Download the 2013 Catch-A-Calf Application
come from Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska and Wyoming to compete in National
Western Stock Show's longest running program of practical beef cattle
management. In just over 70 years, the Catch-A-Calf Contest has awarded
nearly 3,000 steers to 4-H members hailing from the western United States.
The program began in 1935 when 10 boys caught 10 sponsored calves. The
contest quickly caught on, and the program grew to include 52 calves by
1942. Soon after World War II, the program settled at 40 calves per year,
which is where the number continues to stand today.
The program is designed so successful participants catch a calf, feed it, and return with the animal one year later as a market steer. The market animals are judged on rate of gain, quality of fitting, and carcass quality. The exhibitor is judged on showmanship, their record book, and a personal interview.
The 2013 Catch-A-Calf schedule includes the placing of the 2012 calves in the Stadium Arena on January 13, 2013 at 10 a.m.
Catch-A-Calf contests in the Coliseum are held Saturday January 19, 2013 during the morning and matinee rodeo performances and Sunday, January 20 during the matinee and evening rodeo performances.