North American International Livestock Exposition Dairy Shows scheduled for Nov.2-6

Supreme and Junior Supreme Champions Will Be Named

The North American International Livestock Exposition (NAILE) Dairy Cattle Division is scheduled for Nov. 2-6 at the Kentucky Exposition Center. Seven breeds will conduct events, and shows will be video streamed live from Freedom Hall. They can be seen at no charge by logging onto the NAILE website during the events. In addition to national breed shows, Junior Heifer shows for each breed are also scheduled, as well as the Jersey Jug Futurity and the Guernsey Gold Futurity.

Other dairy industry activities include the Dairy Judging Contests for Youth, Junior College and Senior College divisions and the 4-H Dairy Quiz Bowl.

Supreme Champions
Grand Champion Cows from all seven breeds will vie for the Supreme Champion Cow award on Tuesday, Nov. 6. The winner earns overall show honors and a $2,500 premium, which is sponsored by Kentucky Farm Bureau.

Junior Show champions compete for the Junior Show Supreme Champion Cow ($2,000 award) or the Junior Show Supreme Champion Heifer ($500 award) placing. The Junior Show supreme awards are sponsored by the Kentucky Dairy Development Council.

Rule Added
When approving plans for the 2012 Dairy Cattle Division, the NAILE Executive Committee added one rule change. Beginning this year, no barbed or pronged halters will be allowed.

Entry Information
Catalogs containing show information and rules are available for download on the NAILE website at Printed catalogs and entry forms are automatically mailed to those who have entered in the past two years. Catalogs are free, and anyone wishing to receive one in print or on CD should contact the NAILE offices at P.O. Box 36367, Louisville, KY 40233-6367, by fax at 502-367-5299, or by e-mail at

Exhibitors may submit entries by mail at any time and on the website beginning September 1. The regular deadline for entries is September 20, and Late Entry deadline is October 10 with a double entry fee requirement. There is an Extra Late open dairy deadline on October 25 with a $100 entry fee.

The 39th Annual NAILE is produced by the Commonwealth of Kentucky at the Kentucky Exposition Center, Louisville, KY, under the direction of the Kentucky State Fair Board. During the Expo’s two-week run November 3 through 16, the facility’s entire 1,200,000 square feet of climate-controlled exhibit space is used. More than 200,000 visitors and exhibitors attend the event annually.