Nebraska’s event for cattlemen of all ages that features a ranch horse sale, 12 cattle breed shows and sales, commercial pen of 5 heifer sale, prospect steer sale, fancy heifer sale, livestock judging contest, FFA Day for Nebraska youth, and a commercial trade show has added more events to the week-long schedule. The Nebraska Cattlemen’s Classic is excited for the 2017 event.
The new additions to the schedule will entertain cattlemen during opening weekend.
The Nebraska Cattlemen’s Classic opening weekend features the Ranch Rodeo, Working Ranch Horse Competition and Ranch Horse Sale. This year it will also feature the Rustic Cowboy Mercantile, Draft Horse Feed Team Races and live entertainment on Saturday night provided by the West Wind Band. The new additions to the schedule will entertain cattlemen during opening weekend and provide some unique shopping opportunities.
On Monday, February 20 the Classic will host the National Cattle Dog Association Trail. This year College youth have the opportunity for a new educational venue on Monday. The Classic has organized a Career Fair for college Students. This event will provide students an opportunity to visit with nearly 50 businesses about careers in Agriculture and the Beef Industry. There will be a lunch provided for the students. During the luncheon students will hear from a panel of professionals with careers in Agriculture. The panelists will provide an insight to finding a job or internship.
The 2017 Nebraska Cattlemen’s Classic’s tradeshow will provide something for everyone in the family. The Classic tradeshow features displays from feed companies, banks, and livestock handling equipment, farm equipment, vehicles, semen companies, stock trailers, and unique shopping opportunities for the ladies. This year Tuesday, February 21 will be Commercial Trade Show Day at the Classic. The Nebraska Cattlemen’s Classic will have a drawing for $500 Classic Cash on this day. The Classic Cash will be a $500 credit that can be used at the 2017 Classic cattle sales. This new event is designed to provide cattlemen a day to enjoy the “specials” that the commercial vendors have for cattlemen.
Another new event is the FCS/Prostart Cookin’ at the Classic. This is a Beef culinary competition for Nebraska High School Students. Students will have the opportunity to learn more about beef cuts and cooking methods. Tuesday will also feature the Classic Steak Cook Off and the social event of the “Battle of the Breeds” in the showring that evening.
The Classic cattle shows and sales will get underway on Wednesday, February 22nd with the Hereford, Polled Hereford and Red Angus. There will be nearly 100 head of bulls, bred heifers and fancy open heifers showcased on Wednesday. The crowd on Wednesday at the Classic will also include hundreds of FFA students from across the state of Nebraska. The FFA youth will be competing for over $5,000 in scholarships while learning more about the Beef Industry.
Thursday, February 23rd is a day packed with cattle shows and sales. The sales will include the Angus, Simmental, Charolais, Limousin, and Gelbvieh. Thursday sales will showcase over 175 bulls, bred heifers and fancy open heifers. The Nebraska Cattlemen’s Classic is excited to offer youth several opportunities to buy show heifer prospects during any of the sales. Juniors will have the opportunity to compete in the Charolais, Limousin and Gelbvieh Junior National shows this summer in Nebraska. Juniors have added award opportunities with heifers purchased at the Classic sales.
As the week of cattle sales will come to a close with the Shorthorn, Maine Anjou, Chianina and the Commercial Pen of 5 Heifer sales, the Friday sales will feature over 100 head of bulls, bred heifers and fancy open heifers.
Feb. 24 features another new event for the Classic, a Used Show Equipment Swap Meet. Cattlemen will have the opportunity to come to the showring on Friday at 7:30 p.m. with used show equipment they would like to sell. This new event is a great opportunity for beginning showman to purchase equipment.
The ending weekend events are for the next generation of cattlemen. Saturday, February 25th features the prospect steer and heifer sales. These sales provide scholarship opportunities for youth. The Classic will present over $8,000 in scholarships to youth that purchased a steer or heifer at the 2016 sales. This program provides youth with opportunities to participate in feedlot tours, complete record books, and compete in an interview on their project.
The Nebraska Cattlemen’s Classic will conclude with a Livestock Judging Contest that will showcase the beef industry in Nebraska. There will be over 350 youth from all across the Nation attending this event. The final event will include the Junior Show for Nebraska 4H and FFA youth.
A complete schedule of events and sale catalogs can be found at www.necattlemen.com