Junior livestock show drives into Austin

Published 6:49 am Friday, April 16, 2010

The third annual Minnesota Junior Spring Classic livestock show will be held at the Mower County Fairgrounds this weekend.

The show is one of the first of the season for many of the participants. Registration will begin Friday afternoon and continue through early Saturday morning.

The bulk of the competition is scheduled Sunday to begin at 8 a.m. with divisions for market beef, dairy steer, breeding heifer, and showmanship. Individual breed shows will be held for angus, charalois, hereford, limousin, simmental, shorthorn and all other breeds.

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Along with the junior competition, the show also has a number of educational opportunities. Showmaster will host an education boot camp to teach juniors about livestock care, showing and fitting. Todd Caldwell, a nationally respected fitter, will demonstrate fitting and clipping. Cargill feed consultant Matt Janssen will present on livestock nutrition and care.

Most of the educational activities, including a “boot camp,” are scheduled for early afternoon on Saturday. An evening dinner Saturday will be sponsored by Zinpro.

After a 50 percent increase in cattle with 190 head of cattle shown by 125 exhibitors, organizers are anticipating another record breaking year. However, there should be adequate stall and grooming space available.

For more information about the show, visit www.minnesotajsc.com.