A well-curated collection of useful exhibits and engaging demonstrations awaited the droves of livestock producers that took in Ag in Motion 2018.
Vehicles lined the roads leading to the Ag in Motion site at Langham, Sask., each morning of the show, running July 17-19. Numerous attendees visited Livestock Central, located in the southwestern corner of the show site and sponsored by BMO Financial Group.
“This year I really noticed, talking with attendees, they really haven’t made it far away from Livestock Central if they’re a livestock producer of any kind,” said Michael Hargrave, Ag in Motion’s livestock co-ordinator. “I think that’s a good measure to say that hopefully our programming and what we’re doing here is really connecting with our livestock enthusiasts that are coming to the show.”
New to Livestock Central this year was the Beef Breeds Showcase. “We have representation from three major beef breeds, and cattle here on display throughout the show so that beef breeders can come through, have a look at some genetics and actually see some real animals on the ground,” said Hargrave. The three breeds represented were Limousin, Hereford and Speckle Park.
With the first day of Ag in Motion billed as Dairy Day in Livestock Central, Beef Day, held the second day of the show, began with the inaugural VIP Beef Producer Brunch. The brunch was sponsored and organized by Ritchie Bros. and the Saskatchewan Hereford Association.
One of the highlights of Beef Day was the low-stress cattle handling demonstrations presented by Dylan Biggs of TK Ranch at Hanna, Alta. (see photo at top). Biggs drew engaged crowds as he discussed and demonstrated the proper use of movement and pressure in working cattle in a number of situations.
Also new for 2018 was the Total Mixed Ration (TMR) mixer demonstrations. “We had six different mixers. Five of them were vertical auger TMRs and we had one horizontal in there,” said Hargrave. The daily demonstrations featured each TMR mixer using a set of inputs to create rations, which were mixed and then laid down for attendees to compare.
While forage demonstrations have been a staple for Livestock Central in the past, this year there was a new area set aside for exhibitors to showcase their equipment and techniques for mowing, baling and wrapping bales each morning of the show.
Other programming throughout Livestock Central included daily fencing and cattle handling facility demonstrations. The Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture partnered with Ag in Motion to present the Livestock and Forage Speaker Series, held in the Livestock Pavilion. A variety of relevant topics were discussed each day, ranging from water quality to livestock price insurance to the use of carcass measurements and traits in breeding selection.
Hargrave praised the innovation of Ag in Motion, and while it’s too early to say what the 2019 edition will hold for attendees, he is positive the future programming will be of value to livestock producers.
“It’s an ever-evolving show, so we do pride ourselves on being innovative. We don’t want to ever have you to come to the show and not find something new, and thankfully we’re in a very dynamic time in the agriculture industry across all sectors,” he said. “I can’t tell exactly what’s going to come down the pipe next year because I’ve had a lot of ideas thrown at me by all sorts of people, but we will always have something new and something worth coming to the show to see.”