The latest in farming and ranching equipment and technology as well as livestock handling will be on display Feb. 21-23 at the 53rd annual Western Farm Show in the American Royal Complex in Kansas City.
Show manager Ken Dean said more than 3,000 complimentary tickets were mailed out to FFA members in Kansas and Missouri to enable them to attend the show on FFA Day on Friday, Feb. 21.
"Many of our exhibitors really enjoy talking to the students and introducing them to new ideas and technology," Dean said. "We try to make sure that FFA Day is a learning experience and that the students get exposed to as much education as we can possibly provide."
The Western Farm show is one of the largest indoor shows of the year and is famous for its tractor pull.
This year's show will also feature a livestock handling demonstration put on by Ron Gill, Texas AgriLife Extension specialist, who has been providing technical expertise to livestock producers in beef cattle nutrition, management and livestock handling techniques for more than 21 years.
This year, Gill will demonstrating how low stress handling techniques can provide economic benefits by reducing sickness and labor and improving weight gains in cattle.
MFA is helping to support and promote the Livestock Demonstration during the Farm Show, Dean said.
Dean said this year's show will also feature a number of new products.
"One of the really great things about attending a show is the chance to see what is new and be able to talk to the exhibitors about new technology. Then you can walk down the aisle and talk to the competition and do some comparison shopping," Dean said.
The Western Farm Show is popular with farmers and ranchers in eastern Kansas and western Missouri but also draws visitors from around the country, Dean said.