The 41st annual Montana Agri-Trade Exposition (MATE Show) will again feature the Bull Pen Preview presented by the Northern Ag Network, February 16-18, 2017 at MetraPark in Billings, MT. Entries are now being accepted into the office for cattle breeders to participate in this year's showcase.
The MATE show is the largest agricultural trade show in Montana drawing over 14,000 people last year from across the region. The Bull Pen Preview presented by the Northern Ag Network offers tremendous exposure to breeders wishing to promote their genetics and program to commercial and registered producers.
Cattle are allowed into the pens for all three days of the show. It is not required that cattle be there all three days, however, a majority of the commercial type producers historically attend on Thursday and Friday. The pens are available as early as Thursday morning and until 2:00 pm on Saturday afternoon. This is not a haltered exhibit, but an opportunity for Bull Pen Exhibitors to visit with potential customers face to face and for them to view the cattle.
The will be two sizes of pens offered. A 12'x12' pens for $125.00 (max capacity is 3 hd of yearlings) or 12'x24' pens for $200.00 (max capacity is 6 hd of yearlings). Herd sires or other aged bulls are allowed as long as they are comfortable being around people and being penned up while on exhibit. Space is limited! Pen assignments will be done on a first come, first serve basis.
Again, this year, we will be offering two $300 gift certificates for Bull Pen attendees. All attendees will be encouraged to fill out an address form, from which we will draw two names out to receive the gift certificate that can be used to buy a bull from our Bull Pen exhibitors within the next 12 months.