The Arkansas Angus Association hosted its first ever pen show in conjunction with the Arkansas Cattlemen's Association Annual Convention and Trade Show, November 18. The pen show was held at the Fort Smith Livestock Auction, Fort Smith, Ark.
Ten entries with a total of 30 head participated in the pen show. Tyler Dewey, assistant livestock judging coach at the University of Arkansas, evaluated the ten pens. Belt buckles and banners were awarded for grand champion pens, and banners were awarded to the reserve champion pens in each division. Aaron Pitts with Genex made a special presentation to the grand champion heifer pens of five units of semen from any bull in the Genex line up.
An AngusSource® division was a first, not only for Arkansas, but for the nation. Neideckers Angus Farm, Van Buren, Ark., claimed top honors winning both grand and reserve grand champion AngusSource pen titles. The champion pen was a group of bred heifers with an average weight of 1,143 pounds at 653 days of age. The reserve champion pen was a group of heifers with an average weight of 748 pounds at 321 days of age.
In the registered Angus bull division Gilbreath Enterprises, Summers, Ark., claimed champion honors with a pen that posted an average weight of 1,707 pounds at 656 days. Sugar Springs Ranch, Lincoln, Ark., showed the reserve champion bull pen that posted an average weight of 1,300 pounds at 425 days.
Sugar Springs Ranch also exhibited the grand champion registered Angus heifers. Their pen posted an average weight of 982 pounds at 426 days. Gilbreath Enterprises showcased the reserve champion heifer pen with an average weight of 713 pounds at 305 days.
“Congratulations go out to all that participated and supported this very successful event for our state association,” says Shirley Williams Arkansas Angus Association vice president of marketing & communications. “A very special thank you goes to fellow director Tom Jones who believed in this concept and pushed all of us to make it a reality. We hope to make this pen show an annual event.”