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Each year, hundreds of young agriculturists from across the country converge on Denver with their prize stock in tow. These youth between the ages of 9 and 18 spend thousands of hours over a period of months feeding, grooming and preparing their animals to compete in one of the largest youth exhibitions in the nation.  Many of these youths also attend school, participate in 4-H and FFA chapters and compete in a number of other extracurricular activities concurrently.

What is their reward? National Western junior livestock exhibitors have the opportunity to win prize money, trailers, scholarships and awards. Additionally, 90 of the best animals qualify for the Auction of Junior Livestock Champions, where a winning animal could sell for more than $100,000.

The National Western hosts junior market livestock competitions for beef, lambs, swine and goats in the market-ready classifications. There are also competitions for breeding heifers and ewe lambs, as well.

Additional special youth programs include the 4-H Catch-A-Calf, FFA Heifer Wrangle, Premier Exhibitor and Carcass competitions. The llama show, alpacas show, sheep lead competition and wool show also include youth divisions.

The youth programs at the National Western Stock Show not only are a vital part of our success, but also are a large part of the mission put forth in the National Western Charter.

“The National Western Stock Show will not tolerate cheating, tampering or unethical fitting. We stand behind our commitment and obligation to uphold the highest standards of honesty, integrity and fair showmanship.” - Paul Andrews, President & CEO

2014 RULE & REGULATION UPDATES:

  • JUNIOR MARKET SHOW GENERAL
    1. The participant, immediate family (father, mother, brothers and sisters only) in whose name the animal is owned and any junior exhibitor entered in the Junior Market show, will be allowed to help wash, groom and fit the animal after arriving on National Western Stock Show grounds. Participant must be present during any feeding, fitting and processing. Anyone found in violation of this rule may be subject to immediate disqualification without recourse. Family members will be issued wrist bands from the Livestock Office.
    2. All sale animals will be drug tested. All non sale animals are subject to random testing.
    3. Exhibitor must be present for weigh card turn in and check-in/processing.
    4. All Junior Market Beef, Lamb and Goat Exhibitors will need to request a DNA kit (one kit per animal.) You may go to www.nationalwestern.com/livestock and order your DNA kit/s.
  • JUNIOR MARKET BEEF SHOW:
    1. he DNA/ownership/nomination date is September 16, 2013.
    2. The entry deadline is November 1, 2013.
    3. DNA hair sample only!  Please go to our web-site to order your DNA/nomination kit/s. 
    4. Each exhibitor may enter 5 head (steers or heifers) and bring 4 head.
    5. There will now be a Blow‘n Go Showmanship Contest the night before the Junior Market Beef Show.  There will be a separate judge for the Showmanship Show.  This is a part of the Premier Exhibitor Contest.
    6. NEW for the 2014 show: we will be offering breed divisions for the Jr. Market Beef show.  It will take 7 processed to make a breed.  Look to our website at www.nationalwestern.com/livestock  for more details.  The breed classes that we will offer this year are Hereford, Angus, Shorthorn, Charolais, Maine-Anjou, Simmental and Chianina.
  • JUNIOR MARKET SWINE SHOW:
    1. The following rule will be strictly enforced “Water and shampoo only will be permitted in wash rack area”.  No additional compounds of any kind will be allowed.  Also, no glitter on sale pigs and oil only on feet.  Any swine found with additional compounds will be immediately disqualified. (This rule is same as last year)
    2. One bag of shavings will be included with every entry.  Additional shavings must be purchased from the National Western Feed Office.  NO outside shavings will be allowed.
    3. REMINDER!!  The Junior Market Swine Show is a Crossbred and Purebred show with registration papers required by the NSR/NJSA and Team Purebred.  The registration papers MUST be transferred to the Jr. Exhibitor’s name only by December 1!
  • JUNIOR MARKET LAMBS:
    1. The ownership date is November 1, 2013, same as the entry deadline.
    2. Weigh cards will be turn in this year and a 5% weigh back on the top 4-5 in each class. Weight/s will be 105 with no max.
    3. The re-weigh variance will be 5%, not 5 lbs.
    4. The exhibitor may enter up to 5 Lambs but may only bring 4.
    5. DNA hair sample only!  Please go to our web-site to order your DNA kit/s.
  • JUNIOR MARKET GOATS:

    1. The ownership date is November 1, 2013, same as the entry deadline.
    2. Weigh cards will be turn in this year and a 5% weigh back on the top 4-5 in each class.     Weight/s will be 50-125.
    3. The re-weigh variance will be 5%, not 5 lbs.
    4. The exhibitor may enter up to 5 goats but may only bring 4. 
    5. DNA hair sample only!  Please go to our web-site to order your DNA kit/s.

For additional information contact the National Western Livestock Office - edorsey@nationalwestern.com or 303-299-5559.