2017 NWSS Catch-A-Calf Final Results Released
Story By: MyKayla Krentz, Paw Pals 4-H club member
A freshman at Wiley High School and Paw Pals 4-H club member, Wyatt Wollert, competed in the 2017 National Western Stock Show Catch-A-Calf program. This program was open to 4-H members ages twelve through nineteen. Continue reading
The Colorado Independent CattleGrowers Association (CICA) is now accepting applications for a Summer Intern. This program is open to all who are 18 and over and are a graduating high school senior or current college student. Applications can be found on the CICA website www.coloica.com . The deadline for all applications is April 21, 2017. Continue reading
National Western Scholarship Trust Awards $500,000 to Agriculture Students
CORRECTED – The National Western Scholarship Trust is excited to announce a $100,000 annual increase to its scholarship fund, expanding the value to $500,000 and more than 100 recipients studying throughout Colorado and Wyoming.
Four major National Western Stock Show events contribute to the trust each year. These events include the Coors Western Art Exhibit & Sale, the Citizen of the West dinner, the Auction of Junior Livestock Champions and the Boots ‘n Business luncheon.
“Through the dedication and hard work of our Board, committees, staff and volunteers at the National Western Stock Show as well as the supporters of our event, we are able to provide even greater impact to students studying agriculture throughout the region,” said Paul Andrews, President and CEO of the National Western Stock Show. “This is a great day for educating more youth in area colleges and as we continue to grow in the future, we plan to increase the scholarship support even more.” Continue reading
Greeley, CO – January 23, 2017 – Once again this year, Brian Allmer of The BARN will be the emcee for BEEF DAY @ the 2017 CO Farm Show on January 24th from 9 am – 3:15 pm in Events Center Room A at Island Grove Regional Park in Greeley.
2017 CO Farm Show Beef Day presentations include: Continue reading
Colorado Farm Show 2017 Scholarships
(The BARN – Briggsdale, CO) December 21, 2016 – Since 1965, the CO Farm Show has been a long-standing agriculture tradition in the state.The annual three-day event will take place on Jan 24-25-26 at Island Grove Regional Park in Greeley, CO and it features almost 350 ag-related exhibits and draws more than 30,000 visitors from throughout the region interested in learning more about ag products, services, and machinery. And volunteers with a love for agriculture make it happen. Not only that but the CO Farm Show also GIVES BACK by way of scholarships…in fact counting this year’s awards…the Colorado Farm Show, will have awarded $186,000 in scholarships to Colorado’s graduating High School Seniors that pursuing careers in an Agricultural field of study.
Joining the CO Ag News Network to announce the 2017 CO Farm Show Scholarship recipients is Erich Ehrlich, Chairman of the Marketing Committee…
ORIGINAL PRESS RELEASE
The Colorado Farm Show will award eight graduating high school seniors and two college students a total of $23,000 to help with their higher education goals. Six $2,000 Chuck Urano Memorial Scholarships, two $4,000 renewable Colorado Farm Show Scholarships, two $1,500 Colorado Farm Show Secondary Scholarships will be awarded on Wednesday, January 25, 2017 at a banquet held in the recipient’s honor at the Events Center at Island Grove Regional Park in Greeley CO. This brings the total scholarship dollars awarded by the Colorado Farm Show to Colorado young adults pursuing careers in Agriculture to $186,000.
Chuck Urano Memorial Scholarship Winner’s Continue reading
Western Spirit Alive at the 111th National Western Stock Show – Final Sunday Sets Attendance Record
Denver, CO. – The 2017 National Western Stock Show finished strong with the third highest overall attendance in Stock Show history at 684,580 visitors. The largest Stock Show attendance was in 2006 for the 100th Anniversary with 726,972 guests. The 2017 show reported a record closing Sunday with 42,661 fans enjoying Guest Appreciation Day. “We are thrilled with the number of guests that came out to help us celebrate,” said Paul Andrews, President & CEO of the National Western Stock Show. “These numbers are tremendous. Any time we see more than 650,000 people in 16 days, we are ecstatic.” Continue reading
Junior Livestock Auction Top Eight Animals Set All-Time Record of $442,500!
Denver, Colo. –The 2017 Auction of the Junior Livestock Champions sets a Stock Show record with the top eight champion animals posting total sales of $442,500. The standing room only crowd hollered as the Grand Champion Steer set a record selling for $135,000. The auction started with a bang when the Reserve Grand Champion Lamb sold for $34,000, exceeding last year’s bid by $6,000. The Reserve Grand Champion Steer sold for a record-breaking $107,500, exceeding last year’s bid of $70,000.
