Beef Expo sales nearly hit $1M

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The 2020 Kentucky Farm Bureau Beef Expo finished close to the $1-million mark for total sales in the 34th edition of the event at the Kentucky Exposition Center.

Total sales in 2020 were $988,630, an increase of $92,228 compared to last year’s sales. The average sale dropped $101 to $2,049 per lot, but 65.5 more lots (482.5) were auctioned this year.

“Kentucky is the largest beef cattle state east of the Mississippi River and each year that fact is on display at the Kentucky Farm Bureau Beef Expo,” said Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles said. “After the Beef Expo missed the million-dollar mark last year for the first time in eight years, I’m happy that overall sales increased. While we would all like for cattle prices to be higher than they are, events like the Beef Expo provide a critical market for our producers.”

Angus cattle brought an average of $3,013 per lot to lead all breeds. The sale topper was a $12,200 Angus cow/calf pair consigned by Burks Cattle of Park City, Kentucky. The Beef Expo welcomed sixteen states and a new breed, Black Hereford, this year.

In the junior show, 301 cattle passed through the show ring from 12 states, including 204 from Kentucky. The judging contest attracted 151 participants.

The 2020 Beef Expo was sponsored by Kentucky Farm Bureau, the Kentucky Department of Agriculture, Blue Grass Stockyards, Farm Credit Mid-America, Feeders Supply, the Kentucky Cattlemen’s Association, Meade Tractor, Paris Stockyard, and Tarter Farm & Ranch Equipment.