Before the fields thaw, the Northlands Farm and Ranch Show is your opportunity to view quality equipment and livestock to incorporate into your operations.
This year’s show, which runs from March 26-28, features some new events, including the prospect steer and heifer show. This event showcases calves born in 2014, in a junior division on March 27 and an open division (where the big money will be awarded) on March 28.
“The show cattle world is growing and now is the opportune time to get community involvement and foster quality opportunities for youth in the industry,” said Suzanne Bielert.
“This year, we’re sponsoring $4,000 in guaranteed prize money and 75 per cent of all entry fees collected go back to participants.”
There will also be an educational cattle clinic on March 26. Youth participants can book a time to bring their animal for a one-on-one clipping and fitting session and also receive showmanship advice.
The addition of the prospect calf show is timely as the rise in prices has more young people thinking of a career in the cattle industry.
The feature breed at this year’s show is prospect steer and heifer show and two members of the Prime Limousin Club — Excel Ranches and Hillview Farms — have animals from their purebred herds on display. Club members will be on hand to talk about the merits of the breed and the value they bring to the cattle industry.
The show, at Northlands Edmonton Expo Centre, also features a trade show and three daily ‘AgriChat’ information sessions, with a focus on horticulture for this year. Experts will give presentations, and take questions, on topics such as planting for pollinators, creating edible landscapes, and “lasagna gardening,” which promises lessons on how to “do less work and grow more food.”
Other daily events include a performance horse sale, equine clinics, an alpaca show, and the Canadian College Finals Rodeo.
“This year features five halls dedicated to livestock shows, equine programming, clinicians, and small livestock displays,” said Bielert. “We’re confident that the show will provide the industry with the opportunity to create meaningful connections and learn the tools of the trade for doing business in this province.”
For more info on this year’s show, visit farmandranchshow.com.