One of the World's Largest Cattle Shows!
The National Western Stock Show hosts nearly 20 breeds of cattle during its
In addition, the National Western hosts: Prospect Steer
and Heifer Shows, Hoof & Rail Fed Beef Contest
and the NWSS Commercial Heifer Show.
What is a Livestock Show?
Four breeds held
court at the first National Western Stock Show in 1906 - Angus, Galloway,
Hereford, and Shorthorn. They were the standards of the day and the foundation
of the American cattle market.
Known for their stocky frames and meat production, these English-bred kings gave
way to a European influx of larger structured, heavier cattle in the 1970s and
early '80s. These newly introduced breeds of cattle took the United States by
storm, leaving their mark on the entire industry. Suddenly, the average size of
a fat steer jumped from 40 inches tall in the 1960s to nearly 60 inches tall in
the late '70s.
As the cattle industry in the United States changed, so did the National Western
Stock Show. In addition to the original four breeds, National Western now hosts
a variety of breeds from around the globe.
Visitors are able to view traditional competition among exhibitors of breeding
animals ultimately used for seedstock in agricultural production (beef cattle,
sheep and goats). National Western also offers competition among exhibitors of
animals used primarily for recreation or companionship (llamas, poultry, rabbits
and dogs). Viewing these events is all part of the Stock Show experience and can
be done with a grounds admission ticket.
Youth involvement is one of the highlights of the livestock shows. Young
exhibitors from across the nation participate in our competitive arenas for
prize monies, national recognition for their achievements and a chance at