As the events of the Aberdeen breed come to a close at the National Western Stock Show, take a glimpse into the the events with the images below.
The future is bright for four-year-old Ella Weldon. Ella has set the bar high by exhibiting her first show animal, a Miniature Hereford Steer, which she calls “Big Mac” at the National Western Stock Show.
Ella likes the Miniature Herefords because they are her size, but as she gets older she is looking forward to showing Angus cattle.
The photos say it all. Here is a look into Ella’s first National Western Stock Show.
Walking into the Junior Barn during the Breeding Wool Breeds Sheep Show is a very interesting experience. There is a lot of diversity in the types of sheep in the barn.
From coloring to wool textures, each of the breeds have various uses and benefits to using their wool. These breeds include Columbia, Corriedale, Merino, and Rambouilliette.
Wool is a widely used product throughout the world – from clothing like socks and sweaters to blankets and carpet.
According to the Purdue Animal Science website, the benefits of wool include wrinkle and flame resistant, durability, and moisture repellant.
Gathering wool is a painless process for the sheep. Skilled producers will use shears to separate the hair from the skin. The fleece will be cleaned and processed to make a final product. The sheep will grow another coat and the same process will happen each year.
It is Bison show day in the yards! A show day for the Bison includes them being evaluated by a group of three judges who rank the animals according to their ideal Bison characteristics.
The Bison are divided up into age classes and ranked based on their structure, width and their head placement.
Bison are similar to cattle as they are raised for both breeding, as well as for market purposes.
Individuals who are involved in the Bison industry are called buffaleros.
“Bison meat is really good for you and tastes amazing,” said buffalero Clara Chaffinn
Chaffin has been involved with the Bison show at the stockyards as a buffalero for the past five years.
During the National Western the buffalero’s also host a question and answer class for individuals to come learn more about the Bison industry.
The Bison will be at the National Western Stock Show through the 26th. For more information about Bison visit: https://bisoncentral.com/.