Beef Agribition Celebrates 25th Anniversary March 8-10Tuesday, February 19, 2013 | 03:41 pm
NASHVILLE – The 25th Annual Tennessee Beef Agribition will be held in Lebanon March 8, 9 and 10 at the James E. Ward Agricultural Center in Lebanon.
“For beef producers, Agribition is like no other event in the state,” says Wendy Sneed, livestock marketing specialist with the Tennessee Department of Agriculture. “Agribition offers producers the opportunity to see top quality animals show on Friday and then, on Saturday, be available for purchase. The benefit of watching breeds being shown and judged just before sale is something few buyers ever experience in Tennessee except at Agribition.”
“Producers will be able to find anything that their heart desires at the breed sales on Saturday,” says Sneed. “From herd sire prospects eligible for Tennessee Agricultural Enhancement Program cost share, elite show heifer prospects, bred heifers, plus cow/calf pairs and embryo lots.”
Nine charted breeds will be represented in shows and sales, with breed shows beginning Friday at noon, and sales for each breed beginning Saturday at 10 a.m.
The junior show, one of the event’s most popular features, will take place Sunday.
“4-Her’s looking for show animals can actually buy a calf on Saturday, then turn around and get show experience with that animal in the junior show on Sunday,” says Sneed.
More than 3,300 youth have shown at Agribition over the past 25 years. Additionally, the Tennessee Cattlemen’s Association sponsors an Agribition public speaking contest for juniors.
The three-day cattle show and sale event also features a large trade show, giving participants a look at new products and the direction of the industry. This year, organizers expect to have about 60 trade show vendors on site, including representatives from every facet of the livestock industry. TAEP coordinators will have a booth at the trade show with information about this year’s opportunities for cost share.
In 2011, beef cattle ranked as Tennessee’s top commodity, accounting for 16.7 percent of all agriculture cash receipts and worth around $586 million, according to the Tennessee Agricultural Statistics Service. Tennessee is home to more than 42,000 beef operations and close to 2 million cattle.
To learn more about Tennessee Beef Agribition, contact Quintin Smith at 615-207-0830. Contact Sonya Smith at 615-207-0819 for more information about the junior shows. For trade show information, contact Diane Major at 615-286-2539.