Boy, did I get my Ag In Motion yesterday.
Day 1 of the fourth annual farm show near Langham, Sask and it was hot. Like 34 degrees. I’m not really a 34 degree person, but I toughed it out.
Part of the day I was on volunteer duty that involved crowd control at the tillage and seeding demonstration sites. Tractors pulling large pieces of heavy equipment are roaring down a 250 foot stretch of field, the spectators are right there at the edge and you want to minimize human losses. Sort of like the feedlot industry where you want to keep the mortality rates as low as possible for a lot of reasons.
With farm shows it doesn’t look good on attendance figures — X number of people in, and a slightly lower X number of people out. That’s not good.
So I am glad to report that do the dedication and skill of a highly trained group of green-shirted rope holders there were no human casualties at Day 1 of Ag In Motion. It’s probably a new crew of rope holders on deck today and Thursday. Will they be as consciences? Only time will tell.
More on the livestock side of things — more displays, more demonstrations, some beef breeds on display — Limousin are featured in the cattle handling demos. Livestock Central even has its own show guide this year, so you won’t get lost.
I can’t report much on the food services at AIM this year. I did see some food trucks and other vendors, so I know they are there. If you are on the east side of the grounds near the equipment demonstrations, the Rotary Club has their food service tent in full operation and I can confirm they make an excellent burger.
Lee Hart is a field editor with Grainews based in Calgary. Contact him at 403-592-1964 or by email at [email protected]
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