The money invested supports the junior exhibitors that raised the animal as they plan for their agricultural future and 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. This year 80 students received funds to aid their education.
The top six Junior Livestock animals were auctioned off live on 9News at 6:30pm.
The top eight champion animals were shown by an all-girls cast and the results are listed below: Continue reading
Angus Foundation Heifer Package Raises More Than $265,000 for Youth, Education & Research
Herbster Angus Farms, Falls City, Neb., purchases Basin Lucy 6265, donated by Basin Angus Ranch, Joliet, Mont.
The Angus Foundation Heifer Package has been the premier fundraiser for the Angus Foundation to generate funds for Angus youth, education and research efforts. Generous Angus breeders from across the country stepped up as buyers on Wednesday, Jan. 11, at the National Western Stock Show (NWSS) Angus Bull Sale in Denver, Colo., to raise $265,750 in support of the Angus Foundation.
It was standing room only in the historic Stadium Arena when the Angus Foundation Heifer Package sold for $170,000 to longtime Angus supporters, Charles W. and Judy Herbster of Herbster Angus Farms, Falls City, Neb. Continue reading
Champions named in NWSS junior Limousin show
Members of the North American Limousin Junior Association paraded their Limousin and Lim-Flex entries in the 2017 National Western Stock Show junior show. The show was held Tuesday, January 10 in the NWSS Stadium Arena, Denver. Judge Jon DeClerck, Lubbock, Texas, evaluated the 18 Limousin and 34 Lim-Flex animals. Continue reading
Governor Hickenlooper Announces Colorado State Fair Commissioner Appointments
The Colorado State Fair Authority Board of Commissioners directs and supervises the Colorado State Fair and Industrial Exposition. The Fair is held annually at Pueblo for the display of livestock and agricultural, horticultural, industrial, mining, recreational, educational and scientific products of the State of Colorado. For terms expiring November 1, 2020:
- Virginia “Ginny” Vietti of Frisco, a Democrat residing in the Second Congressional District, reappointed;
- Ralph Paul Youngs of Steamboat Springs, an Unaffiliated residing in the Third Congressional District, appointed.
The 2017 CO State Fair Aug 25th – Sept 4th learn more online @ http://www.coloradostatefair.com/
Weld County 4-H is proud to announce that Andrew Littlefield has been selected to be a representative of Colorado at the National 4-H Conference! Andrew will travel to the National 4-H Youth Conference Center in Chevy Chase, Maryland at the end of March with six other 4-H members from across the state. During the week at the conference, he will have the opportunity to work with members from across the nation to develop life skills through practical application. Delegates will select an important societal topic and, through group meetings, prepare a briefing of their topic. The conference takes this one step further by then providing the delegates the chance to present their briefing to federal officials in the Washington D. C. area.
Weld County 4-H is currently open for enrollment for new members until March 1st. Youth ages 5-18 as of December 31st, 2016 are eligible to participate in the program. If you have any questions about the program or the enrollment process, please contact Kim at 970-400-2079 or visit our website at www.weld4h.org Continue reading
The Colorado Agricultural Development Authority (CADA) is responsible for administering that program. And joining the CO Ag News Network to discuss this in more detail is Jim Rubingh, Executive Director of CADA…
The Colorado Agricultural Development Authority (CADA) is an independent public body established by statute in 1981. Its mission is to encourage the investment of private capital in the agricultural sector through the use of public financing for the purpose of making low-interest loans available to agricultural producers for specified uses. To learn more about the Colorado Agriculture Development Authority, or to apply for a Beginning Farmer Loan, please visit http://www.cadafarmloan.com/
Inside the BARN with Angus Foundation’s Chris Stephens…
(The BARN – Briggsdale, CO) December 20, 2016 –Joining the CO Ag News Network at this time by telephone is Chris Stephens, Angus Foundation’s Assistant Director of Development, discussing Angus activities during the 111th NWSS in January.
Specifically, Stephens focuses on the fundraising initiative the non-profit oversees to advance youth, education and research initiatives...
Learn more about Chris Stephens, Angus Foundation’s Assistant Director of Development – CLICK HERE
BONUS COVERAGE LOOK BELOW
Inside the American Angus Association with David Gazda, Region 2 Manager: NWSS Angus Bull Sale and more…
(The BARN – Briggsdale, CO) December 16, 2016 – On Jan. 11, 2017, a new evening event will grace the Stadium Arena during the 111th NWSS, to not only celebrate the heritage of ranching, but also the unprecedented, century-plus expansion of Angus into the West.
