When people think about show cattle, it can be assumed that imagery of adhesives, show halters and a fancy dressed showman enter their mind. Yet, some may say the true hidden gem is back in the yards at the Pen and Carload Show.
The National Western Angus Pen Show is where bulls and heifers are shown in groups of three, also known as pens, and evaluated by a panel of judges. This gives Angus breeders the opportunity to showcase the consistency and depth of their operation’s genetics, and a way to market their cattle to a broad range of potential customers. Additionally, breeders enter 10 bulls as a “carload” in the Angus Carload show in order to highlight the best their operation has to offer. Most of the breeders use this opportunity to promote bulls that are up for sale, as well as the success and progression of the breed.
“There are a few Angus breeders with a lot of history in the pen and carload show. Many come here to showcase the practicality of their genetic lines.” says Cade Hibdon, a Kansas State University student and livestock judging alumni.
The Angus Pen and Carload Show may not be under the bright show ring lights, but the history and breeders behind the cattle in the yards make it one of a kind.