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David GazdaDavid Gazda

Association Perspective

A ‘can’t miss’ Angus event!

The National Western Stock Show (NWSS) hosted each January in Denver is recognized as the “Granddaddy of them all” when referenced to other livestock shows in North America, and the 2018 version will mark the 75th anniversary of the Angus breed’s presence at this celebrated event. From the competitive open and junior shows on “The Hill” to the Pen and Carload shows in “The Yards,” the NWSS annually attracts cattlemen from throughout the country and internationally to evaluate some of the Angus breed’s leading genetics.

In addition to the shows, a number of Angus sales take place during the week, including the National Western Angus Bull Sale that has been a long-standing showcase event for the breed. Sponsored by the American Angus Association, this sale annually attracts top herd sire prospects from some of the premier Angus programs throughout the country and is recognized by its many repeat buyers as an affordable source of breed-leading genetics. From calving-ease prospects to those individuals whose progeny will capture Certified Angus Beef® (CAB®) brand premiums on the rail, this sale is a must for those cattlemen looking to elevate their programs to the next level.

To be eligible to consign, all bulls must be enrolled in Angus Herd Improvement Records (AHIR®), have a genomic profile and possess a full suite of expected progeny differences (EPDs), be free of all genetic conditions, be trichomoniasis tested, and meet all health regulations as required by the NWSS. Bulls born before Jan. 1, 2016, must have passed a complete breeding soundness examination. Sale bulls will be exhibited in the Stadium Arena on the Hill, Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017, at 8 a.m. and evaluated by a panel of three cattlemen using a composite judging system to assist in creating a sale order.

Following the completion of the show, those in attendance will be given the opportunity to come into the show arena for close inspection of the bulls and visit with consignors. Following the completion of the open bull show the same day, sale bulls will sell in the Stadium Arena at 5 p.m. in conjunction with the Foundation Heifer Package and fundraiser event.

Consider this your personal invitation to be with us this year as Angus celebrates a century of Angus in the West at the “Granddaddy of them all.” For a sale book and further information, contact David Gazda, sale manager, at 706-296-7846; Sarah Hixson, American Angus Association Events and Education Department, at 816-383-5142; or your regional manager.


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Editor’s Note: Director of Field Services David Gazda also covers Region 2, including the states of Florida, Georgia and South Carolina. Click here to find the regional manager for your state.

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