Joining the CO Ag News Network to discuss the Angus Bull Sale in more detail is David Gazda, Regional Manager with the American Angus Association who is also the NWSS Angus Bull Sale manager…
BONUS COVERAGE LOOK BELOW Continue reading
New Angus Event Headlines Denver Activities
Angus to host its first-ever evening auction and social in the historic Stadium Arena during the National Western Stock Show.
Denver’s historic Stadium Arena, the heart of the National Western Stock Show (NWSS), was built in 1909 to celebrate the growth and viability of the West’s ranching industry.
Today, its brick walls, steel columns and distinctive green chairs still bear witness to dozens of cattle shows each year, and the old building remains a symbol of the forward-leaning optimism of ranchers. On Jan. 11, 2017, a new evening event will grace the Stadium Arena to not only celebrate the heritage of ranching, but also the unprecedented, century-plus expansion of Angus into the West.
Sponsored by Merial, the event will feature a bull sale, a fundraising auction and live entertainment. It’s also open to any cattle producer interested in attending with additional support from Neogen GeneSeek Operations.
“We’re excited to host this event in Denver, and we want all ranchers to know they’re welcome to attend,” says Allen Moczygemba, American Angus Association CEO. “Our goal is to renew our commitment to the National Western Stock Show, and to reinvigorate the interest of commercial producers and others in Angus events in Denver.”
The event kicks off at 5 p.m. with the National Western Angus Bull Sale, featuring more than 50 lots of top genetics from leading registered operations from across the country. Producers interested in evaluating the bulls prior to the sale may attend the Angus Sale Bull Show beginning at 8 a.m., earlier that day. Cash prizes and awards this year will exceed $10,000, and the grand and reserve grand champion bulls will be awarded a $1,000 genetic package donated by Zoetis. Continue reading
Colorado Pork Producers to hold Pork Act Delegate Election
December 14, 2016 – The election of pork producer delegate candidates for the 2018 National Pork Producers (Pork Act) Delegate Body will take place at 10:00 Am January 21,2017, in conjunction with a Board of Directors meeting of Colorado Pork Producers Council at Park Place Hyatt Downtown in Denver, CO 440 14th St. All Colorado pork producers are invited to attend.
Any producer, age 18 or older, who is a resident of the state and has paid all assessments due may be considered as a delegate candidate and/or participate in the election. All eligible producers are encouraged to bring with them a sales receipt proving that hogs were sold in their name and the checkoff deducted.
Weld County 4-H Showcase in Greeley on Dec 3rd
Weld County 4-H is proud to present its 4-H Showcase on Saturday, December 3, 2016 at the Exhibition Building, 525 N. 15th Avenue, at Island Grove Regional Park in Greeley from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm. Admission and parking are free. The 4-H Showcase offers the citizens of Weld County the opportunity to attend and participate in demonstrations and activities by the Weld County 4-H Youth on anything from leathercraft to decorating a cookie. Many fun demonstrations are planned and the event is great for both the young and the young at heart. Continue reading
National Western Stock Show Catch-a-Calf Application Deadline Approaches
By Amy Kelley, CSU Extension Agent, Cheyenne County
Cheyenne Wells – The National Western Stock Show Catch-a-Calf Contest is having a big year! 2017 marks the 80th year of Catch-a-Calf! With such an important anniversary it is a great year to enter the contest. However, the deadline is fast approaching.
Catch-a-Calf participants first must catch a calf at one of the National Western Stock Show Rodeo performances. They then return in May to receive their project, which they are required to feed and care for until the following year’s Stock Show. At that time participants bring their steers to be evaluated based on their rate of gain, appearance, and carcass. Participants must also submit a record book, participate in an interview, and compete in showmanship. The overall grand and reserve grand champion Catch-a-Calf steers are eligible for the Auction of Junior Livestock Champions. The National Western Stock Show Catch-a-Calf Program would not be possible without generous sponsors, so participants are also required to send monthly correspondence to their sponsors.
This practical beef cattle management educational program is open to 4-H members from Colorado, Wyoming, Kansas, and Nebraska that are between 12 and 19 years of age, as of December 31st, 2016. Youth must complete an application and return it by the December 1st, 2016 deadline. For an application and more information please visit http://www.nationalwestern.com/livestock-shows/catch-a-calf-contest/ or see your local extension office.