Show cattle fitting, feeding clinic March 22 in Curtis
Livestock exhibitors know it takes a lot of hard work outside of the show ring to lead a steer or heifer into the winner’s circle.
The right combination of genetics, animal nutrition and perfected grooming techniques can create a champion, notes Dr. Douglas Smith, animal science professor at the University of Nebraska-Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture (NCTA).
On Saturday, March 22, Smith will be among professional clinicians at the third Annual Honor Show Chow and NCTA Feeding and Fitting Clinic. Hands-on grooming classes and presentations will be from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. CT at the NCTA Livestock Teaching Center and Livestock Arena in Curtis. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m.
Instructors will include Kevin Schlake of the North Platte Feed Center and Bob May of Bobby May Show Steers, Mineral Point, Wisc., whose daughter Lauren exhibited the Reserve Champion Market Steer at the National Western Stock Show at Denver in January.
“The clinic is for both first-year exhibitors and seasoned livestock feeders. I am sure students, youth groups, leaders and families will gain from attending the daylong clinic,” said Smith.
NCTA Agriculture Production System (APS) students will assist in conducting the clinic, which features nutrition for other species of show livestock as well. Smith chairs the APS Division, coaches the NCTA Livestock Judging Team and is a noted judge and clinician for youth livestock contests.
Participants are encouraged to preregister online with the link at www.ncta.unl.edu, contact Smith at (308) 367-5286 or
, or call Schlake at (308) 532-5010.
The clinic is free of charge to all participants. Lunch will be available at the NCTA cafeteria. Honor Show Chow is a registered livestock feed of Purina Mills, Smith said.