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Ranch, farm expo a success


Wichita Falls Ranch and Farm Expo was a huge success.

Exhibitors and attendees were pleased with the Wichita Falls Ranch and Farm Expo which took place at the JS Bridwell Agriculture Center in Wichita Falls, Texas, March 9 to 10. Mayor Glenn Barham opened up the expo on March 9 in the CEU classroom to a packed house with standing room only. On March 10 the Expo was opened by Judge Woody Gossom Jr. Both of our leaders had positive and encouraging comments on the expo and Texhoma Agriculture.

AgriLife Extension hosted the CEU credits for both Texas and Oklahoma producers. Extension agent Fred Hall organized an outstanding line of speakers along with a producer's breakfast both days. The grazing classes were a big hit.

Exhibitions included state-of-the-art technology in farming and ranching equipment, including tractors, sprayers, and combines, as well as global positioning systems and new cattle management tools, livestock equipment, and technologies. There also were numerous booths and exhibits of farm, ranch, dairy suppliers, lending agencies, insurance agencies, art galleries and home furnishing companies.

Cattle handling demonstrations were presented by Ron Gill. For over 20 years Ron Gill has provided technical expertise in beef cattle nutrition, management and handling to livestock producers as livestock specialist for Texas AgriLife Extension. Gill's presentation included ways to reduce sickness in high-risk cattle and increase and improve stockmanship skills. Changes in stockmanship allows producers to capture the economic benefits of improved livestock handling through reduced sickness, reduced labor and improved gains. Gill commented that it was one of the best attended presentations he has done in the past few years.

As featured on RFD-TV, Scott Daily was on hand to provide horse training demonstrations both days of the Expo. After many years of working with challenging colts and horses, Scott has developed and perfected his own techniques.

It was a great opportunity for the public to meet and get an autograph from three-time PRCA World Champion Bareback Ride, Will Lowe. Also, new this year to the expo, was the Whataburger Production Bull Sale. There were 16 lots of tremendous breeding bulls that sold. The auctioneer for the event was Bruce Miller, and the average sale price was $3,100.

The dates for next year's show are March 7 to 8, 2012, with more exciting entertainment lined up. Visit the website www.wichitafallsranchandfarmexpo.net or give them a call to exhibit at 866-685-0989. Host hotel was the Holiday Inn. Corporate sponsors of the show included Vieth Tractor & Implement, Lonestar 102.3, News Talk 1290, Joe Tom White, and The American Hat Company in Bowie, Texas.

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