof, there is plenty to see in the way of new equipment, farm structures, fertilizer, feed, seed, and technology.
Ken Dean, Western Farm Show manager, says there are a few stops individuals will want to make during the event.
1. The Stockmanship and Stewardship Low-Stress Livestock Handling Demonstration, sponsored by MFA Incorporated, will be held at 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Feb. 23 in the Scott Pavilion, adjacent to the American Royal. The demonstrations are led by Dr. Ron Gill, Ph.D., Texas AgriLife Extension Specialist, who has been providing technical expertise to livestock producers in beef cattle nutrition, management and livestock handling techniques for over 22 years.
Ranchers can learn how to incorporate the economic benefits of improved livestock handling through reduced sickness and labor and improved weight gains. “This is a must-attend event for livestock producers, regardless of the size of their operation,” Dean says. Admission is free to all Western Farm Show attendees.
2. The Health & Safety Roundup will again be coordinated by the Missouri Farm Bureau, offering blood pressure, hearing and vision screenings at no cost, as well as cholesterol screenings for a nominal fee. Highway safety will be presented by the Missouri and Kansas Highway Patrols, while other organizations will offer displays and demonstrations covering such topics as gun safety, crime prevention, hazardous materials and grain bin safety.
Diane Olson, director of promotion and education for the Missouri Farm Bureau, noted that many show attendees consider a stop at the Health & Safety Roundup to be their annual physical checkup. “While it is not intended to take the place of a regular wellness exam, in some cases these screenings have alerted participants to consult with their doctor before potential health issues become more serious,” Olson says.
3. Technology exhibit, which will feature its Equipment Technician Training Program for students looking to earn a degree in equipment maintenance and repair.
The Western Farm Show is produced by the Western Equipment Dealers Association, which represents regional agricultural equipment dealers. Show hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Feb. 22-23; and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Feb. 24.
Adult tickets are $10 daily. Children ages 12 and under are free. A $3 off coupon is available by filling out a survey on the show’s website or visiting a participating dealer member of the Western Equipment Dealers Association.
For more information visit westernfarmshow.com.
Source: Western Equipment Dealers Association
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