Farm show enthusiasts should mark their calendars now for April 8, 9 and 10 for this year's Great Bend Farm & Ranch Expo. The show is located at the Expo Complex west of town. The show hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the 9th, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on the 10th and 9am-4pm on the 11th with extended hours on Thursday.
Promoters are advertising more than 700 booths with exhibitors from 27 states, Canada and Australia.
Scott Daily Horse Training Demonstration will be held all three days. After many years of working with challenging colts and horses, Scott has developed and perfected his own techniques. Scott believes in building trust between horse and rider. Scott will be featured in Expo 3.
Thursday April 9 will feature the KBUF Risk Management and Market Forum Featuring John Jenkinson KBUF Radio and KSN Television and Arlan Suderman, Water Street Solutions Sr. Market Analyst. Hear comments from Arlan Suderman and John Jenkinson as they discuss markets and ask questions about how to better manage risk. This event will be located in the Expo 3 building.
Bradford Cattledogs will be doing Stock dog demonstrations all three days of the Expo. The Bradfords raise and train border collies at their home in Mountain Home, Ark., with emphasis on producing cattle dogs that are gritty yet trainable. In the past few years they have won many honors including the following: Eight time National Finals Qualifier, 2011 MSDA Dog of the Year Award, 2012-13 National Cattledog Association High point Dog of the Year, 2012 NCA Deep South Regional Champion, 2012 Northwest Regional Champion.
Genex Cooperative, Inc. will demonstrate chute-side service using portable breeding barns. Chute-side service is a convenient and cost effective tool for large operations to improve their genetics and profitability through artificial insemination (A.I.). Chute-side service includes synchronization and technician insemination, providing ranchers with access to the industry's most sought after genetics. Come out on to view the demonstration where heifers will be A.I. bred; see firsthand how A.I. could be utilized in your operation.
Expo 3 will host a variety of seminars including Sharp Brothers Seed presenting a seminar on the Benefits and Technology of Hybrid Alfalfa and the latest Cover Crop Techniques. Also, American State Bank will be presenting "New Technologies and Farming Techniques" Forums. Theses forums will be held daily in the Expo 3 building. Presenters include Straub International, Great Bend Farm Equipment, Simpson Farm Enterprises and KanEquip Inc.
Admission and Parking are free.
The Great Bend Farm & Ranch Expo is a member of the Great Bend Chamber of Commerce. Corporate sponsors include the Great Bend Coop, KSN, and the American hat Company. For more information contact the show office at 866-685-0989, cell 785-332-6506, or by email at [email protected] and visit the website.