Rick and I got a chance recently to attend the National Western Stock Show and Sale in Denver, Colorado. It is the largest stock show in North America and something we've always wanted to visit. It was a great opportunity to catch up with our friends in the cattle business, meet new people and of course, see lots of really outstanding Lowline Angus cattle. Denver has the best of the best so it was really interesting to see all the different genetics on display.
The National Western is not only one of the largest shows in the country, it is one of the oldest. It is held "in the yards" the original stockyards built in the late 1800's and some of them don't look like they have been updated since. Lots of great history, not so much on the amenities, but showing cattle isn't for sissies.
If you have never attended a cattle show, or any livestock show for that matter, you should. It will give you a whole new appreciation of the tremendous amount of work it takes to raise and show award winning cattle. While we don't show our cattle - they need to stay home in the pasture and produce excellent beef - our breeding stock come from champion bloodlines. One of our herd bulls, Ox was sired by Opinionated who was the Grand Champion Bull at the Denver show in 2010. The judging criteria used in the show ring translates to beef production in the herd, so quality bloodlines are important for our grass fed beef production.
Showing cattle is a lot of work and takes a lot of time. You can read all about the process, and see lots more pictures from our trip here on our "friends and family" website.