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At Cattlemen's Congress- Commercial Cattlemen Encouraged to Come Thursday
The 2023 Cattlemen’s Congress is quickly moving forward with national breed shows and sales. Tyler Norvell, with the Cattlemen’s Congress Board of Directors, says that already excitement is building toward the two Supreme Drives planned for next week.

Norvell says that Congress is the only major national show in the US that brings together all of the breeds showing in a Supreme Drive. Next Tuesday, January 10th- the first of the two Supreme drives will happen with the champions in the Open Bull and Female shows in the European breeds- as well as the Champion Junior Female in each breed will be evaluated against all the other breeds and a Supreme Champion will be selected. This will be the third set of Supreme Champions of these breeds that will be selected.

Two nights later- the American Breeds will have a similar show in those three categories. This will be the second time that the American breeds will have a chance to select a Supreme Champion.- as the 2022 show was the inaugural year for the American Supreme Drive.

Norvell also talked with me about the special effort to engage commercial cattle producers in the show in 2023. On Thursday, January 5th- “We have the Hereford Pen Bull Show on Thursday- and the Herefords wanted to pair up with us to do a luncheon for any commercial cattlemen that wanted to come in from the six state region- and we have a lot of RSVPs but even if you did not RSVP- we still want you to come.” He adds “This is a great place to see elite genetics- whether they are looking for a $2,500 to a $5,000 bull or a $100,000 bull- there is something here for everyone- so if you are a commercial cattleman and you are out there- come to Oklahoma City on Thursday.”

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