Oxford man enters cow in national livestock expo
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.