This year at the National Western Stock Show, the American Highland Cattle Association held the 32nd Annual National Highland Show. However, the success of this event certainly didn't come without humble beginnings.
When the National Highland Show first came to the NWSS the show was held in the Stockyards. After being in the yards for a few years, Highlands were moved to the barn - literally. The first show on the hill for the National Highland Show happened in the barn, between the stalls.
"All breeds want to be on the hill, Highlands included," said Ginnah Moses, AHCA Operations Manager. "We all have to start somewhere and that was a great stepping stone to getting Highlands on the hill."
Over the years, Highland cattle have seen tremendous growth. From their beginning in the Stockyards to showing in Stadium Arena, Highland cattle have been making their climb up the hill here at NWSS.
The growth of the breed is especially evident in the results of their sale. Their sale average has climbed each year here at the stock show.
"We have had an especially strong sale the last several years," Moses said.
Moses attributes this success to the enthusiastic, progressive-minded chairs of the event. Additionally, the auctioneer for the sale is an international auctioneering champion. Moses also believes sales across the country have aided in the success of the sale at the NWSS.
"We're seeing a real boom in the southeast," Moses said. "We have a very active group of breeders down there who started a sale."
The north central region also holds a sale each year. Moses feels the good sales and shows members put on throughout the year give a real boost to the success at the NWSS.
The "Grand Ole Breed" has seen tremendous growth and even has members in each of the 50 states. The association looks forward to continued growth here at the NWSS as well.