NWSS livestock shows allow producers to showcase genetics
Across the country, thousands of producers from 4-H students to ranchers, are preparing for the National Western Stock Show. These people are not preparing to simply attend the stock show, however. They are going to compete.
The NWSS is a premier place for producers of many livestock species to exhibit their animals to a judge, and to the general public. The events that take place over the 16 days of the stock show range from cattle shows to youth showmanship, market classes and draft horse competitions.
The NWSS hosts one of the largest cattle shows in the country, where producers can take their animals and compete as individuals, in pens of three, or in a carload, which is a set of 10.
According to the NWSS, “More than 15,000 head of horses, cattle, sheep, swine, goats, llamas, alpacas, bison, yak, poultry and rabbits step foot on the grounds of the National Western Stock Show each year. The National Western Stock Show is noted for hosting the world’s only carload and pen cattle show, held in the historic Denver Union Stockyards.”
The shows allow producers to showcase their genetic programs, and for students to show their market animals. Over the show, 25 different breeds of cattle will compete, including Gelbvieh, Red Angus, Black Angus, Limousin, Hereford, Charolais, Shorthorn, and Simmental cattle, just to name a few.
Gelbvieh cattle will kick off the show, with the junior heifer show on Jan. 7 at 7:30 a.m., in the stadium arena. The Gelbvieh/Gelbvieh Balancer Futurity will be held the same day at 10 a.m., in the same location. The pen show will be held on Jan. 8 in the livestock center auction arena (LCAA), and the regular Gelbvieh and Balancer Show will be held on Jan. 9 at 8 a.m. in the stadium arena.
The National Red Angus Pen Show will start at 11 a.m. on Jan. 8, and will be held in the stockyards arena. The National Red Angus Junior/Open show will be held on Jan. 9 at 8 a.m. in the stadium arena.
The NWSS Angus Bull Show will be held on Jan. 11 at 8 a.m. At noon, the Angus Bull Sale Show will be held in the same location, and three judges will evaluate the bulls, and those judges include Paul Bennett of Red House, Va.; Bill Davis of Sidney, Mont.; and Matt Perrier of Eureka, Kan. The sale will then start at 3:30 p.m., in the beef palace auction area (BPAA). The Colorado Angus Female Foundation Sale will be held on Jan. 13 at 2:30 p.m. in the LCAA.
The Limousin and LimFlex show will be held on Jan. 11 at 8 a.m. in the stadium arena, and the pen and carload show will take place on Jan. 12 at 8 a.m.
The National Hereford Bull Show will be held Jan. 12, with the National Hereford sale being held on Jan. 13 in the BPAA at 6 p.m. The Hereford Pen/Carload Bull show is being held in the LCAA at 9:30 a.m. on the same day.
The Charolais pen show will be held on Jan. 14 at 9 a.m. in the stockyards, and the sale will be held at 2:30 p.m. in the BPAA on Jan. 15.
The Shorthorn Pen show will take place on Jan. 14 at 11 a.m. in the stockyards, and the junior Shorthorn heifer and junior Shorthorn Plus heifer show will take place at 11 a.m. on Jan. 15 in the stadium arena. The Shorthorn PACE bull show will follow the heifer show, and the sale will be held at 6 p.m. in the BPAA.
The Simmental pen of bulls show will be held on Jan. 15 at 8 a.m. in the stockyards, and the pen of heifers show will be held in the same location at the same time on Jan. 16. The Simmental sale will be held on Jan. 16 at 4 p.m. in the LCAA. The Simmental female show will take place on Jan. 18 at 8 a.m. in the stadium arena.
The National Western Commercial Heifer Show will be held on Jan. 18 at 9:30 a.m. in the LCAA, and the National Western Commercial Heifer Sale will take place on the same day at 2:30 p.m.
The junior market shows will be held throughout the stock show. The first market show will be the goats. The junior market goat show will be held on Jan. 11 starting at 8 a.m. The show will be held in the stadium hall, level one. The championship selection will be held at 1 p.m. Following the junior show, the Boer Goat show will be held at 2 p.m. in the same area.
The junior market lamb show will be held on Jan. 15, in the stadium hall, level one. The show will start at 9 am. The championship will be held at 6 p.m. The breeding sheep show for wool breeds and natural colored sheep will be held on Jan. 21, in the same location as the market show. The breeding sheep show for meat breeds and junior meet breeds will be held on Jan. 22, in the same location.
The junior market poultry show will be held on Jan. 16 at 9 a.m., in the events center.
The junior market swine show will take place on Jan. 18 starting at 9 a.m. This will also be held in the stadium hall, level 1. The championship swine selection will take place at 7 p.m. the same day, and will be held in the stadium arena.
The last junior market show, the beef show, will be held on Jan. 19 in the stadium arena at 9 a.m. The championship beef selection will happen at 3 p.m. in the same location.
The auction of the junior market livestock champions will be held on Jan. 20, in the BPAA. The event will start at 6:30 p.m., and will be broadcasted live.
Other livestock shows include the llama and alpaca show, which will be held on Jan. 7 at 2:30 p.m. and on Jan. 8 at 2 p.m. in the stadium arena.
The shows are a great way for producers to showcase their best animals, for other producers to buy foundation shock, and for the general public to learn about the different livestock breeds.