The National Western not only draws exhibitors, but also tens of thousands of spectators daily. 16 members from Montana State University’s Collegiate Stockgrowers Club are also in attendance.
The Collegiate Stockgrowers club was started six years ago as a means to bridge the gap and to help young people to be involved with the Montana Stockgrowers Association.
The club has been coming to Denver since it was established to give its members a chance to network, see some good cattle and learn through some industry tours in the Denver area. The National Western is the only event the club will attend outside of Montana because it provides a variety of unique opportunities.
“You get to see the best breeders from all over the country,” said Zach Berlogar, club president. “Denver is a big city, so there’s a lot for us to see and do. Plus, it’s pretty fun and a good way to meet people and learn more about what’s out there.”
While in Denver, the Collegiate Stockgrowers will visit Five Rivers Feedlot, Empire Dairy, and the National Cattlemen Beef Association’s office. Club members also are impressed with the size and scale of the National Western and enjoy the exposure to great livestock and people that don’t have ties to the show.
“It is cool to see how many different people who come together for an event that’s agriculturally related,” said Garrett Harshburger, a club member. “In Montana, the events don’t have a huge mix of people, and it’s great to see interest from people who aren’t necessarily in agriculture.”