Tradition, legacy and quality best sum up this class of cattle. Can you guess which breed? If you guessed Hereford, you are correct.
This year, the Hereford breed brought nearly 800 cattle to the National Western Stock Show in Denver (numbers provided thanks to American Hereford Association). Hereford association representatives say their breed has been at the National Western since inception
Judge Lance Leachman has been at the stock show for 15 years. In today’s junior breeding polled heifers class, he spoke to the young exhibitors about the importance of asking questions and learning from others. Leachman said gaining knowledge is something many show kids can do.
“Ask as many questions as you have, because there’s a tremendous amount of knowledge that’s out there," Leachman said.
He encouraged exhibitors to surround themselves with other stock show individuals to accumulate knowledge as potentially possible.
“I think that’s a very exciting thing for all of you,” Leachman said.
With the quality of bulls with junior breeding heifers in both of today’s shows, the Hereford breed is expected to continue excellence. The next generation’s outlook is exciting and competitive. And, what’s extremely important to the future is the children showing and revitalizing superior shows. It is the knowledge they gain while they are young that will keep up the impressive quality of cattle.
The Hereford breeding class will have more excitement throughout the week. Friday, January 15 will be the sale of Thursday’s show cattle in the auction show ring. Also, the announcement of the Herdsmen of the Year will be on Saturday, January 16.
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