Livestock Exhibits and Events a Mainstay at Husker Harvest Days

Husker Harvest Days offers a wide array of equipment, breed displays and demonstrations for livestock producers, ranchers and horse enthusiasts.

Published on: Sep 10, 2009
Livestock producers and ranchers attending Husker Harvest Days will have an opportunity to visit with company representatives that display livestock handling equipment, waterers, fencing and haying equipment, and animal health products. Several cattle breed associations will also display their information and cattle at the show. Husker Harvest Days is scheduled for Sept. 15, 16 and 17 and the show site is located just west of Grand Island, Neb.

Cattle Handling Demos, Equipment and Products
The Livestock Industry Building, located in the northwest corner of the Husker Harvest Days show site, is home to cattle handling demonstrations and livestock related exhibits. Cattle handling demonstrations will be held each show day at 10 a.m. and at 2 p.m. These demonstrations highlight side-by-side working comparisons of various manufacturers’ squeeze chutes and cattle handling systems as well as information on advances in vaccination and implanting devices.

Beef Quality Assurance Training
Immediately after the cattle handling demonstrations, Nebraska Cattlemen Beef Quality Assurance Coordinator Drew Gaffney will hold a 30- to 40-minute Beef Quality Assurance training session on proper handling and disposal of needles, storage and handling of vaccines, and use of the proper injection sites to minimize injection-site lesions. Gaffney will also address feed issues and the need to observe pre-harvest withdrawal times.

Horse and Rider Competition
The popular horse and rider competitions return again to Husker Harvest Days. The three days will feature a different event daily including team penning, two man ranch sorting and one man ranch sorting, beginning at 10 a.m just east of the HHD exhibit area. In its sixth consecutive year, organizer Roger Williams from St. Paul, Neb., says this year looks to be the best yet.

Horse Training
Lifelong horseman and rancher Ron Knodel returns to demonstrate his techniques and share his wild horse gentling philosophies. Knodel’s demonstrations begin at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. daily in Lot 1052. Working with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Knodel’s demonstrations entertain as much as they inform. This is the perfect venue to pick up a couple of ideas to take home and use with your own horses.

General Show Information
Husker Harvest Days, the world's largest, totally irrigated working farm show, will be held Sept. 15, 16 and 17 at its permanent show site located west of Grand Island, 1-1/2 miles north and 2 miles west of Alda, in central Nebraska on Husker Highway.

This show hosts more than 600 exhibits displaying new farm and ranch equipment, tractors, combines, tillage and precision farming equipment, irrigation systems and related products, seed and crop protection products and many additional production supplies and services. Ag manufacturers and suppliers from across the country and around the world are set to participate.

The latest irrigation technology and techniques are an important focus of the show. The show’s field demonstration and seed plot crops are produced with the latest irrigation systems and components and are available for visitors to review and learn how to upgrade and their own systems.

Hundreds of crop acres will be used for corn harvesting, tillage, and alfalfa cutting, baling and handling. Field demonstrations include side-by-side equipment, tractor and combine performance comparisons.