Jeff McDaniel of Arlington has entered six Horned Dorset in the sheep division of the 40th annual North American Livestock Exposition (NAILE). The NAILE is recognized as the world’s largest purebred livestock show with more than 26,000 entries and nearly $750,000 in prizes and awards. Scheduled for Nov. 9 through 22, the event takes place at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville, Ky.
Purebred farms from nearly every state and Canada bring livestock to compete in one of ten expo divisions: dairy cattle, dairy goats, meat goats, beef cattle, cowboy mounted shooting, quarter horses, draft horses, sheep, swine and llamas & alpacas. More than 200,000 American and International visitors attend the hundreds of individual breed shows, sales and events. In addition to the recognition and prize money that comes with winning the NAILE, the value of the champion breeding stock is significantly enhanced.
Breed association events are not the only NAILE feature. The expo is also home to numerous youth events that are an important part of the livestock industry’s traditions. These include: Eastern National 4-H Horse Roundup; Youth, Junior College and Senior Collegiate Dairy Judging Contest; 4-H Dairy Quiz Bowl; National Collegiate Livestock Judging Contest; National 4-H Livestock Judging Contest; National 4-H Skill-A-Thon Contest; Junior College Livestock Judging Contest and National 4-H Poultry & Egg Conference.
Additionally, youth exhibitors enter market animals, those targeted for meat production, in the Junior Steer Show, Junior Market Swine Show or Junior Market Lamb Show. These youth shows are sponsored by Farm Credit Services of Mid-America and are nationally recognized for both the quality of the competition and prestige of winning. Champions from these shows are sold at the Sale of Champions at 6 p.m. Nov. 6.
The Professionsl Rodeo Cowbnoys Association (PRCA) Great Lakes Circuit Rodeo Finals takes place nightly at 7:30 p.m., Nov. 14 through 16. Tickets for the invitational finals rodeo are $25 (Thursday), $30 (Friday) and $32 (Saturday). Admission for children under the age of 12 $5 (Thursday and $10 Friday and Saturday with a paid adult admission).