Being Apart of Something Bigger

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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 … Read More

A Lifetime of Passion

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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 … Read More

A Breed Known for its Meat

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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.   … Read More

The Many Hats of Dr. Aaron Cooper

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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 … Read More

Perspectives from Around the Ring

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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 … Read More

A Dedicated Life to the National Western

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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 … Read More

Breaking Records in the Lamb Barn

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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 … Read More

Charolais Kick Off Denver with Pen Shows

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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 … Read More

A Sunny Saturday In The Yards

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​The sun is shinning at yet another booming day in The Yards at the 2018 National Western Stock Show.  Today in The Yards was the Angus Carload and Pen Show, Herd Sire Display and the Charolais Pen Show. “The numbers are up,” said Kyle Mortensen, Yards Manager of the National Western Stock Show. After thirty-one consecutive National Western Stock Shows, … Read More