A feature of the MATE is the Bull Pen Preview presented by the Northern Ag Network. Live bulls from local producers are displayed for potential buyers to evaluate the composition of the bulls. Passerby's can see for themselves the breeding traits of programs, purchase a bull right then and there, or get information about upcoming sales.12 different ranches have preview pens this year. The 2017 Bull Pen exhibitors are listed below.
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.
All MATE Show guests are eligible to sign up to win one of two $300 certificates given to be used towards a purchase of a bull from the 12 ranches at the MATE Show.