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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Important Dates!

Junior Market: (Closed 2024)

  • Swine Draw: June 1 - July 1 (Closed 2024)
    • Extra Swine DNA:  July 1- August (Closed 2024)
    • DNA Postmarked by November 1 
  • Junior Market Goat, Lamb and Steer DNA: September 1 - October 1 (Closed 2024)
    • DNA Postmarked by November 1
  • Junior Market Entry Deadline: November 1 (Closed 2024)
  • Catch-A-Calf: November 1 - January 2

Cattle: (Closed 2024)

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

Sheep: (Closed 2024)

  • Open Breeding Sheep: October 1 - December 15
  • Junior Ewe Lambs: October 1 - December 15

Goat: (Closed 2024)

  • Open Boer Goats: October 1 - December 15
  • Junior Wether Does: October 1 - November 20

Specialty: (Closed 2024)

  • Wool Show: September 1 - December 15
  • Llama Show: October 1 - December 15
  • Alpaca Show: October 1 - December 15
  • Stock Dogs: October 1 - December 15
  • Poultry: Cancelled- Due to Avian Flu

Judging Contest: (Closed 2024)

  • Collegiate Livestock Contest: October 1 - December 20
  • Collegiate/4-H/FFA Wool Judging Contest: October 1 - December 20
2023 Show Results
Stock Show Hotel Deals

If you have questions, please contact:

Jennifer Boka
Director of Livestock Operations
[email protected]

Alyssa Cure
Livestock Operations Assistant
[email protected]

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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