NWSS, Fan Appreciation Day Marks the 2nd Highest Closing Sunday

Feb 1, 2013

The 107th National Western Stock Show (NWSS) wrapped up the annual Colorado tradition with a final Sunday attendance of 39,272, the second highest final day on record, according to NWSS staff. Total attendance for the 16-day event was 628,366.

Along with the record attendance day, the Junior Livestock Auction had a record year raising $610,500 with a percentage of the total going to fund the Scholarship Trust. The Citizen of the West dinner, honoring Dr. John Matsushima, sold out the Events Center arena floor. The Coors Western Art exhibit had a great year and a portion of the proceeds fund the Scholarship Trust. All three of these events will produce enough revenue to fund a projected 75 scholarships throughout Colorado and Wyoming for students studying in the fields of agriculture and rural medicine, NWSS announced in a release.

“We could not produce this grand, historical event without the support of the City of Denver, our sponsors, the livestock and rodeo industry, and the amazing rodeo and stock show fans that support the western traditions the National Western Stock Show represents,” said Paul Andrews, president and CEO.

The Colorado Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) held their mid-winter conferences during NWSS. The conference kicked off Monday, Jan. 21 at the Renaissance Hotel in Denver with CCA, Colorado CattleWomen, and Colorado Cattlemen’s Agricultural Land Trust board meetings to discuss the current and future issues of the industry.

Tuesday was the Cattlemen’s Legislative Round- Up Day, which started with several committee meetings, and then traveled to the Scottish Masonic Lodge for CCA’s Legislative Lunch. Over 50 legislators came to the lunch to show support for agriculture and its vital contribution to America and the world’s economy. After the lunch, the conference moved to the Capitol to hear from CCA’s lobbyist, Danny Williams, about a number of upcoming bills and the effort needed to ensure that rural producers’ interests are represented. Rep. Jerry Sonnenberg, a producer himself, discussed the importance of continually working to make the voice of agriculture heard. Sen. Gail Schwartz and Speaker of the House Mark Ferrandio also spoke about the legislators’ support for the rural population.

CCA gave out several awards, including a memorialized plaque for Carl Beverly “Bev” Bledsoe, who was the longest-serving Speaker of the Colorado House of Representatives and a past CCA president. The plaque was given to his wife, Alice, along with their children and family members to honor his representation of rural Colorado. Jon Schweiger was presented the Brand Inspector of the Year Award to recognize over 30 years of service; and Deputy Sheriff Alvin Schaaf was honored with the Law Officer of the Year Award for his willingness to protect and promote the beef industry.

The 2012 Colorado Cattlemen’s Commercial Producer of the Year Award went to Mike and Julie Livingston of the Livingston Ranch to commemorate their work in educational outreach opportunities with Colorado State University, and their sustainability efforts. The Danciger Tybar Ranch was chosen as CCA’s 2012 Outstanding Seedstock Producer of the Year for their contribution to developing the next step in using technology and modern practices to prevent brisket disease and improve Pulmonary Arterial Pressure evaluation in cattle.

Top eight Junior Livestock Champions go for $278,500

Juniors at NWSS also received some awards, along with some good payouts for their hard work.

The top eight champion animals total sales exceeded last year’s total by $4,500. The highest bids went to the Grand Champion Steer, which sold for $100,000 and the Grand Champion Hog, which sold for $47,500, nearly doubling last year’s bid.

The money invested supports the youth who raised the animal as they plan for their future needs for their college educations. In addition, a portion of the proceeds support the National Western Scholarship Trust, which funds scholarships in agriculture and rural medicine at colleges throughout Colorado and Wyoming. Last year, 74 students received funds to aid their education.

The top eight Jr. Livestock animals were auctioned off live on 9News at 6:30pm. The results of the eight champions are listed below:

• The Grand Champion Steer sold for $100,000 to Emil-Lene’s Sirloin House. The steer was shown by junior exhibitor Shilo Schaake from Westmoreland, KS.

• TransWest Truck and Trailer bought the Reserve Grand Champion Steer for $45,000, shown by Jessica Webster from Runnells, IA.

• The Grand Champion Hog sold for $47,500 to Anadarko Petroleum, nearly doubling last year’s bid.

The junior exhibitor is Claire McCormick, from Canyon, TX. Eighteen thousand dollars was paid for the Reserve Champion Hog by Colorado Business Bank and shown by David Newton, Haskell, TX.

• The Grand Champion Lamb went for $20,000 to David and Leslie Sagge and was shown by Garrett Goodwin of Ponca City, OK. The Reserve Champion Lamb went to Greenberg Traurig, LLC for $17,000. The junior exhibitor is Jessica Burson of Roswell, NM.

• The Grand Champion Goat and the Reserve Grand Champion Goat went to the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce for $20,000 and $11,000. The Grand Champion Goat was shown by Madison Belcher and the Reserve Grand Champion Goat was shown by Hunter Huval. — Traci Eatherton, WLJ Editor