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The largest livestock show just grew larger

Almost 24,000 entries will have competed for champion titles at the Houston Livestock Show at Reliant Park by March 23. This year, the open livestock show had a 7 percent increase in entries, while junior show entries increased by 5 percent. The junior shows will start March 13 for thousands of Texas 4-H and FFA members from across the state.

With more than 1,000 clubs and chapters represented, only the elite will exhibit at the Houston Livestock Show. The stalls of Reliant Center and Reliant Arena will be filled with all types of livestock, including market barrows, goats, lambs, poultry, and steers; beef and dairy heifers; breeding gilts and sheep; and commercial steers.

"The dedication of our volunteer committees, superintendents, and staff, along with our state-of-the-art facilities, make this Show an enjoyable and valuable experience for our ambitious 4-H and FFA exhibitors," said Allyson Tjoelker, executive director of agricultural exhibits.

The market animal shows — barrow, lamb and goat, poultry (broiler and turkey), and steer — represent animals raised by junior exhibitors as food sources. The winning animals in each category are then eligible for the junior market auctions.

Many of these exhibitors also will compete in the 4-H and FFA judging contests, including poultry, meat, wool, livestock, dairy, and horse judging; range and pasture plant identification; floriculture; wildlife habitat evaluation; and nursery landscape. Some entrepreneurial-minded students will bring their innovative and practical inventions to the Agricultural Mechanics Project Show, with the hopes of returning to their hometowns with the Grand Champion title.

The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo is a Section 501(c)(3) charity that benefits youth, supports education, and facilitates better agricultural practices through exhibitions and presentation. Since its beginning in 1932, the Show has committed more than $350 million to the youth of Texas. The 2014 Show runs through Sunday, March 23. For tickets and more information, visit rodeohouston.com and connect with RodeoHouston® online via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, Pinterest and Tumblr for all of the latest news. Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Heritage Partners are Reliant, Ford, Miller Lite, Coca-Cola, BP America and Mattress Firm. F

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