Showing Family Values

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The National Western Stock Show is the premier livestock show in the United States, and it draws talented competitors from across the nation to contend for glory on the Hill. The variety and intensity found only at national shows is what keeps contestants like 16-year-old Maddie Unruh from Peyton, Colorado coming back.

PRESS RELEASE: The National Western Stock Show Grand Champion Steer Sets a New Record

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DENVER, CO, January 25, 2019 – The standing-room-only crowd at the 2019 Auction of Junior Livestock Champions roared as the Grand Champion Steer sold for an all-time record of $150,000. The top eight champion animals tallied generous sales of $480,000. The Grand Champion Hog sold for $70,000, and the Reserve Grand Champion Steer sold for an impressive $90,000. The money … Read More

Prospecting for the Future

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In 2017, Lilly Skiles showed her steer “Grey Dog” in the Prospect Steer Show and won 5th Overall. Last night, Skiles entered the Beef Palace Auction Arena with the same steer but with the title of Grand Champion Junior Market Steer and sold him for a National Western record of $140,000. The Prospect Steer Show is more than just an … Read More

Buffalo vs. Bison: What’s the Difference?

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Have you ever wondered what the difference is between buffalo and bison? They’re actually the same thing! Bison (Bison Bison) is the American Bison or more commonly known as the American Buffalo. Billy Joe Dilley, a long-time 30-year expert of the bison program at the National Western has seen many buffalo come through the yards and knows their attitude better than … Read More

Sheep On A Saturday On The Hill

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With the last weekend of the 2018 National Western Stock Show upon us, the Junior Breeding Sheep and Open Wool Show was an event attended by many exhibitors and guests.  The show began with two divisions of showmanship including nearly 50 entries. In the Breeding Sheep Show, approximately 300 junior and open breeding sheep were shown.  “Numbers are up. This is … Read More

The 2018 National Western Stock Show Grand Champion Steer Sets New Records

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For Immediate Release: January 19, 2018               Contact: Karen Woods, kwoods@nationalwestern.com, 303-299-5522 Denver, Colo. –The standing room only crowd at the 2018 Auction of the Junior Livestock Champions roared as the Grand Champion Steer sold for a record high $140,000, an increase of $5,000 over last year.  The top eight champion animals tallied generous sales of $434,000. … Read More

Twenty Years in the Making

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Wednesday night wasn’t just a big night for the Rodgers and Lackey family who won Grand and Reserve Grand Champion Junior Market Swine, respectively. In the background, another family was experiencing overwhelming emotions. That family is the Heimer’s, led by Jesse Heimer of Heimer Hampshires based in Taylor, Missouri, who raised both champion pigs, and began this tradition of winning … Read More

An Insiders Perspective

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Joe Epperly studies the exhibitors in the first class of the Junior Market Steer Show and pulls calves to be placed. The kicker: he’s not the judge.  Epperly is the chosen ring manager of today’s steer show. His job is to coordinate between the three actual judges and the livestock coordinator for tallying scores. He also makes sure that the judges get … Read More

So You Think you’re a Cattle Breed Expert?

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They’re not miniature, they’re mainly black, and naturally polled. Can you guess which breed of cattle I’m describing?  According to the American Aberdeen website, the Lowline breed originated from Australia in 1929 and were developed from the Angus breed. There was a study conducted at the Trangie Agriculture Research Center in Australia to determine whether a smaller or larger animal … Read More