All Kansas commercial cow-calf producers are eligible to exhibit cattle in a special show Sept. 12 at the Kansas State Fair in Hutchinson. The Super Cow-Calf Show will feature pairs in pasture condition, with no fitting allowed.
An entry consists of one cow and her natural calf. No bull calves are allowed. The age of the cow and birth date of the calf must be known and provided by the exhibitor.
Cows and calves will be judged on type, structure, muscling, natural fleshing and soundness of udder, eyes, feet and legs. Cow weight and the calf's projected 205-day adjusted weight will be given to the judges.
A two-judge system will be used. Judges will independently score each cow and calf. The total score of both judges will be used to rank pairs in the respective divisions.
The grand champion pair will win $600 plus five straws of ABS semen, while the reserve will earn $400 and five straws of ABS semen. Third place wins $250, fourth place earns $150 and fifth place is worth $100. Prizes for the show are sponsored by: ABS, Sandra Utter, Pratt; Reno County Farm Bureau, South Hutchinson; Valley Vet LLC, Arnold Nagley, Marysville.
All cows and calves must be unloaded and processed by 11:00 a.m. September 12. The show begins at 2:00 p.m. All entries must arrive and leave the same day.
If entries are sufficient, the classes will also be divided by age of Dam. Calves must have been born prior to April 15 of 2012 and exhibitors are encouraged to bring a copy of the pedigree.
The entry fee is $25 per pair. Entries are due to the Kansas State Fair by Aug. 15. For more information, go to www.kansasstatefair.com or call the Kansas State Fair office at 800-362-3247.