Kentucky Agricultural News

 

Come to the Kentucky Farm Bureau Beef Expo
for some of Kentucky's best beef cattle genetics

Agriculture Commissioner James R. Comer

If you’re a beef cattle producer looking to upgrade your herd, there’s no better place to be March 2-4 than the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville. Exhibitors at the 26th annual Kentucky Farm Bureau Beef Expo will show and sell some of the best beef cattle genetics Kentucky has to offer. As a cattle producer, I certainly appreciate the importance of a strong genetic base in a successful cattle herd, so I’m very excited to be a part of the Kentucky Farm Bureau Beef Expo as your agriculture commissioner.

Kentucky is the leading beef cattle state east of the Mississippi River. Our total cattle and calf inventory stood at 2.15 million as of Jan. 1, according to the Kentucky office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service. Kentucky has always had strong cattle numbers, and over the past several years Kentucky producers have made great strides in improving their cattle quality. At the expo, you’ll be able to see how far we’ve come.

Last year’s expo attracted 195 consignors from 15 states. A total of 498 lots sold for an average of $1,720 per head, an 18 percent improvement over the previous year. The junior show saw 510 animals pass through the show ring, of which 187 were from Kentucky. We expect similar or better results this year.

Commissioner
James R. Comer

The Kentucky Department of Agriculture once again will play an important role in the expo. Staff from the state veterinarian’s office will check the health papers of all the animals that enter the Kentucky Exposition Center. Other KDA employees will help conduct the shows and sales. The Kentucky Department of Agriculture works closely with the beef expo board in promoting, advertising, and coordinating the event. My staff and I will do everything we can to make this another memorable Kentucky Farm Bureau Beef Expo.

Kentucky producers took in more than $615 million from the sales of cattle and calves in 2010, a 27 percent increase over 2009 cash receipts of $484.6 million. As cattle producers, we all want to see this upward trend continue, and the expo can help by bringing hundreds of top-quality purebred cattle together under one roof.

For a full schedule of breed shows and sales and other events, go to http://kybeefexpo.com. I hope to see you at the Kentucky Farm Bureau Beef Expo!