Jam-packed schedule of Red Angus activities set for 2010 NILE
October 8, 2010
Organizers of Red Angus activities at the 2010 NILE have planned a busy schedule to showcase this popular breed. Activities begin with on Oct. 11 with the annual NILE Heifer Futurity Show.
At 8 a.m. on Oct. 12 the Regional Junior and Open show gets underway.
Donna Laubach, secretary of the Montana Red Angus Association (MTRAA), said the entries in the show “have increased dramatically because it is a regional show and exhibitors are seeking points for Denver.”
“The futurity continues to grow, as well, and in the future it is certainly going to be an even bigger event,” she said.
Marty Ropp of Normal, IL, will judge.
The actual show is being held in a 50-foot by 100-foot tent located adjacent to the Montana Pavilion.
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Tie-outs will be located on the north side of the Heritage and Sandstone Buildings.
At 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 12, the annual MTRAA meeting takes place in the Yellowstone Room on the fairgrounds. It is followed by a no-host social and banquet at the Wingate Hotel.
On Wednesday, Oct. 13, the focus shifts back to MetraPark for the sale preview at noon before the 28th annual Red Angus Sale in the Sandstone Building. Lunch is being served at the preview.
The sale features 58 handpicked lots with breed-leading genetics that include 28 open heifers, 11 bred heifers, two herd bull prospects, six outstanding embryo packages, two pregnant recipients, six semen packages and a special donation semen auction.
“The beauty of this sale is that it features all hand-selected lots from some of the greatest Red Angus genetics in the world,” according to Kay Klompien, president of the MTRAA. “The breeders of these animals have opened the door to allow our sale manager, Bill Pelton, to select the best of the best, and I believe Bill has done just that.”
Sale cattle have been consigned by 29 breeders for the sale.
Klompien said the lineup is loaded with unmatched genetic gems for Red Angus that are in demand in a strong market.
“Be sure to check out the prospects for next year’s Red Angus Heifer Futurity because the advantages of owning these genetics are infinite,” she said.
Sale Manager Bill Pelton said there has been great interest with producers asking for catalogs.
Ty Thompson of Billings is the sale auctioneer.
“There is some outstanding genetics being offered from Montana and several other states,” Pelton said. “The top blood lines being represented include some great bred heifers that have been bred to some of the top bulls in the country.”
Pelton said Red Angus genetics are highly desirable for both purebred producers and many commercial cattlemen across the region.
“There’s a lot of interest in both the Montana Red Angus genetics and the bloodlines from other states being represented at the sale,” he said.
Ken and Donna Laubach of Big Timber and Scott and Knaub of Lodge Grass are the co-superintendents of the 2010 Red Angus Regional Show. Donna Laubach is also the secretary of the MTRAA.