It’s always a team effort to get the cattle fit and looking their best on show day.
The Hereford Bull show was going on from the other side of the area.
Angus on Parade!
Love those fluffy ears! This was the last show for this heifer. The pair had a successful show season, but now it’s time for her to be
a mama cow and have her first calf. We’re very excited to see the calves she produces.Open Angus Show Day
Watching the selection of the champion Angus female.
Experiencing the view of the pen and carload cattle in the Yards.
On the Hill
Last week we made a trip to the National Western Stock Show. It had been 10 years since I had been to the show, and I was excited to get back to Denver, see cattle friends, take in the trade show, hang out with family, and watch the shows. Our oldest was only 2 years old during our last trip and this year she would be competing in the Junior Angus Show for the first time. Our family has exhibited cattle here several years and won the coveted “Super Bowl” of cattle shows in 1999 and 2011. My parents were able to join us for the week and to see MJ show for the first time. Sometimes it’s hard living so far from my family, but we cherish the times we’re together. We enjoyed watching our daughter compete with her three heifers, walking through the barns, visiting with friends and congratulating other competitors. Everything on display—from the cattle on the Hill and in the Yards to the amazing vendors at the trade show is always top notch.
In the Yards
There is so much history to this show—it began in 1906. The Denver Stockyards were where cattlemen all over the West would bring their cattle by railroad to market at auction. Walking along the catwalk high above the pens shows quite the view of the cattle and the entire complex. I love the history of it all!
I have many memories of attending my first NWSS in college, as well as a few more times through the years after I was married and we started exhibiting our cattle here. This year was no exception. It was even more special to share the experience with our oldest daughter. I will always feel grateful for the opportunities we have to raise kids and cattle.