Second highest total ever
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Feb. 25, 2016) — The Kentucky Farm Bureau Beef Expo, held from Feb. 19-21 in Louisville, generated more than $1.2 million in sales. It was the second highest sales total ever—last year’s total was $1.39 million—and it was the fifth consecutive year sales exceeded $1 million.
“In a challenging economic time for beef cattle producers, this was an excellent Beef Expo,” Commissioner of Agriculture Ryan Quarles said. “The success of this year’s event is a testament to the quality of Kentucky cattle and the national reputation of the Beef Expo. Congratulations to the buyers, sellers, exhibitors, juniors, and everyone who had a hand in putting on this year’s Expo.”
The 442 lots averaged $2,730 per head, also the second-best in Beef Expo history behind only the 2015 average of $3,128. Cattle from 15 states were shown.
The 19 Gelbvieh lots brought an average of $4,432 to lead all breeds. The Angus were next at $4,302 for 41 lots. The sale topper was the grand champion Gelbvieh bull that fetched a high bid of $21,000.
In the junior show, 461 animals were led into the show ring, including 205 from Kentucky.
The Kentucky Department of Agriculture, Kentucky Farm Bureau, and Farm Credit Mid-America were the major sponsors of the Beef Expo.