The National Western not only pulls exhibitors from all corners of the United States, but also from across international borders.
Daines Cattle/O’Neill Livestock, from Red Deer, Alberta in Canada, has been making the 19-hour drive to show at the National Western consistently for more than 10 years. They are back this year to show their Charlois bulls in the yard’s pen show.
According to Kyle O’Neill, crossing the international border with cattle requires local veterinarians to provide health papers and conduct health tests in advance. In addition, the bulls are tattooed and inspected by USDA veterinarians at the border.
The National Western is the only show Daines Cattle/O’Neill Livestock attends in the U.S. O’Neill said some benefits of coming to the National Western are getting to interact with people in such a unique place as the yards and the great weather – a nice change from below zero temperatures in Canada.
“We sell bulls to pay the bills, and you get to display the bulls,” O’Neill said. “Getting your cattle in front of everybody and the exposure – that’s the real reason why we’re here.”