Catch-a-Calf Contest

CAC-website-coverphotoThey 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.

Catch-A-Calf contests in the Coliseum are held during the rodeo on Friday, January 13, 2017 (matinee performance), Saturday, January 14, 2017 (matinee performance) and Sunday, January 15, 2017 (matinee & evening performances).

For photos from this years CAC breakfast click here
For photos from select in-rodeo CAC performances click here

2017 Catch-a-Calf Application 

The following are important dates to remember.

Friday, May 6, 2016
NWSS Catch-A-Calf Seminar

Saturday, May 7, 2016
NWSS Catch-A-Calf Breakfast & Pick Up – 7:30 a.m.

November 1, 2016
Entry Deadline – (Forms will be mailed out in Sept.)

December 5, 2016
2017 CAC Application due. Download the application

Friday, January 6, 2017
8 a.m. – CAC steers can begin arriving at and must be in place by 12 p.m.
3 p.m. – Record Book Meeting – Beef Palace Auction Arena

Saturday, January 7, 2017
TBA – Interview Process – Beef Palace Auction Arena

Sunday, January 8, 2017
10 a.m. – CAC Show – Stadium Arena Following the show there will be a photo session and final awards will be presented.

2017 Catch-A-Calf Check-In and Show Schedule:

Begin Arrival  |  Thursday, January 5, 2017 at 12 p.m. – Barn
In Place  |  Friday, January 6, 2017 at 12:00 p.m.
Process  |  Friday, January 6, 2017 at 1 p.m. – Barn
Show  |  Sunday, January 8, 2017 at 10 a.m. – Stadium Arena
(Awards immediately follow show)

Summer 2016 – Catch the Pen

  • Welcome to the NW CAC program
  • Stock Show U and Adams County Fair
  • Colorado State Fair
  • Key to Successful Letter Writing
  • Key people to know
  • Teaching Your Steer to Lead
 Download Summer 2016 Newsletter 

View the CAC Seminar PowerPoint from May 6, 2016 here
View the fill-in-the-blank worksheet from the CAC Seminar on May 6, 2016 here
View the monthly CAC Check List here: May-October or November-January

If you have question regarding your project or filling out your record book please contact one of the following below.

Download the record book (excel file)
Download the Market Beef Evaluator (excel file)

View the judges score sheet

 Record Books & Letters:
Molly Keil
9 Twin Lakes Lane
Buffalo, WY 82834
Phone: 970-222-1728
 Livestock & CAC Manual:
Amy Kelley
PO Box 395
Cheyenne Wells, CO 80810
Phone: 719-767-5716
National Western Stock Show:
Erin Dorsey & Clancy Anderson
4655 Humboldt Street
Denver, CO 80216
Phone: 303-299-5559
Winners/Participants Participant Sponsors
Porsha Binning – McDonald, KS Mike & Eva Pugh – Byers, CO
Tach Brewer – Ordway, CO Ms. Sue Anschutz Rogers – Anschutz Family Foundation
Reid Graves – Ft. Lupton, CO
Callie Clingman – Laramie, WY Jim Kremers – Wyoming Elks Past Presidents
Christian Calliham – Colby, KS John & Sally Corkle – Broomfield, CO
Teema McIntosh – Ft. Collins, CO
McKinzey Camphouse – Evanston, WY David Dey – Evergreen Elks #2363
Don Treese – Central City Elks #557
Kristin Clause – Bayard, NE Bud & Jo Adams – Scottsdale, AZ
Michael Comstock – Harrison, NE Jay & Kaye Anderstrom – Anderstrom Farms
Sharon Drummond – Bennett, CO Dr. John Matsushima – Ft. Collins, CO
Chip Meston – 15 Mile Ranch, LLC.
Michaela Fleming – Glenrock, WY Dick & Sharon Lynch – Denver, CO
Don & Cindy Fredriksen – Golden, CO
Kemsley Gallegos – Laramie, WY Bill Waneka – Wyoming Cowboy Club Calf
Daisy Hawkins – Atwood, KS John Brown – Wilcoxon & Brown
John Head – Pueblo, CO Ron Carpenter – Colorado Elks Association
Kenny Burns – Colorado Elks Association
Wade Hofmeister – Ft. Morgan, CO Ms. Leslie Baldwin – Boettcher Foundation
Kent Dawkins – Van Schaack Land Company
Natelee Huyser – Evansville, WY Loren Eckles – Idaho Springs Elks
Jeannette Rogers – Golden Elks Lodge #2740
Drake Kiefer – Brighton, CO Charles, Lois & Bill Waneka – Waneka Family
Dylan Mortensen – Keenesburg, CO Peyton Huss – Westminister, CO
Adam Ginther Family – Brighton, CO
Riggen Myers – Baggs, WY Pat & Kathy Shaw – Cherry Hills Village, CO
Tom McKibbon – Colorado Elks Assn
Kristina Nelson – Cody, WY Rob Deline – Monaghan Farms, Inc.
Sophia Niccoli – Joes, CO Barb Hamblin – Xcel Energy
Bruce Schnieder – G.H. Phipps Construction Co.
Allie Powell – Bennett, CO Dr. Ray Ross – Colorado Springs Elks Lodge #309
Lilly Rippe – Ludell, KS Susie Wollert – NWSS Volunteers
Keven & Sandi Turecek – Stacked Lazy 3 Ranch
Colby Stockton – Cheyenne, WY Jeff Vogel – Vogel & Associates / Rahaw Ranch
Jim Curtis – The Village Roaster / Kiwanis Club of Lakewood
Daryl Christensen – Waddell & Reed Inc.
Kallie Stovall – Ordway, CO Bruce Smart – Colorado Elks Association
Rex Emmons – Colorado Elks Association
Andrea Vandever-Moore – McPherson, KS Caleb Ring – Ring Family
Kent Vance – Colorado Elks Association
Zoe Wallerstedt – Elbert, CO Ben Duke – The Denver Ag & Livestock Club
Jessi Winter – Riley, KS David Webster – Spring, TX
Wyatt Wollert – Wiley, CO Scott Johnson – Flying Diamond Ranch
Kaitlyn Wolters – Atwood, KS Tom Kostelecky – Littleton, CO

Additional Contributing Sponsors

Don Norgren – Platteville, CO
Tim Roberts – Broken Box Ranch
Drs. Mike & Lori Scott – North Denver Animal Clinic
Stock Show U/Sullivan Supply

Contact Us

Record Books & Letters
Molly Keil
9 Twin Lakes Lane
Buffalo, WY 82834
Phone: (970) 222-1728

Livestock & CAC Manual:
Amy Kelley
PO Box 395
Cheyenne Wells, CO 80810
Phone: (719) 767-5716

National Western Stock Show
Clancy Anderson

Erin Dorsey

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