Livestock Exhibitors

January 8-23, 2022

It only happens in Denver!

The Super Bowl of livestock shows is extremely excited to welcome back our exhibitors January 8-23, 2022! The livestock shows in Denver have been the backbone of the National Western Stock Show since its inception in 1906. Whether it’s a snowy walk through the Yards or a view from the infamous green seats in Stadium Arena, the NWSS embodies tradition.

We are proud to serve the livestock and agricultural communities and look forward to elevating the exhibitor experience in January of 2022.

Covid Policy: Currently, NWSS does not have restrictions or requirements in regards to COVID-19 protocols. Masks and vaccinations are welcome, but are not required.

Late Entry Deadline for Open/Junior/Yards Cattle: December 1
Jr. Breeding Heifer Ownership Deadline: December 1

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Entry Deadlines

Deadlines for the 2022 show will be here before you know it!

Swine Draw: August 1
Junior Market DNA Orders Close: October 25
Junior Market: November 1
Junior Wether Does: November 1

Open/Junior Breeding Cattle: November 20
Yards - Pen/Carload Cattle: November 20

Late Entry Open/Junior/Yards Cattle: December 10 *Late fees waived
Jr. Breeding Heifer Ownership Deadline: December 1

Wool Show: December 10

Catch-A-Calf: December 15
Llama Show: December 15
Stock Dogs: December 15
Poultry: December 15

Open Breeding Sheep & Junior Ewe Lambs: December 20
Junior Ewe Lambs: December 20
Open Boer Goats: December 20
Alpaca: December 20
Open Prospect Steers & Heifers: December 20
Sheep Lead: December 30

Online EntriesOpen October 1

If you have questions, please contact Clancy Anderson, Livestock Coordinator at, or call 303-299-5559. 

They come from Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska, and Wyoming to compete in the National Western Stock Show’s longest-running program of practical beef cattle management. In just over 80 years, the Catch-A-Calf Contest has awarded nearly 3,000 steers to 4-H members hailing from the western United States.
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Judging Contests
The NWSS livestock, wool and meats judging contests are coveted elements to the Best 16 Days in January. For generations, our judging contests have propelled hundreds if not thousands of people into success and careers in agriculture.
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Premier Exhibitor Contest

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The livestock Premier Exhibitor competition is a unique educational opportunity provided to all sale qualifying junior market livestock exhibitors.

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Specialty Shows
Hosting over 25 different breeds of cattle and more than 12,000 head of livestock moving in and out of the gates each year, visitors can watch traditional competitions including breeding, market, and showmanship, or those primarily aimed for recreation or companionship (llamas, alpacas, poultry, and stock dogs). Viewing these events is all part of the Stock Show experience and can be done with a grounds admission ticket!
Junior Market Shows
Known for the infamous Grand Drives on the green carpet in historic Stadium Arena, NWSS is home to some of the most elite junior market shows in the country. Between junior market goats, sheep, hogs and steers we welcome more than 1300 head of 4-H/FFA livestock in and out of our gates every January. Our Auction of Junior Livestock Champions wraps things up on the final Friday of show, grossing over $1 million dollars in recent years.
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Auction of Junior Livestock Champions

Of the thousands of junior market animals that compete at the National Western Stock Show each year, only 96 of the very best qualify for the exciting Auction of Junior Livestock Champions. The auction is the final marketplace for the ribbon-winning steers, lambs, hogs, and goats that were raised by 4-H and FFA junior market exhibitors. Denver’s 9NEWS televises the live auction of the Grand Champion and Reserve Grand Champion animals where the winning bids have reached as high as $150,000!

The Junior Livestock Auction continues to encourage today’s youth to seek a future in agriculture and to further their education. A majority of the winning bid price goes directly to the Junior Exhibitor and 10% is donated to support the National Western Scholarship Trust.

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