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Northwest Iowa Dairy Outlooks

A local discussion of current science and issues concerning dairying in northwest iowa

This year’s Wichita County Junior Livestock Show will run from Thursday, January 10 to Saturday, January 12 at the J.S. Bridwell Agricultural Center here in Wichita Falls. The show is put on by the Wichita County Junior Livestock Show board, with lots of help from organizations and individuals from each community. Vol-unteers help with everything, from checking and weighing market animals to buying award belt buckles and ribbons. It takes hundreds of volunteers to make the show run nearly flawlessly each year.

One of the highlights for the community is the premium sale, this year it will be on Saturday night, January 12. At the sale, business owners, family friends and many proud grandparents step up and support these young people with cash bids. While it is an entertaining evening, it is also the basis of a college education for many of these young citizens. If you have not been asked to support this year’s premium sale, consider the request made and call me to discuss the details.

This year’s show schedule starts with the broiler show at 4 p.m. on Thursday, followed by the turkey and rab-bit shows.

On Friday, judging resumes with the market steer and breeding heifer shows at 9 a.m. followed at 11 a.m. with the breeding and market lamb shows. At 2 p.m. the breeding swine show begins followed by the market swine show.

On Saturday the goat show begins at 8 a.m. and at 11 a.m. the attraction in the arena will be the horse show. And finally, the pinnacle of the show season for many of the exhibitors is the annual premium auction at 7 p.m.

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