Fort Worth Stock Show notes, Day 10

01/26/2014 7:12 PM

01/26/2014 7:13 PM

Stock Show sets second Saturday record

It looked like a record crowd, and it was.

The event drew 140,900 visitors Saturday, the most for that day in the 118-year history of the show. It was the fourth-largest daily attendance ever.

Only three other days, all third Saturdays, have seen more people on the grounds.

The big day pushed this year’s attendance to 372,800 — placing it ahead of the 370,400 total at this point in 2013, and 366,700 in 2012, when the show set a record for total attendance. — Punch Shaw

Stock Show Art Contest bidding underway

Steers, hogs, sheep and goats are not the only champions being auctioned for big bucks at the Stock Show.

For the first time this year, the winning works in the Stock Show Art Contest are up for sale.

Throughout the show, the public is invited to submit bids on six paintings and drawings that took top honors in the competition. Anyone can make an offer on the works until bidding closes at noon Feb. 8, the final day of the show.

Visitors can monitor the progress on a video display in the main lobby of Amon G. Carter Jr. Exhibits Hall. As of Sunday afternoon, the top bid submitted was $3,250 for the sixth-place work, Platinum, a pencil drawing of a horse and trailer by Eric Ortiz from Lubbock Monterey High School.

The blue ribbon winner, The Lonely Longhorn, an oil painting of a Longhorn cow by Lawson Belcher of Keller High School, carried a bid of $2,500.

Art lovers may bid on the art via the Web or their smartphones. For more information about the contest and the bidding (which can be done via smartphone), visit fwssr.com/artauction. — Punch Shaw

Want a robot to feed your horse?

iFEED, a new livestock feeding system represented by a booth in the Brown-Lupton North exhibits hall, is not exactly a robot feeder. But it comes close.

It is an automated feeder, controlled by a timer similar to those found on lawn-sprinkler systems, which can used for horses, hogs or dogs.

“A lot of people think that it is designed to be convenient in terms of being able to feed your horses while being gone for days,” said vendor Taylor Johnson. “But that is not really the idea. Instead, it is about feeding your stock properly, so they can utilize all the minerals and nutrients in your feed.”

Johnson said the system dispenses livestock feed in small servings as often, or as seldom, as the owner desires. That can especially help prevent colic in horses, among other benefits, Johnson said.

The system was developed in Denmark in 1997 and has been available in this country for two years, Johnson said. The company’s U.S. headquarters is in Washington state, but the units are manufactured right here in Texas, in Johnson’s hometown of Prosper. — Punch Shaw

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