Most shows the breeder has only one bull or heifer to represent their operation, but the pen show allows a deeper look into the consistency of their genetics. The pen show allows breeders the opportunity to not only showcase the numbers behind their programs, but also bring those numbers to life three females to illustrate these genetics. While judges evaluate the heifers in the ring, American Hereford Association Executive Vice President Jack Ward highlights the breeder’s information, sharing their program goals and history.
For some, exhibiting in the pen show is a long-standing family tradition. Those in the ring range from children to seasoned veterans. Showcasing their operation’s proven genetics through three quality females is an experience handed down through generations.
This inside look into a producer’s operation allows spectators to get a true understanding of their herd’s qualities, both phenotypically and genetically. It’s not often that livestock producers are able to be evaluated based on three females rather than one – the pen show is just one more event that makes the National Western Stock Show a special place.