Nebraska Cattlemen’s Classic planned Feb. 16-21
The Nebraska Cattlemen’s Classic is a premier livestock event attracting cattlemen across the Midwest, as well as throughout the United States, during its six-day run at the Buffalo County Fairgrounds in Kearney, Neb.
Among the events at this year’s event, which will be held February 16-21, will be working dog trials, a ranch horse competition and breed shows and sales featuring 12 breeds of cattle. Other activities will include a sale of the working dogs, in addition to a horse sale, a replacement pen of five heifer sale, and junior livestock shows.
The 19th annual Classic kicks off on Tues., Feb. 16, with the working dog trials beginning at 11 a.m. A ranch horse competition will be held at 2 p.m., followed by a Cattlemen’s Social at 5 p.m. The evening will conclude with a Classic Working Dog and Horse sale, beginning at 7 p.m.
According to Ronette Bush-Heinrich, manager of the Nebraska Cattlemen’s Classic, 24 horses and nine working dogs will be sold during The Classic Horse and Working Dog sale. She said a committee selects the horses that will be sold in the sale based on video footage of the horses that is sent in ahead of time. “The committee reviews the footage and determines the horses that will sell during The Classic Horse Sale,” she said. The horses, which all come from Nebraska, Kansas and Wyoming, are all well broke saddle horses that have been hand-picked by the selection committee.
On Wed., Feb. 17, The Nebraska Cattlemen’s Classic will host a Nebraska Feedlot and Veterinarian’s Day. Speakers from DuPont, aerial spraying companies, and Intervet Schering-Plough will give presentations on pasture management and aerial spraying and new animal health products. “This activity is meant to be an educational day for the feedlot workers and veterinarians, as well as the cattlemen,” she said. “It is important to have diverse events at The Classic, so cattlemen can attend and network with other cattlemen.”
New to the six-day event, will be a Classic Ladies Night, which will feature a beef and wine tasting event at the fairgrounds beginning at 5:30 p.m. According to Bush-Heinrich, the event is an opportunity to get the community involved in the Cattlemen’s Classic. “The Ladies Night is an opportunity for people to shop in the commercial marketplace,” she said. “The beef and wine tasting is an event that is appealing to all different people. It is also a way to promote beef to consumers and people in the community. They can come here and sample the wine, and learn about the different cuts of beef and sample them.”
During the remainder of the week, shows and sales will be held for Herefords, Polled Herefords, and Red Angus on Wednesday; Angus, Simmental, and Charolais on Thursday; Limousin, Balancer/Gelbvieh, and Shorthorn on Friday; and Maine Anjou/Mainetainer and Chimaine/Chiangus on Saturday. Bush-Heinrich said numbers in the livestock area are up 42 head this year, which they are quite excited about. Additionally, over 400 head of cattle will be sold during the 12 breed sales held during the week.
A Royal Ice Dinner and Sale will be held on Thursday evening at the fairgrounds. A steak dinner prepared by Skeeter Barnes will begin at 7 p.m., with the sale following at 7:30 p.m. During this cattle event, four pregnancies, 28 embryo packages and five flushes will be auctioned. Bush-Heinrich urges cattlemen to take advantage of the high quality genetics being offered through this sale. “An elite set of genetics will be available from several different breeders,” she explained. “By purchasing the packages offered in this sale, it is a way for cattlemen to get in on the cutting age genetics. Sometimes, the only way they can obtain progeny from elite producers, is by purchasing embryo packages, pregnancies or flushes through a sale like this.”
The replacement heifer pen of five sale will be held at 7 p.m. on Fri., Feb. 19. “We will have 20 pens offered for sale during this event,” Bush-Heinrich said. “The producers entering this event will vote on and select the supreme pen. That pen will receive a $500 cash prize.” Prior to the auction, a social will be held in the Ag Pavilion at 6 p.m.
The junior livestock show will conclude this year’s Classic on Sun., Feb. 21, at 8 a.m. Over 200 junior exhibitors will show market or breeding cattle and compete in showmanship events.
The Nebraska Cattlemen’s Classic will also feature a commercial trade show, which will be open daily throughout the show. Over 100 commercial displays will be at this year’s Classic featuring everything from trailers, show supplies, and animal nutrition, to clothing, gifts, grills and buildings.
Bush-Heinrich said next year, The Classic will have new facilities and be able to offer more entertainment and activities for cattlemen attending the event. “With the new facilities, we will also have additional display space,” she continued. “This year, the trade show space was sold out before Christmastime.”
For more information on the Nebraska Cattlemen’s Classic, a schedule of events, or sale catalogs, see their website: cattlemens.org.