More than 500 exhibitors from 27 states, Canada and Australia are being advertised as participants in the 3rd annual Great Bend Farm and Ranch Expo, which is set for April 9-11 at the Great Bend Expo Complex, located on the airport 2.5 miles west of the city.
Added attractions this year include a low stress cattle handling demonstration, horse training demonstrations, combine and sprayer demonstrations and speakers from Kansas State University. KSN-TV will broadcast live from the farm show all three days.
Admission and parking are free.
Scott Daily from RFD-TV will present the horse training demonstrations. Daily has a lifetime love of horses and wanted to be a trainer while in 4-H in his hometown of Inola, Okla. His career as a horse trainer began about 15 years ago after many years of perfecting his own trust-based techniques.
Veterinarian Tom Noffsinger will present the cattle handling demonstrations and will include applications of low-stress handling to show the positive effects low-stress has on cattle health and performance. He says the techniques pay off during calving, new cattle acclimation, processing, pen riding and sick cattle management. His presentation will be on Thursday, April 10 at 2 p.m.
On Friday, April 11 at 1 p.m., Genex Cooperative will demonstration chute-side service using portable breeding barns. Chute-side service is a convenient and cost-effective tool for large operations to improve their genetics and profitability through artificial insemination. During the demonstration, 55 heifers will be A.I. bred.
Also on Friday of the show, storyteller Trent Loss will tell stories about his ventures cross-country and around the globe.
Additional information about the show can be found on the show website.