Ox­ford man en­ters cow in na­tional live­stock expo

The Covington News - - Local News -

Don­ald Grif­fin of Ox­ford en­tered a Here­ford cow in the beef divi­sion of the 35th an­nual North Amer­i­can In­ter­na­tional Live­stock Ex­po­si­tion. The NAILE is rec­og­nized as the world’s largest pure­bred live­stock show with more than 22,000 en­tries and nearly $700,000 in prizes and awards. The event will be held from Nov. 8 to 21 at the Ken­tucky Ex­po­si­tion Cen­ter in Louisville.

Pure­bred farms from nearly ev­ery state and Canada bring live­stock to com­pete in one of 10 expo di­vi­sions: dairy cat­tle, dairy boats, Boer goats, beef cat­tle, quar­ter horses, draft horses, mules and don­keys, sheep, swine, lla­mas and al­pacas. More than 225,000 Amer­i­can and for­eign vis­i­tors at­tend the hun­dreds of in­di­vid­ual breed shows, sales and events. In ad­di­tion to the recog­ni­tion and prize money that comes with winning at the NAILE, the value of the cham­pi­onship breed­ing stock is sig­nif­i­cantly en­hanced.

The expo is home youth events in­clud­ing the East­ern Na­tional 4-H Horse Round- up, Youth, Ju­nior Col­lege and Se­nior Col­le­giate Dairy Judg­ing Con­test; Dairy Quiz Bowl; Na­tional Col­le­giate Live­stock Judg­ing Con­test; Na­tional 4_H Live­stock Judg­ing Con­test; Ju­nior col­lege Live­stock Judg­ing Con­test; and Na­tional 4-H Poul­try and Egg Con­fer­ence.

Ad­di­tion­ally, youth ex­hibitors en­ter mar­ket an­i­mals, those tar­geted for meat pro­duc­tion, in the Ju­nior Steer Show, Ju­nior Mar­ket Swine Show or Ju­nior Wether Show. Th­ese youth shows are spon­sored by Farm Credit Ser­vices of Mid-Amer­ica and are na­tion­ally rec­og­nized for both the qual­ity of com­pe­ti­tion and pres­tige of winning. Cham­pi­ons from th­ese shows are sold at the Sale of Cham­pi­ons on Nov. 20.

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