Perspectives from Around the Ring

In Livestock Shows, NWSS Livestock Blog by Clancy Anderson

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 our numbers by approximately 60 percent this year.”

This is a reflection of the breed and the hard work breeders have completed in recent years, Nelson went on to say.

“Coming to Denver, it really is the superbowl of livestock shows,” Nelson said.” This show helps encourage breeders to get their stock in front of customers. There is no other show that combines this volume of true cattlemen in one place.”

Not only were entries up for the year, the AMAA also had increased attendance and averages at their sale Bright Lights, which took place this past Saturday in the yards.

“During this show, as an association we are able to focus on the breeders and the progression of Maine Anjou and Maintainer genetics,” Nelson said. “The National Western is a high part of our year for the association.”