Beef Breeders to brave the cold Friday

But livestock judging portion dropped


The 22nd Annual Cowtown Beef Breeders Show will proceed as planned Friday in spite of forecasts for extreme cold, but one portion of the event has become a casualty of the weather.

According to Jim Bott, FFA adviser at Custer County District High School, the Open Beef Judging Competition will not be held during Beef Breeders.

“We have decided that, due to road conditions and the temperatures - 13 degrees or 25 below with windchill - and the fact that the event is outdoors, we are canceling the livestock judging,” Bott said Thursday afternoon.

The rest of the show will not be affected, Bott stressed.

The livestock judging, offered for 4-H and FFA students and adults, was to be held in the Steadman’s Ace Hardware parking lot from 10 a.m. to noon. 

There is no plan at this point to reschedule it, Bott said, noting that it was offered in part to draw more people to the community and to provide another activity for students. 

The FFA students are busy in the morning and late afternoon setting up and tearing down the pens that line a portion of Main Street.

As of Thursday, about 30 pens were reserved for the show, which is sponsored by the Miles City Area Chamber of Commerce and put on by the chamber’s Ag Council. 

Breeds that will be featured among the yearling bulls include Black Angus, Charolais, Gelbvieh, Horned Hereford, Limousin, Polled Hereford, Red Angus, Salers, Simmentals and Sim-Angus Composites. Participants will be coming from Montana, including two Miles City breeders, and from North Dakota and Wyoming. Due to the weather, a Canadian participant withdrew.

Bulls can generally be viewed from about 11 a.m. or whenever producers arrive. The show typically concludes by about 4 p.m. A portion of Main Street will be blocked off for most of the day.

In addition to the bulls and producers on hand, there will be agricultural implement dealers on Main Street Friday, and a Craft Show at the Eagles Lodge from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. on Friday, and Saturday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free coffee will be available both days at the Craft Show, and the Eagles will have lunch and dinner available for sale both days. There will also be hourly door prize drawings at the Eagles and a grand prize drawing at 3 p.m. on Saturday, which you must be present to win.   

Many Main Street and ag-related businesses in Miles City will be offering special prices and events during the show. Bull Bucks, good toward the purchase of a bull, will again be awarded in an afternoon drawing.