Catch-A-Calf Program

One of National Western’s Most Loved Traditions
     They 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 80 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.
Catch-A-Calf contests in the Coliseum were held during the rodeo on Friday, January 12, 2018 (matinee performance), Saturday, January 13, 2018 (matinee performance) and Sunday, January 14, 2018 (matinee & evening performances).
Listen to a radio bit about Catch-A-Calf here.


Contact Us

Record Books & Letters
Molly Keil
9 Twin Lakes Lane
Buffalo, WY 82834
Phone: (970) 222-1728
E-mail: nwsscac@gmail.com

Livestock & CAC Manual:
Amy Kelley
PO Box 517
Fort Morgan, CO 80701
Phone: (970) 542-3545
Email: Amy.Kelley@colostate.edu

National Western Stock Show Staff:
Clancy Anderson
Email: canderson@nationalwestern.com

Erin Dorsey
Email: edorsey@nationalwestern.com

4655 Humboldt Street
Denver, CO 80216
Phone: 303-299-5559

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