JIS News

Hundreds are expected to attend the 11th staging of the Minard Livestock Show and Beef Festival in Brown’s Town, St. Ann, on Thursday, November 13.
The calendar event, which is promoted by the Ministry of Agriculture, the Jamaica Livestock Association, the Agricultural Development Corporation, and the Goat Breeders Society of Jamaica, will be hosted under the theme: ‘Exploiting Livestock for Food Security and Youth Empowerment’.
Minard Show Co-ordinator, Doreen Hibbert, told JIS News, that the Planning Committee selected the theme, based on some of the factors affecting the country’s food security.
“The theme addresses the importance of the livestock industry towards food security, restoring confidence in the industry, and improving the competitive marketing position of locally produced livestock products,” Ms. Hibbert said, adding that special emphasis would be placed on youth this year, with the hope of engaging their interest in the sector and to highlight to them, the available economic opportunities.
Activities for the day, she said, would include livestock displays, cattle and goat judging competitions, livestock auction, calf scramble, educational and commercial displays.
“Grace Kitchens and the Jamaica 4-H Clubs Home Economics Department, will be on spot preparing a variety of dishes, using locally produced beef,” she said.
Members of the public are invited to come out and support the event, which will commence at 9:00 a.m. and will last until 5:00 p.m.