Being Apart of Something Bigger

In In The Yards, Livestock Shows, NWSS Livestock Blog by Clancy Anderson

The National Western Swine Show would not be possible without the help of many volunteers and organizations who play a role in this great industry.  As being an affiliate show with the National Swine Registry (NSR), there are certain rules exhibitors must follow in order to exhibit at the National Western, one of which is having a valid pedigree for …

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A Lifetime of Passion

In Livestock Shows, NWSS Livestock Blog by Clancy Anderson

Ben Cooley, the judge for the Salers Jr. Breeding Heifer Show, has judged much more than the Salers show.  Cooley judged the Junior South Devon show last week and is also the Superintendent for the collegiate livestock judging contest. His passion for judging comes from growing up in 4-H and FFA programs.  “I went to college and was part of a …

A Breed Known for its Meat

In Livestock Shows, NWSS Livestock Blog by Clancy Anderson

Wagyu cattle have been coming to the National Western Stock Show for seven years and they certainly don’t seem to be slowing down anytime soon.  Wagyu were first introduced to the United States in 1975 when two black and two red bulls were imported from Japan. In the 1990’s, several more imports of Wagyu were entering into the states.   …

The Many Hats of Dr. Aaron Cooper

In Livestock Shows, NWSS Livestock Blog by Clancy Anderson

Judge today, owner of an international cattle-consulting company tomorrow.  These are just a few of the hats Dr. Aaron Cooper wears. Cooper grew up in San Angelo, Texas, on a cow-calf operation and cotton farm. His passion for the livestock industry then lead him to pursue his degree at Texas A&M University where he was apart of the 2004 National …

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Perspectives from Around the Ring

In Livestock Shows, NWSS Livestock Blog by Clancy Anderson

Maine-Anjous are on the hill and in the ring today as exhibitors prepare for the Open and Junior Maine/Maintainer female and bulls shows. During the show, we were able to talk with Blake Nelson, Executive Vice President of the American Maine Anjou Association. “We are definitely growing,” Nelson said. “Both on the hill and in the yards we have increased …

A Dedicated Life to the National Western

In Livestock Shows, NWSS Livestock Blog, who we are by Clancy Anderson

With a wrench in hand and smile on his face, 82- year-old Richie Perry begins another work day at his 63rd National Western Stock Show. Since 1955, Perry has been behind the scenes at the National Western making sure the wheels never stop turning. “I’ve done every job there is on this property,” Perry said. Perry has been attending the …

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Breaking Records in the Lamb Barn

In Livestock Shows, NWSS Livestock Blog by Clancy Anderson

It’s the Junior Market Lambs turn on The Hill this week and boy have they made an entrance. With upwards of 550 head of entries, 50 more than last year, the energy is thick in the lamb barn. Tonight, the Junior Market Lamb Showmen had their turn to shine in the show ring and battle for the title of Grand …

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Charolais Kick Off Denver with Pen Shows

In Livestock Shows, NWSS Livestock Blog by Clancy Anderson

Charolais breeders packed the stands of Stockyard Arena as exhibitors showed off their pen of three females, pen of three bulls, and pen of five bulls. Pen shows kicked off Charolais events for the 2018 National Western. The state of Missouri swept the pen of five bulls show with Grand Champion going to Cody Cattle Company of Braymer, Missouri, and …

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Herefords Take The Yards

In Livestock Shows, NWSS Livestock Blog by Clancy Anderson

302 in The Yards, 565 on The Hill and 867 total, Hereford cattle have left their mark on the National Western Stock Show (NWSS) once again. The Hereford breed has had a long history of success at the NWSS and the traditions continue. Today, Hereford exhibitors gathered down in The Yards for the Hereford Yard Show. The Grand Champion Pen …