The 2013 Western Farm Show opens Friday morning.

Thousands of farmers are expected to brave the winter storm so they they can attend the 52nd annual Western Farm Show in Kansas City this weekend.  Tons of equipment will be on hand but M.F.A. spokesperson Mike Spidle says attendees can attend several informative seminars.

“Randy Blach from Cattle Fax will be on hand,” he says.  “He’s going to give an outlook on livestock for sure, but he also talks about grain markets and what we can expect in that.”

Blach will offer a seminar at 2 p.m. Friday.  His presentation will be in the Wagstaff Theatre inside the American Royal complex.  The Saturday schedule includes free livestock demonstrations.

“They’ll show you ways that you can get cattle to move without using a lot of force,” Spidle says.  “He shows you how to step into their flight zone and what makes cattle react different ways.”

“Stockmanship & Stewardship” Low-Stress Livestock Handling demonstrations are designed to improve the well-being of cattle and their handlers while providing reassurance to consumers and food marketers that the industry is actively engaged in continuous improvement and specifically in assuring the humane management of animals.

The cattle handling demonstrations will be held Scott Pavilion (adjacent to American Royal Complex) on Saturday February 23rd.  The free sessions will be at 10:30 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.

The farm show kicks off Thursday evening with a tractor pull.  The full farm exhibit opens at 9am Friday morning.

Click to hear KMZU’s Janet Adkison talk with Mike Spidle about other things to see at the 52nd Annual Western Farm Show..

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