New youth, cattle and horse events highlight this year’s Classic |

New youth, cattle and horse events highlight this year’s Classic

Courtesy photoThe new Buffalo County Exposition Center was available for the Nebraska Cattlemen's Classic in 2011. One of the minor changes made by NCC officials for 2012 is to pull out the center bleacher seats to accommodate the overflow crowds seen last year at some shows and sales.

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Ranch sorting, speed team penning, a special feedlot display, and a new junior showmanship blow-n-go are among the new events highlighting the 21st Annual Cattlemen’s Classic in Kearney, NE Feb. 20-26.

“The Nebraska Cattlemen’s Classic has grown into much more than just a few cattle showing and selling in Kearney,” according to Ronette Bush-Heinrich, manager of the event. “This year, the Classic will start on Monday, Feb. 20, with a ranch horse sort, team penning and speed penning during the day, and team roping that evening.”

On Tuesday, 33 entries will compete in the ranch horse competition, and seven working dogs will compete in trials to earn classic stock dog honors. A cattlemen’s social will be held at 5 p.m., followed by the classic working dog-ranch horse sale at 7 p.m.

New to the Classic this year is also a junior heifer award program. “Investing in the future leaders of the beef industry is an area of priority for Classic organizers,” Bush-Heinrich said. “Therefore, the Nebraska Cattlemen’s Classic has implemented a junior heifer award program. This program is for heifers purchased at any Nebraska Cattlemen’s Classic sale by a junior. Heifers must be shown in the Classic Junior Show. This is the only opportunity out-of-state youth have to participate in the Classic Junior Show,” she explained.

“Heifers can then be entered in their respective Junior National Shows to be held in Nebraska,” Bush-Heinrich continued. “The Nebraska Cattlemen’s Classic will present Junior members that follow the program with a $100 cash award. If the heifer wins her class at Junior Nationals, the youth will receive $100 Classic Cash, which is a certificate towards any purchase at any 2012 Classic sale. If the heifer is named a Junior National Champion, the youth receives $250 Classic Cash. This also applies to the Nebraska State Fair or AkSarBen.”

The cattle events will kick off on Wednesday with the Hereford and Red Angus shows at 10 a.m., and the Polled Hereford at 11 a.m. The Hereford sale will be held at 1:30 p.m., followed by Red Angus and Polled Hereford.

That evening, the public is invited to a Beef-n-Beer-n-Wine tasting night, during ladies night. “The Classic is teaming up with the Nebraska Beef Council, Whiskey Creek Steakhouse and Builders Warehouse to promote beef to consumers at ladies night,” said Bush-Heinrich. “This is a fun evening for the public to enjoy and includes horse races at the Classic – an event sure to bring new excitement to the Classic,” she added.

The Angus and Simmental shows will start off Thursday’s activities at 10 a.m., followed by Charolais at 11 a.m. The Angus sale will start at 1:30 p.m., followed by Simmental and Charolais.

At 4:30 p.m., ABS will present a bull session about “Focus on Heifers”. A free social will be held, and Chris Calkins of the University of Nebraska will present “The future of the Beef Industry,” at 5:30 p.m.

A special feedlot display will also be held at 5 p.m. on Thursday in honor of Cattle Feeders and Veterinarians day at the Classic. At 5:30 p.m., the fancy pen-of-three heifer judging will be held, followed by the oyal Dinner at 6 p.m., and the Royal Ice Sale and pen-of-three heifer sale at 6:30 p.m.

On Friday, the Best Western Plus will host a Cattlemen’s Breakfast. During this event, Ted Schroeder of Kansas State University, will discuss “Beef Demand – The Trump Card”, and Bradley Lubben of the University of Nebraska will talk about, “Policy Effecting Cattlemen Today”.

The Limousin and Shorthorn Show will start at 10 a.m. on Friday at the Classic, with a Balancer-Gelbvieh show following at 11 a.m. The Limousin sale will start at 1:30 p.m., followed by Balancer-Gelbvieh and Shorthorn. The evening will conclude with a commercial pen-of-five heifer sale at 7 p.m.

Maine Anjou and Mainetainers will take center stage on Saturday with the show beginning at 10 a.m., followed by the Chimaine-Chiangus show at 11 a.m. The Maine sale will start at 1 p.m. New Saturday afternoon will be a junior showmanship blow-n-go competition at 4 p.m. The Supreme Row judging will conclude the day at 7 p.m.

Sunday is a day packed with youth activities including a junior show at 8 a.m., with breeding heifers showing in ring one, and market heifers and steers showing in ring two. The Classic has also teamed up with the University of Nebraska to hold a livestock judging contest open to all 4-H, FFA and college youth.

Throughout the week, the public can look at commercial and live cattle displays and visit the many vendors with displays at this year’s Classic. For more information, see their website at, or contact Ronette Bush-Heinrich at 308-627-6385.

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