Livestock Exhibitors

January 11-26, 2025

It only happens in Denver!

The Super Bowl of livestock shows is extremely excited to welcome back our exhibitors for the 119th Show, January 11-26, 2025. 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 the 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 2025.


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2025 Entry & DNA Dates

Junior Market:

  • Swine Draw: June 1 - July 1, 2024
    • Extra Swine DNA:  July 1- August 8, 2024
    • DNA Postmarked by November 1
  • Junior Market Goat, Lamb & Steer DNA: September 1 - October 1, 2024
    • DNA Postmarked by November 1
  • Junior Market Entries:
    • Open: September 1, 2024
    • Close: November 1, 2024
  • Catch-A-Calf: August 15 - November 1, 2024

Cattle: 

  • Open/Junior Breeding Cattle: October 1 - November 20, 2024
    • Jr. Breeding Heifer Ownership Deadline: December 1, 2024
  • Open Prospect Steers & Heifers: October 1 - November 20, 2024
  • Yards - Pen/Carload Cattle: October 1 - November 20, 2024
  • Late Entry Open/Junior/Yards Cattle:  November 21 - December 10, 2024

Sheep:

  • Open Breeding Sheep: October 1 - December 10, 2024
  • Junior Ewe Lambs: October 1 - December 10, 2024

Goat: 

  • Open Boer Goats: October 1 - December 10, 2024
  • Junior Wether Does: October 1 - December 10, 2024

Specialty: 

  • Wool Show: September 1 - December 10, 2024
  • Llama Show: October 1 - December 10, 2024
  • Alpaca Show: October 1 - December 10, 2024
  • Stock Dogs: October 1 - December 10, 2024
  • Poultry: October 1 - December 10, 2024

Judging Contest:

  • Collegiate Livestock Contest: October 1 - December 10, 2024
  • Collegiate/4-H/FFA Wool Judging Contest: October 1 - December 10, 2024
2024 Show Results
Exhibitor Hotel Deals - COMING SOON
Questions?

If you have questions, please contact:

Jennifer Boka
Director of Livestock Operations
[email protected]

2025 Schedule 

2025 Livestock Layover

Catch-A-Calf
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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.

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