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• The Sunbelt Expo is North America’s Premier Farm Show, offering some 300 seminars and demonstrations during the three days that will appeal to farm families and rural enthusiasts.
• This year’s show will have more than 1,200 exhibits, many of them featuring cutting-edge farm production technology.
The dairy exhibits (F-7) will feature a mobile dairy classroom, along with a cow-milking contest for state agriculture commissioners from the Southeast. The cow-milking contest will be held at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday. Seminars of interest to dairy farmers will cover topics such as ultrasound for reproduction management, silage basics and forage-based rations.
Each day of the show, you can see alpaca seminars and demonstrations, along with related exhibits (F-8). Northeast of the exhibits, and near the Expo fish ponds, you can pick up information on pond management and aquaculture throughout each day of the show.
The beef cattle exhibits (E-8), along with cattle management and forage seminars will be sponsored for the second consecutive year by Santa Gertrudis Breeders International. A popular beef producer panel discussion will also return for the second year in a row starting at 1:30 p.m. each day.
Sheep and goat herd health seminars will also be held each day of the show (E-11). Nutrition, forages, marketing and health care for small ruminants are among the seminar topics. You’ll also get to see dairy goat milking demonstrations twice daily.
The poultry exhibits (E-6) will offer seminars covering climate change, alternative litter materials, small layer flocks, poultry health and backyard flocks.
The Southern States cooperative will again sponsor horse demonstrations and seminars in the Priefert Horse Arena (E-11). Some of the events planned for equine enthusiasts include pole bending, calf roping, goat tying, horsemanship, breakaway roping, team roping and barrel racing. At 12 noon each day, you can catch a presentation from Georgia Special Olympics on how children with special challenges can benefit by working with horses.
The stock dog trials are among the most popular entertainment venues atthe farm show, and will feature continuous sheep trials each day of the show. You’ll find the stock dogs working in a field near the shuttle wagons and across from the Expo’s farm shop.
The Expo features several special exhibit sections where you’ll see displays devoted to forestry and sawmills, antique tractors and equipment, pickups and automotive accessories, lawn and garden equipment, all terrain vehicles and hunting and fishing gear.
The Expo has had a longstanding close relationship with land grant colleges and universities in the Southeast. You’re invited to visit these exhibits from the region’s agricultural colleges to see the latest in agricultural research, education and Extension programs.
For much more on this year’s Expo, visit http://www.sunbeltexpo.com.
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