Regional fairs and farm shows draw larger crowds and give more diversity. Machinery companies understand the importance of these shows and have all of the new equipment on display and plenty of staff in hand to answer your questions. The seed and chemical companies have also risen to the marketing challenge. Millions of dollars are spent on research to increase yields and maintain the potential of the land. Although not as heavily advertised, dollars are also spent in livestock production. The state fair culminates the fair circuit on a statewide basis.

I have been involved with Dakota Fest in Mitchell for the last few decades. It has been a great experience for me, allowing me to meet beef producers from all over the state and in neighboring states. Through the years we have talked about Beef Quality Assurance programs, new products and demonstrated working chutes and facilities. This year we have decided to try a more educational approach.

Education has always been the backbone of Dakota Fest. This year we will continue the chute demos at 10:30 am and 2:00 pm. We will be processing calves highlighting the features of each individual chute while utilizing the guidelines of Beef Quality Assurance (BQA). Thanks to the diligence and attention to detail of you producers, we have improved our image in the marketplace. We will also have sales representatives highlighting their products.
Stop by the Livestock Demo Tent and catch a chute demo if you are contemplating new equipment. Then sit on the bleachers and enjoy a free lunch while you learn about new technologies. Hey, I’ll bring you lunch and you can listen rather than stand in line and wait for a steak sandwich. That sounds like a win, win, sit-down, free lunch, education. Watch for listing a of speakers and topics to assure you are won’t miss the topics which are important to your operation.

We all learn every day. I’ll buy the lunch and facilitate the education. Stop by at Dakota Fest for your free apple and share your knowledge with us. See you there!