Bee County Extension Agent
Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and the Coastal Bend Classic Committee are preparing for the fourth annual Coastal Bend Classic set to be held Saturday, Dec. 7, in Sinton for area 4-H and FFA members.
The event will include educational sessions over livestock exhibition with cattle, sheep, goat, poultry and rabbit species, and a prospect show after lunch. Registration for the event can be done early by visiting http://d114-h.tamu.edu/events-and-contests/coastal-bend-classic/ for $15 a participant by Nov. 22 or by registering the on-site for $20. Registration must be done by 8:45 that morning.
At the conclusion of the educational sessions lunch will be provided for each participant, courtesy of Coastal Bend Texas Farm Bureau organizations. Lunch speaker will be Dr. Billy Zanolini from Texas A&M AgriLife Extension.
A prospect show will take place after lunch, and prizes will be given to winning exhibitors. Additional platinum sponsors for the event include Anderson Bean Boots and Purina Honor Show Chow Feeds.
The event this year will include sessions of poultry and rabbits for the first time. Speakers for those sessions will be Keith Skaggs, sponsored by Purina Mills, and Michael Heaton from Heaton Rabbits. In addition a cattle fitting contest will take place during the beef session for the first time. Rules over the contest can be found at the Coastal Bend Classic website.
Last year, more than 190 youth from across the Coastal Bend region participated in the third annual Coastal Bend Classic Livestock Clinics and Show. These youth increased their knowledge about their livestock projects through educational activities related to selection, nutrition, animal health and proper handling of livestock. In addition, they improved showmanship skills with hands-on instruction. Educational sessions covered beef (heifer and steer), sheep, goat and swine projects.
After educational instruction, exhibitors participated in a prospect show and had their animals evaluated by some of the best judges in the state. More than 267 cattle, sheep and goats were exhibited.