If you're into livestock and your crops are in the bin, consider a short jaunt to Louisville, Ky, to take in the North American Invitational Livestock Exposition, of NAILE. One of the biggest livestock shows in the country, it runs through Nov. 19. Livestock shows, sales of livestock, and a huge trade show that caters to livestock people filled with show supplies and glitzy show apparel, amongst other things, continue through next week.
Not surprisingly, Hoosiers are active in exhibiting livestock at this show. This past weekend Scott Jacobs, advisor, and members of the Eastern Hancock FFA Chapter exhibited hos in the swine show. Some took part in the showmanship classes. Kids who wouldn't' otherwise have a chance to raise pigs to show at such a prestigious show as the Louisville NAILE show get the opportunity because the Hancock County school has an ag livestock barn. Kids who can't keep animals at home can keep them at school. More than a dozen kids typically exhibit animals raised in the school barn at the show in Louisville.
Jacobs believes it's a win-win, because young people learn about caring for livestock through the school facility, then learn what it's like to go up against stiff competition in the show ring in the real world.
Sheep take the spotlight this weekend at NAILE. The market lamb show is on tap for Saturday, with breeding stock shows held on Sunday. For some breeds, such as Southdowns, the show will feature over 150 animals. Most breeds also have sales during the event. For example, the Southdown Show is Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m. Premier breeders generally offer from one to three lots of animals in this sale.
Beef cattle begin entering the barns this week, with youth shows running through next week. Different breeds show on different days. Sales for most breeds are also a highlight of NAILE for many exhibitors and visitors. It provides the opportunity to bid on and buy quality livestock that might not otherwise go on the auction block.