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Consolidation and inflation impacting county fair livestock entries

Marion County, Illinois 4-H member Jonathon Wilkins exhibits a beef project at his county fair.

Livestock entries are down at some county fairs as exhibitors face higher input costs, inflation, and herd consolidation.

Illinois Association of Agricultural Fairs Vice President Dave Hake is from Washington County, the third largest dairy producing county in the state, but tells Brownfield you wouldn’t know it by looking in the dairy barn at their county fair.

“The 50 to 60 cow dairy herds are gone.

Consolidation and inflation impacting county fair livestock entries

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