Keeping Scottish Tradition Alive at the National Western

In Livestock Shows, NWSS Livestock Blog by Clancy Anderson

The National Anthem has been sang, the bagpipes are played loudly in Stadium arena, and cattle in place. Highland show day at the National Western Stock Show is finally here. 

The Highland Show has been taking place at the NWSS for 30 years. With average of numbers of entries from 130 to 160, this year, approximately 130 Highland Cattle will be shown. In fact, the Highland association will award a special family a prestigious award for their involvement and participation at the NWSS Highland Show throughout the years. 

With strong ties back to their roots in Scotland, Highlands are becoming a big spectacle all across the United States. With cattle in the majority of the states, Highlands thrive in all types of environments and climates, even in the southern states with moderately warm winters. 

As well as keeping their heritage alive at the National Western, the Denver and District Pipe Band proudly pipes off songs in Stadium Arena before the show begins and before the champion female selection. 

According to the Denver and District Pipe band website, they are a community based group of bagpipers, drummers, and dancers throughout the front range of Colorado. Sharing the same lifestyle as the cattle, guests and showmen alike, look forward to hearing the bag pipes every year. 

Don’t let this breed’s shaggy hair and unruly horns turn you away. Highlands are on the uprising and will have a spot in Stadium Arena for the next 30 years to come.