The MATE Show Continues to Serve Agriculture and More

February 15, 2024

For nearly 50 years, the MATE Show in Billings, Mont. has been one of our region's premier farm and ranch shows. This year's MATE Show and Home & Health Expo runs Feb. 15-17.

MATE Show manager Tracy Marchwinski says attendees this year will once again get to see some of the very latest in technology products and services.

"We have several new things that are down at the show this year," said Marchwinski. "Torgerson's has brought the Minotaur that's part dozer and part loader. It does both. It's a new and first of its kind in the market. It's available for construction and for agriculture and works anywhere. For cattle producers, RealTuff has brought in it's new 19 foot alley. And what's unique about that is it allows the cattle to go side by side through the alley. We know how they like to follow each other through and it holds six in that alley and it allows for self-feeding so the cattle just continue to follow through as they go through. It's right outside the doors that anybody can come and take a look at."

She says the MATE Show continues to be a very important educational event as well.

"This is an educational setting," said Marchwinski. "People that don't farm can come down and learn what it takes to bring the crops from farm to table. People are very interested to see how things work. You can go to each booth and they will show you a demonstration or show you a video about what they're displaying or have. We have products for not only the large thousand acre farmer, but we have products all the way down to the local person in town that has a small yard. There is something for everybody here. So, don't look at it as just ag show that doesn't fit me, it does fit you. It can come in many shapes and sizes down here."

She says that this year's Home and Health Expo, among other things, will offer some very important skin cancer screening.

"Our Home and Health grand prize is $1,000 gift card to Billings Dermatology and Aesthetics," said Marchwinski. "They're also offering free skin checks. They have a little private room area set up so that if you have a spot or something that you're concerned about, you can go see them. They'll check it out and tell you, hey, you better set up an appointment or you're good to go free. Totally free. So ,it's a fabulous opportunity for people that might be a little concerned about something going on."

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Source: Western Ag Network