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.
For Immediate Release: January 19, 2018
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Denver, Colo. –The standing room only crowd at the 2018 Auction of the Junior Livestock Champions roared as the Grand Champion Steer sold for a record high $140,000, an increase of $5,000 over last year. The top eight champion animals tallied generous sales of $434,000. The Reserve Grand Champion Hog sold for a record-breaking $40,000, exceeding last year’s bid of $38,000. The Reserve Grand Champion Goat sold for an astonishing $31,000, more than doubling last year’s sale of $15,000.
The money invested supports the junior exhibitors that raised the animal as they plan for their agricultural future and college educations. In addition, a portion of the proceeds support the National Western Scholarship Trust. The Scholarship Trust funds scholarships in agriculture studies and rural medicine at colleges throughout Colorado and Wyoming. This year, 100 students received funds to aid their education. For more information regarding the Scholarship Trust please visit http://www.nationalwestern.com/educational-support/ .
The top six Junior Livestock animals were auctioned off live on 9News at 6:30pm.
Four of the top eight champion animal set new records and the results are listed below:
The National Anthem has been sang, the bagpipes are played loudly in Stadium arena, and cattle in place. Highland show day at the National Western Stock Show is finally here.
The Highland Show has been taking place at the NWSS for 30 years. With average of numbers of entries from 130 to 160, this year, approximately 130 Highland Cattle will be shown. In fact, the Highland association will award a special family a prestigious award for their involvement and participation at the NWSS Highland Show throughout the years.
With strong ties back to their roots in Scotland, Highlands are becoming a big spectacle all across the United States. With cattle in the majority of the states, Highlands thrive in all types of environments and climates, even in the southern states with moderately warm winters.
As well as keeping their heritage alive at the National Western, the Denver and District Pipe Band proudly pipes off songs in Stadium Arena before the show begins and before the champion female selection.
According to the Denver and District Pipe band website, they are a community based group of bagpipers, drummers, and dancers throughout the front range of Colorado. Sharing the same lifestyle as the cattle, guests and showmen alike, look forward to hearing the bag pipes every year.
Don't let this breed's shaggy hair and unruly horns turn you away. Highlands are on the uprising and will have a spot in Stadium Arena for the next 30 years to come.