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Livestock Updats

One of the World's Largest Cattle Shows!

The National Western Stock Show hosts nearly 20 breeds of cattle during its 16-day run.

In addition, the National Western hosts: Prospect Steer and Heifer Shows and the NWSS Commercial Heifer Show.

What is a Livestock Show?

Livestock ShowFour 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 college scholarships.

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