National Western Stock Show prepares for 105th year

Dec 17, 2010
by WLJ

The 2011 National Western Stock Show (NWSS) is making preparations for its 105th annual run, set for Jan. 8-23, 2011, at the historic Denver Stockyards. This year’s show promises a wide variety of activities that will appeal to everyone. The competition in 2011 promises to be tough for all competitors, from livestock exhibitors to the par ticipants at the rodeo events.

According to Livestock and Yards Manager Marshall Ernst, the livestock entries this year are steady with 2010, and perhaps even higher.

He said that some schedule changes have been made to accommodate the big numbers of livestock at this year’s show.

“We are expecting entries to be a little stronger than last year and we’re still tallying some of the entries,” said Ernst. “We’ve had to move some livestock shows to the back-half of the event just to make sure we can get them all in. It’s becoming a challenge to get all the events in.”

Ernsts said that some schedule changes, including moving the Limousin show to the first day of the event and shifting the herd sire event to a two-day program, have helped to accommodate the participants. In addition, the Hereford breeders are going to have one additional day on the Hill, according to Ernst.

Ernst said there are 23 sales scheduled at this year’s NWSS 16-day event, and that tally doesn’t include the private sales held off-site, so there are plenty of opportunities for buyers to participate. The opportunities include a chance for buyers unable to travel to Denver.

“This year, we will be working again with Superior Livestock Auction to televise the Bellringer Sale and the Colorado Cattlemen’s event,” said Marshall, who said the added exposure has helped attract large numbers of buyers and sellers alike. In fact, nearly all of the sales during NWSS are available through the Internet, allowing bidders to participate.

See NWSS on page 8