Western Farm Show

The 58th annual Western Farm Show, scheduled for Feb. 22-24 in Kansas City, Mo., features a variety of farm equipment and technology. 

The Western Farm Show returns to the American Royal complex in Kansas City, Mo., Feb. 22-24. It’s the 58th annual Western Farm Show, and show manager Ken Dean says it has a wide variety of farm equipment and technology for visitors to look at and talk about.

“Anything that’s the latest and greatest will be at the show,” he says.

Dean says some vendors have been in the same spot every year since the buildings that currently host the show were built.

“The show kind of stands by itself,” he says. “It’s been pretty much at the same location for a few decades — that says a lot.”

The show’s home is the American Royal Complex, down in the West Bottoms by the site of the old Kansas City Stockyards, an area rich with Kansas City’s agricultural heritage.

Dean says the show gives attendees the chance to visit directly with the people who are selling their products, as well as other farmers at the show.

“What a great opportunity to visit with vendors,” he says.

The farm economy has been challenging, but Dean says that makes farmers and ranchers even more interested in being as efficient as possible.

“When times maybe aren’t as productive as maybe other years, that’s the time when farmers and ranchers are even more interested in improving productivity on their farms and ranches,” he says.

The Western Farm Show again will feature the Family Living Center, Health & Safety Roundup area and Dr. Ron Gill’s low-stress livestock demonstration, back for its ninth year. Dean says it is a very popular event at the show.

“I never dreamed nine years ago that a livestock handling demonstration would become a featured event for us, but it has,” he says.

Gill works with Texas A&M AgriLife Extension, and his demonstrations show the value of a low-stress approach to livestock handling.

“Working with cattle in a low-stress environment makes for healthy cattle,” Dean says.

The demonstrations are scheduled for 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, in the Scott Pavilion, adjacent to the American Royal Complex.

The farm show is popular for a variety of people, Dean says, with different exhibits, information and entertainment. It’s also popular for families, with kids 12 and under getting in for free. Dean says the show’s variety is part of its appeal.

“I think it’s because it’s a well-rounded event,” he says. “We always promote it as family friendly. You’ve got a little something for everyone in the family.”

The American Royal Complex is located at 1701 American Royal Ct., Kansas City, Mo. The show is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 22, and Saturday, Feb. 23, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 26.

Visit www.westernfarmshow.com for more information.

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Ben Herrold is Missouri field editor, writing for Missouri Farmer Today, Iowa Farmer Today and Illinois Farmer Today.