The largest single state cattle show in the U.S. observes its 26th year when it opens this week at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. This will be the first year Hoosier Beef Congress will not be held in the cattle barn itself, according to Joe Moore, Executive Vice President of the Indiana Beef Cattle Association and Indiana Beef Council. Venue adjustments are being made due to renovation to the Pepsi Coliseum.
“We’ve moved the show arenas and the trade show across the street to the Exposition Hall,” he told HAT, “and because of the construction on the coliseum we weren’t able to stall in some of our traditional buildings like champions pavilion and certain parts of the saddle horse barn. So we have had to make some adjustments on venues but I can tell you that the building looks really nice. I’ve been over there and the show rings and it’s going to be a nice venue I believe.”
“That will continue through noon on Friday and then we’ll have our junior showmanship Friday evening and the junior show will start at 2:00 PM on Saturday afternoon. We also have a sale. We’ll have a show for the sale cattle at 10:00 Saturday morning so it’s a big weekend for all of us.”
Moore says about 900 juniors are registered to show anywhere from one to three cattle this weekend and he estimates 4-5 thousand will be on hand for the annual show and sale.
The Indiana Beef Cattle Association is an affiliate of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and is the state’s member group and issues manager for all segments of the beef cattle industry including cattle breeders, producers and feeders. It is the grass roots policy development organization for the beef business.[audio:http://www.hoosieragtoday.com//wp-content/uploads//2012/11/2012-Hoosier-Beef-Congress.mp3|titles=2012 Hoosier Beef Congress]