FRANKFORT, Ky. — Livestock exhibitors have a chance to earn additional premiums for showing Kentucky-bred animals at this year’s Kentucky Junior Livestock Expos, Agriculture Commissioner Richie Farmer said.
The first 2010 Kentucky Junior Livestock Expo is June 14-15 in Morehead.
“The Kentucky Proud Livestock Tag Program provides an incentive for exhibitors to show the best livestock Kentucky has to offer,” Agriculture Commissioner Richie Farmer said. “We think Kentucky-bred animals can hold their own against any livestock from anywhere else in the country.”
Youth exhibitors will compete for some $100,000 in premiums and points in the Kentucky Proud Points program, which awards prizes to the exhibitors who accumulate the most points during the show season. Kentucky Proud Points earned in the Junior Livestock Expos carry more weight than those of any other show except the Kentucky State Fair.
The Kentucky Junior Livestock Expo – Western Rivers is scheduled for June 24-25 in Murray. The Kentucky Junior Livestock Expo – West will be July 23-24 in Bowling Green.
The Morehead and Bowling Green expos attract nearly 800 entries each, while about 350 compete in the Murray show.
The first day of each KJLE is educational, with seminars from some of the nation’s top livestock professionals, a livestock judging contest with oral reasons, and a skill-a-thon.
The competition moves to the show ring on the second day for 4-H and FFA exhibitors. Each expo concludes with a round-robin showmanship competition among the top two exhibitors in each species for the title of supreme overall showman.
The Commissioner’s Award will go to one exhibitor in each species at each expo. A commemorative belt buckle and cash award will go to the exhibitor with the best overall performance in showmanship, judging, skill-a-thon and the exhibitor’s highest-placing animal.
For more information, including rules, schedules and directions, go to http://www.kyagr.com/marketing/fair/index.htm and click on “Kentucky Junior Livestock Expos.”