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2011 McCook Farm and Ranch Expo offers new events

Robyn Scherer, M.Agr.
Staff Reporter

The fourth annual McCook Farm and Ranch Expo is set to kick off this coming week, and attendees will see a couple of new events, in addition to the fully packed trade show.

The show starts on Wednesday, November 16, with a free producer’s breakfast from 7:30 a.m. – 9 a.m. “It is for any producers, and anyone is welcome to come,” said Tana Dale, one of the owners of the show.

The show then opens at 9 a.m., and attendees can browse booths from over 425 venders from 25 states and Australia. It is expected that over 10,000 people will attend the show mostly from Nebraska, Colorado and Kansas.

The expo will be held at the Red Willow County Fairgrounds in McCook, Neb. Admission and parking are free.

The show will feature a wide variety of exhibitors, including farm and ranch equipment, seed and chemicals, agricultural services, irrigation manufacturers, financial providers, commodity organizations, colleges, governmental services, home services, furniture and art galleries. “There will be something for everyone,” said Darren Dale, co-owner of the show.

Throughout both days, Scott Daily, professional horse trainer, will be giving demonstrations. He will be displaying low stress training techniques. Daily has been training horses for 15 years, and if from Oklahoma.

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Kurtzer’s Walker Mowers will be giving Park and Ride Demonstrations both days as well. They will be showcasing their zero turn mowers, and an obstacle course will be set up to run the mowers through.

An immunization clinic will also take place on both days all day, and is offered by the Red Willow County Health Department. They will be offering influenza vaccinations.

At 10 a.m. on both days, a seminar will be presented by AgXcelerator/Farmlogic in the Merchants building. Quirt Hunt, professional bull fighter, with be signing autographs at the American Hat Company Booth on both days. On Wednesday, World Champion Steer Wrestler Dean Gorsuch will also be signing autographs at this time, at booth 167.

The beer garden will open at 12 p.m. both days.

Speakers on Wednesday include Robert Tigner and Brian Strauch, who will speak at 1 p.m. Their presentation is called “Commodity price outlook, price cost and feed calcuator.”

Miss Rodeo Nebraska Beck Grimm will be signing autographs in the afternoon both days at the Plains Equipment and 105.3 booths.

One of the most exciting events of the show will take place on Wednesday evening at 6 p.m., when the first annual working ranch horse sale and benefit FFA auction will take place.

Nine horses from ages 3-15 will be offered. All of the horses are broke, and guaranteed to be ready to go to work. “This is the only farm show in the country that has a horse auction, and we are really excited for it this year,” said Darren Dale.

Immediately following the horse sale, a benefit FFA auction will be held, and all proceeds will benefits the FFA chapters who submit the items. McCook FFA will be offering a 1983 Ford Ranger, Dundy County Stratton FFA is auctioning a saddle rack, Cheylin FFA built a 10 foot tilt bed utility trailer, and Southwest Public FFA will be offering a receiver hitch luggage rack.

“The FFA kids are making projects in shop and they will be auctioning those. The money goes back to the chapters. It’s a good fundraiser for them. This is the first year for this as well,” said Tana Dale.

At 1 p.m. on Thursday, Tim Shaver, the Nutrient Management Specialist at the UNL West Central Research and Extension Center in North Platte, Neb., will be giving a presentation called “Nutrition Management: Now and In The Future.”

“My current research also focuses on nutrient management for crops in water limited environments. A large component of this research is managing water and nutrient needs under climatic conditions that lead to a water deficit where evaporation potential is greater than average annual precipitation,” said Shaver.

At the close of the show, two packages will be given away from The Tri-City Storm hockey that include 10 tickets per package. Attendees only need to register for the drawing, they do not need to be present to win.

Corporate sponsors for the expo include Plains Equipment Group formally known as Southwest Implement, Hometown Family Radio and The American Hat Company.

“At this show, producers can gain knowledge on the new techniques and practices in farming and ranching and stay ahead of the game,” said Tana Dale.