Livestock Exhibits and Demonstrations at 2011 Farm Progress Show

Staff Writer
Aledo Times Record

If a day at the Farm Progress Show only brings to mind visions of tractors and corn plants, then head to the northeast area of the grounds to check out the livestock area. Livestock producers will find livestock exhibits and displays, working cattle demonstrations plus horse clinician Tommy Garland. The Farm Progress Show is scheduled for Aug. 30, 31 and Sept. 1 in Decatur, Ill.

Live Cattle Handling Demos?Cattle producers interested in the newest cattle handling equipment can compare several different chute manufactures during cattle handling demonstrations held twice daily at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. on the northeast exhibit field between Ninth and Tenth Streets.

The cattle handling demonstrations are the place to see the equipment at work in side-by-side comparisons of chutes, scales, portable fencing and pens. Livestock exhibits have been grouped together in the northeast section of the exhibit field. Walk through the Livestock Industries tent and then visit the outdoor livestock exhibits to discover all the latest innovations in equipment.

New for 2011 Equine Nutrition in the 21st Century?New for 2011 are equine nutrition seminars located in the Livestock Industries Tent. As far as equine nutrition is concerned, who cares what century we are in? Judith A. Reynolds, Ph.D., P.A.S., Dipl. A.C.A.N., equine nutritionist, equine product and technical manager for ADM Alliance Nutrition will bring you up to date on how the science of equine nutrition has drastically changed. This new Equine Nutrition seminar will be held in the Livestock Industries Tent daily at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

Tommy Garland, Horse Training Demonstrations?The Farm Progress Show, along with Morton Buildings, is proud to have Tommy Garland present his horsemanship demonstrations during the show. Garland will be holding his demonstrations on the Morton Buildings exhibit located at the intersection of Sixth St. and Central Ave. on lot #643. Garland will present a morning session beginning at 11 a.m. and an afternoon session at 2.

Confidence, patience and respect (CPR) has been Garland’s approach to horse training. Over the last 25 years, Tommy has applied his CPR Horsemanship philosophy to his own professional career and has proven its success with multiple National and International Championship titles in both Western Pleasure and Hunter Pleasure.

Plan to attend?The 2011 Farm Progress Show will be held Aug. 30, 31 and Sept. 1 in northeast Decatur, Ill., south of I-72 and east of Richland Community College. The exhibit field is open to visitors Tuesday and Wednesday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Thursday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Show admission at the gate is $12 for adults and $8 for students ages 13 to 17. Children under 12 are admitted at no charge. Discounted advance adult admission tickets are available on the show's website. The public is welcome. For a full schedule of events and more detailed information, visit