The Alabama Farmers Federation has expanded its leadership role in the Alabama Junior Beef Expo held annually in March.
“Livestock shows are one of the best ways for young people to develop responsibility and leadership skills,” said Federation President Jimmy Parnell. “We have sponsored and coordinated the showmanship contests at the Expo for the last five years, and we are excited about managing the entire show.”
The Alabama Junior Beef Expo, set for March 15-17, is the premier youth cattle show in the state. It’s held in conjunction with the Southeastern Livestock Exposition (SLE) and Rodeo at Garrett Coliseum in Montgomery. The market, breeding and showmanship contests of the Expo are the culmination of a yearlong project by students ages 9-18.
Federation Beef Division Director Nate Jaeger said the organization’s staff and farmer leaders look forward to working with the state’s agriculture and youth groups to strengthen and expand the Expo.
“We appreciate our partnership with 4-H, FFA, the Alabama Cattlemen’s Association, SLE, Auburn University and generous sponsors to continue this historic show,” said Jaeger, who also directs the Federation’s Equine, Hay & Forage and Meat Goat & Sheep divisions. “Our goal is to showcase the hard work and dedication of the youth exhibitors and the quality of Alabama’s beef cattle.”
Some rules and deadlines for the contest have changed. Jaeger encouraged parents, exhibitors and youth advisors to visit JrBeefExpo.com as a one-stop shop for information about the Expo.
Notices about animal validation and other details are under the “Info” menu. Registration opened Oct. 1.