Be Sure To See 'Avenue of Breeds' At State Fair

Be Sure To See 'Avenue of Breeds' At State Fair

The Coalition to Support Iowa's Farmers is sponsoring the popular "Avenue of Breeds" at the 2011 Iowa State Fair. The fair runs August 11-21 in Des Moines.

The Coalition to Support Iowa's Farmers is proud to announce their sponsorship of the popular "Avenue of Breeds" at the 2011 Iowa State Fair. The annual event runs August 11 to 21 at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines.

The fair's theme this year is "Nothing Compares," which accurately describes one of the fair's renowned attractions--the Avenue of Breeds. The Avenue of Breeds allows visitors the opportunity to see many different species and breeds of cattle, horses, chickens, sheep and hogs, just to name a few, all in one location.

This must-see exhibit is located in the northwest corner of the Swine Barn and offers educational information about all species of livestock showcased in the area. The display boasts 55 breeds and 125 animals.

This year Avenue of Breeds has 55 breeds of livestock and 125 animals

"The 'Avenue of Breeds' has something to offer everyone – from farmers to visitors who have never been to an Iowa farm," says CSIF Executive Director Brian Waddingham. "It is a one-stop shop that showcases the diversity of livestock agriculture in the state. Local FFA members will be providing daily care for the animals featured and will also be on-hand to answer questions. The efforts of these young people represent the same kind of diligent attention and dedication that Iowa farmers provide for their livestock every day."

Consumers can visit the Avenue of Breeds at the Iowa State Fair, learn about the various animals and get all of their livestock-related questions answered. North Polk FFA members will be available daily from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. to answer questions. Additionally, a CSIF staff member will be available to visit with fair attendees from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. every day of the fair.

What is the CSIF and what types of services does it provide?

CSIF is a non-partisan, not-for-profit organization launched in 2004. Member organizations include the Iowa Cattlemen's Association, Iowa Corn Growers Association, Iowa Farm Bureau, Iowa Pork Producers Association, Iowa Poultry Association, Iowa Soybean Association, the Iowa Turkey Federation and the Midwest Dairy Association.

The Coalition has assisted more than 1,500 farm families who raise livestock, dairy and poultry choose good sites for new barns and feedlots, follow all rules and regulations, protect air and water quality and enhance neighbor and community relations. The organization does not lobby or develop policy.

Farmers wanting such assistance or who have questions are encouraged to contact the Coalition at 800-932-2436 or go to www.supportfarmers.com. There is no cost for CSIF's services.

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