Hundreds are expected to attend the 12th staging of the Minard Livestock Show and Beef Festival, Brown's Town, St. Ann on Thursday, November 12.
The calendar event, staged under the auspices of the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries and the Jamaica Livestock Association (JLA), will be hosted under the theme, "Livestock: A Key Component in Food Security".
Minard Show Coordinator, Doreen Hibbert, told JIS News that this year's show is expected to be bigger and better, based on the enthusiasm of the patrons last year.
Focusing on the theme of the event, she said it is a continuation of the emphasis on food security, and the role that livestock has to play in the country's economic development. She said that the day's activities will include some new attractions, including rabbit and bird displays and an egg competition, and other activities such as livestock displays, cattle and goat judging competitions, livestock auction, spit roast and calf scramble.
"The St. Ann branch of the Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA) and the Jamaica 4-H Club's Home Economics Department will be using local beef in the production of a variety of tasty dishes," Miss Hibbert told JIS News.
She added that Best Dressed Foods, as one of the major sponsors, will also be preparing tasty sample dishes.
The event will be entertaining as well as educational, she promised, while inviting members of the public to come out to support the venture.
Gates will open at 8:00 a.m. and the show will end at 5:00 p.m. Cost of entry for adults is $300 and for children, $100.