In 2019, the National Western will offer undergraduate students from colleges/universities across the United States the opportunity to serve as the 2019 National Western Livestock Show Media Scholars. Selected scholars will receive a $500 scholarship following the completion of their internship, as well as lodging and some meals.
During the internship, students attend livestock shows and events, write human interest stories, produce video content, manage the NWSS Livestock social media channels and capture around the grounds and show ring candids. Visit the NWSS Livestock Blog to see past intern work.
Week #1 Rotation - Two Interns ($500 scholarship each)
Saturday, January 12 to Wednesday, January 16
Week #2 Rotation – Two interns ($500 scholarship each)
Thursday, January 17 to Monday, January 21
Week #3 Rotation – Two interns ($500 scholarship each)
Wednesday, January 23 to Sunday, January 27
College undergraduates should email their cover letter indicating rotation of preference, resume and two work samples (one writing and one photography) by November 24th to email@example.com.
National Western Livestock Show Media Scholars Program is sponsored by Sullivan Supply, Stock Show U, Purina and Showstring Embroidery.
With over 100 participants, the 2018 NWSS Collegiate Wool Judging Contest was once again a success. Congratulations to all participants & teams!
High Team Overall
High Individual- Grading Rail
If you would like to learn more about or would like to support the National Western Stock Show’s Collegiate Wool Judging Contest, please contact Heather Pearce at (720)254-6289 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
In 2017, Lilly Skiles showed her steer “Grey Dog” in the Prospect Steer Show and won 5th Overall. Last night, Skiles entered the Beef Palace Auction Arena with the same steer but with the title of Grand Champion Junior Market Steer and sold him for a National Western record of $140,000.
The Prospect Steer Show is more than just an entry show for young steers and heifers. It’s a chance to see where your animal stands - in the hopes that it’ll come back the following year to win it all.
National Western’s Prospect Steer and Heifer show is unique in that all the animals are not shown by age or breed, but by weight. Because of that, most of the classes have a lot of color and several animals could qualify for breed shows at any other stock show.
There are three sections to the Prospect Show: Prospect Steer, Prospect Market Heifer, and Prospect Breeding Heifer. According to the National Western Livestock Office, over 675 entries were submitted and close to 500 have shown today.
What’s most intriguing about the National Western Prospect Show is the “circle of life” process that happens. Just last night Skiles was selling her Grand Champion Junior Market Steer at his terminal endpoint. The very next morning, we have the extraordinary opportunity to see animals that are at the very beginning of theirs.
Have you ever wondered what the difference is between buffalo and bison? They’re actually the same thing! Bison (Bison Bison) is the American Bison or more commonly known as the American Buffalo.
Billy Joe Dilley, a long-time 30-year expert of the bison program at the National Western has seen many buffalo come through the yards and knows their attitude better than most.
“They’re a little harder to handle,” Dilley said. “A little flightier, edgier, but not as much as they used to be.”
Brian Mahlandt raises buffalo in Kansas and has a lot of experience handling the one to two ton animals.
“They’re still wild animals. You have to have a lot of respect for them.” Mahlandt said.
Both Dilley and Mahlandt were throwing grass hay to the bison when I met them. Mahlandt commented that if the hay had landed on the back of an Angus they’d just look at it and not move. However, with the bison, just dropping the hay over the fence causes them to run around the pen, a bit panicked.
American bison aren’t the only species that exists. A subspecies, the Wood Bison (Bison bison athabascae), is commonly found in Canada.
The buffalo in the Americas, particularly in Colorado and Montana, have a bigger, more massive head, but they don’t get as framed.
“It’s like a Holstein versus a Hereford, but not as extreme,” Mahlandt said.
According to bisoncentral.com the Gold Trophy Show and Sale (GTSS) is the premier bison auction in the U.S. For over 35 years, bison producers have brought their best bison stock to Denver’s National Western Stock Show to show and sell their animals. The sale features high quality, judged breeding stock as well as top-notch production animals that are sure to perform back at the ranch.
The GTSS also features its popular “market class” auction, in which the public can come and bid on top quality, all-natural bison carcasses to be processed into meat to your specifications.
With the last weekend of the 2018 National Western Stock Show upon us, the Junior Breeding Sheep and Open Wool Show was an event attended by many exhibitors and guests.
The show began with two divisions of showmanship including nearly 50 entries. In the Breeding Sheep Show, approximately 300 junior and open breeding sheep were shown.
"Numbers are up. This is the most entries we've had in almost 11 years," said Erin Dorsey, National Western Stock Show Livestock Coordinator.
With uprise in numbers, one can only imagine what the next year's shows might look like. More competition and stronger numbers, the breeding sheep and wool show is sure to be a the best of the best in the future.