There was something for everyone who attended the first day of the 2000 Cattlemen's Classic, in Kearney, NE.

Educational seminars, a free lunch, the Nebraska Charolais Sale, a cattlemen's social and even a visit by Tom Osborne kicked off the ninth annual classic.

The first sale of the show proved successful, as total sales reached over $64,000. The champion heifer, owned by Dean Churchill or Rocking Arrow Ranch, in Valentine, sold for $2,700 to Paul Hill, Fair Grove, MO. The reserve heifer was owned by Jamie Fred of Fred's Angus, in Rose. The animal sold to T & B Livestock, North Loup, for $2,700.

Paul Bertsche, LaFraise Farms, Flanagan, IL, sold the high selling bull. It went for $3,800 to Charles Kreutzer, Kearney. The champion bull, owned by Benes Cattle Co., Valparaiso, sold to Richard Bush, Riverton, for $3,500.

Prior to the Charolais sale, Nebraska Cattlemen's President George Cooksley and Homer Buell, past president, reviewed projects that the organization conducts. Owner of Whiskey Creek Steakhouse, Jim Jenkins, discussed the cost of beef at the restaurant, as it compares to the sale barn. Congressional candidate and former Husker football coach Tom Osborne addressed the crowd concerning agricultural issues.

"These discussions are important facets of the beef industry that producers need to know," said Ronette Ripp, Classic manager. "Our goal of these seminars was to give producers information that can help cattlemen face the challenges in 2000."

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