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Program to add value to livestock at shows

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By The Staff

A new program will add value to Kentucky-bred livestock exhibited at Kentucky Department of Agriculture-sponsored livestock shows and the Kentucky State Fair.

The Kentucky Proud Livestock Tag Program will make exhibitors eligible for additional premiums in livestock shows and the state fair. The program is expected to increase sale prices for participating producers.

“This program will provide an incentive for Kentucky exhibitors to pay more for show-quality, Kentucky-bred livestock,” Agriculture Commissioner Richie Farmer said. “Exhibitors who earn the additional premiums will be able to put that money toward their education or into next year’s livestock project. Producers and exhibitors will benefit from this program, and Kentucky’s livestock industries will get some well-deserved acclaim.”

Producers may enroll in the program and purchase Kentucky Proud tags for their show-quality animals for $5 per tag. The tags will make it easy to identify animals enrolled in the program and issue Kentucky Proud premiums to youth livestock exhibitors. Each tag bears the Kentucky Proud logo and an identifying number. Any animals not identified by a Kentucky Proud tag at a KDA-sponsored youth livestock show will be eligible for non-Kentucky premiums only.

The program has been launched with Kentucky Agricultural Development Fund money through the Kentucky Proud program. Proceeds from the sales of the tags will cover the Department’s cost for the tags and fund the additional premiums. The KDA is conducting the program in partnership with the Kentucky Beef Network with the cooperation of the Kentucky Dairy Development Council, the Kentucky Pork Producers Association and the Kentucky Sheep and Goat Development Office.

For more information, or to enroll in the program and purchase tags, contact the Division of Show and Fair Promotion at (502) 564-4983 or go to www.kyagr.com/marketing/fair/index.htm.