and ask, “Who’s going to go next?” — visitors’ No. 1 question, according to co-manager Richie Knebel — remember, animals are just like humans. “There’s no set schedule on parturition, or birthing, so it could happen any time,” says Knebel. “We have due dates, of course. I commonly refer to them as suggestion dates.” The exhibit, run by Knebel and his father, Rich Sr., includes cows, ewes and sows, which produced 21 calves, 21 lambs and 59 piglets last year — and 90 to 100 more this year, Knebel expects. He says that toward the end of the show, with a lot of babies on the ground, the exhibit easily houses “a lot” of livestock. “It’s like a miniature farm.”
9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily. March 7-26. NRG Center, One NRG Park. For information, call 832-667-1080 or visit rodeohouston.com
. $5 to $10.
Before you step up to the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo’s