Juniors Leading Juniors

The butterfly effect – a phenomenon where a small change in a complex system can have large effects elsewhere. In the livestock world the “butterflies” are the eldest, experienced juniors, who have pulled around 1,000 lb. heifers for the past 10 years. Every year during the month of November, juniors from across the country gather […]


Building Self Confidence One sheep at a Time

Shoulders back, chin up, smile – oh and don’t “ewe” forget the sheep. Dresses, heels, lipstick and breeding sheep all go together, right? At the North American International Livestock Exposition, they do! Every year in Louisville, Kentucky, the North American Lead Line and Costume Class is held where participants showcase their sheep while wearing a […]


Teamwork Makes the Dream Work

Teamwork makes the dream work at the North American International Livestock Exposition Junior Breeding Sheep Show. South Wing A bustles with families, friends and exhibitors working together. Throughout the course of two days exhibitors show sixteen breeds of sheep, including Dorset, Montadale and Oxford, in four show rings. Around the perimeter of the barn, it’s […]


From Competition to Collaboration at the Rodeo

When the lights come up and the crowd cheers in Freedom Hall it’s an experience unlike anything else on the Great Lake Circuit Rodeo. After a long year of competition, no rodeo rider would want to miss it. Alex Baratka arrived in Louisville with a horse recovering from injury and she hoped it would recuperate […]


Largest Livestock Exposition in the World Arrives in Kentucky

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (October 29, 2018) — It’s not Noah’s Ark, but it’s close. Over 30,000 animals and their owners from around the globe will move into the Kentucky Exposition Center as they compete in the North American International Livestock Exposition (NAILE) for nearly $750,000 in premiums and awards. Last year the event drew competitors, exhibitors […]


Hall Selected for Saddle and Sirloin Club, Livestock Industry’s Highest Honor

Recognized for a lifetime of exceptional service for animal agriculture LOUISVILLE, Ky. (March 14, 2019) — Robert Hall Jr. will be the 2019 inductee into the Saddle and Sirloin Club, widely considered the highest honor in the livestock industry. Hall has dedicated more than 70 years to animal agriculture and is the longtime owner and […]