Heine enters lambs in national event Luke Heine of Vermillion has entered four head of market lambs in the sheep show division of the 30th annual North American International Livestock Exposition (NAILE).
The NAILE is recognized as the world's largest purebred livestock show with more than 21,000 entries and nearly $700,000 in prizes and awards. Scheduled for Nov. 8-21, the event takes place at the Kentucky Fair & Exposition Center, Louisville, KY.
Purebred farms from nearly every state and Canada bring livestock to compete in one of nine expo divisions: dairy cattle, dairy goats, Boer goats, beef cattle, quarter horses, draft horses, sheep, swine, and llamas. More than 225,000 American and foreign visitors attend the hundreds of individual breed shows and sales.
In addition to the recognition and prize money that comes with winning at the NAILE, the value of the champion breeding stock is significantly enhanced.
The expo is also home to numerous youth events that are an important part of the livestock industry's traditions, including: Eastern National 4-H Horse Roundup; Youth, Junior College and Senior Collegiate Dairy Judging Contest; National Collegiate Livestock Judging Contest; National 4-H Livestock Judging Contest; Junior College Livestock Judging Contest; and National 4-H Poultry & Egg Conference.
Additionally, young livestockmen enter market animals in the Junior Steer Show, Junior Market Swine Show or Junior Wether Show. These youth shows are sponsored by Farm Credit Services of Mid-America and are nationally recognized for both the quality of competition and prestige of winning. Champions from these shows are sold at the Sale of Champions on Nov. 20 at 7:30 p.m.