NWSS competitors represent the West
Every year, producers across the nation look forward to the National Western Stock Show (NWSS), a 16-day event deemed the Super Bowl of livestock shows, held in Denver and boasting more than 12,000 head of livestock.
The NWSS Herd Sire Display Bull Weekend, a four-day event displaying over 200 pens of registered purebred and club calf herd sire bulls, is a one-of-a-kind showcase offering marketing opportunities to a unique niche of the cattle industry and a huge attraction for cattlemen and women from around the world.
This year, several seedstock producers from Western states made a competitive showing at the elite event.
Black and Red Angus champions
Flesch Angus of Shelby, Mont. had a successful day, winning both the Champion Black Angus Early Calf Pen of Three and the Grand Champion Black Angus Pen of Three Heifers. Fellow Shelby, Mont. producer Bobcat Angus brought home honors for Reserve Champion Black Angus Late Calf Pen of Three.
Krebs Ranch of Gordon, Neb. earned the prestigious title of Grand Champion Pen of Three Black Angus Bulls.
In the Red Angus Pen Show, J6 Farms of Gibbon, Neb. exhibited the Reserve Champion Pen of Three Bulls.
During the NWSS Hereford Pen Show, 14 producers represented the states of Wyoming, Utah, Colorado, Nebraska, Montana and New Mexico.
KM Cattle of Ravenna, Neb. brought home honors for the Reserve Champion Pen of Spring Bull Calves, while Colyer Herefords of Bruneau, Idaho received the title of Champion Pen of Junior Bull Calves, and Coyote Ridge Ranch of LaSalle, Colo. followed behind with the Reserve Champion Pen of Junior Bull Calves.
Colorado State University (CSU), located in Fort Collins, Colo., exhibited the Champion Pen of Yearling Bulls, and Colyer Herefords exhibited the Grand Champion Pen of Three Bulls.
In the female contest, Hoffman Ranch of Thedford, Neb. had the Champion Pen of Spring Heifer Calves, Bill King Ranch of Moriarty, N.M. had the Champion Pen of Junior Heifer Calves and CSU had the Champion Pen of Spring Yearling Heifers.
Bill King Ranch took home honors for the Grand Champion Pen of Heifers, and Hoffman Ranch received recognition for the Reserve Champion Pen of Heifers.
Gelbvieh-Balancer, Maine-Anjou, Limousin
Colorado seedstock producers swept the Gelbvieh-Balancer and Main-Anjou Pen Show.
Brandon McEndaffer of Sterling, Colo. was awarded Reserve Champion Pen of Three Balancer Heifers, and Mark Crane of Pritchett, Colo. was awarded Reserve Champion Pen of Three Balancer Bulls.
Crane also exhibited the Champion Pen of Five Balancer Bulls.
In the Maine-Anjou show, Taylor Dorsey of Eaton, Colo. had the Champion Pen of Three Maine-Anjou Bulls, and Mark Beauprez of Byers, Colo. had the Reserve Champion Pen of Three Maine-Anjou Bulls.
Additionally, Kouri Cattle Company of Deaver brought home the title of Reserve Champion Pen of Three Mainetainer Bulls.
Ochsner Limousin of Kersey, Colo. made a competitive showing in the Lim-Flex Pen Show. The ranch brought home honors for the Champion Pen of Three Lim-Flex Bulls and received the People’s Choice Award Champion Lim-Flex Pen.
Nebraska producers took their turn stealing the show during the Simmental Pen Show.
The Genetics Plus Group of Tecumseh, Neb. exhibited the Champion Pen of Three Purebred Bulls, while Brenda and Jock Beeson of Crawford, Neb. exhibited the Reserve Champion Pen of Three Purebred Females.
In the Simmental Percentage division, James Felt of Wakefield, Neb. had the Champion Pen of Five Percentage Bulls, Brenda and Jock Beeson had the Reserve Champion Pen of Five Percentage Bulls, and Kearns Cattle Company of Rushville, Neb. had the Champion Pen of Three Percentage Females.
Hannah Bugas is the managing editor for the Wyoming Livestock Roundup. Send comments on this article to firstname.lastname@example.org.