Local Angus cattle prove worthy at NWSS
Angus producers competed for top honors during the 2014 National Western Stock Show (NWSS) Angus Carload & Pen Show, Jan. 18 in Denver, Colo. Seven carloads and 31 pens-of-three were showcased in the Yards during the 108th NWSS.
Paul Bennett, Red House, Va.; Chad Ellingson, Saint Anthony, N.D.; and Darrell Hansen, Elk Grove, Calif., evaluated the bulls and selected champions.
Express Angus Ranches, Yukon, Okla., claimed grand champion carload, with 10 January 2013 bulls sired by A A R Ten X 7008 S A; EXAR Upshot 0562B; Connealy Final Product; Connealy Consensus 7229; EXAR 263C; and Rito 6EM3 of 4L1 Emblazon. The group weighed an average of 1,483 pounds and posted an average scrotal circumference of 38.9 centimeters.
Krebs Ranch, Gordon, Neb., exhibited the reserve grand champion carload with January and February 2013 bulls sired by Koupals B&B Identity; Mogck Bullseye; Barstow Cash; K R Gavel 1057; H A R B; Rick O’Shay 838 J H; and VAR Rocky 80029. The ten bulls posted an average weight of 1,375 pounds, and an average scrotal circumference of 38.6 centimeters.
Bush Angus, Britton, S.D., showcased the grand champion pen of three with February 2013 sons of Vin-Mar O’Reilly Factor. The trio posted an average weight of 1,442 pounds and an average scrotal circumference of 37.5 centimeters. The bulls first won late calf champion.
Krebs Ranch captured the reserve grand champion pen of three after first claiming reserve late calf champion. The March 2013 sons of K Bar D Joe Canada 18Y and Barstow Cash posted an average weight of 1,272 pounds and an average scrotal circumference of 37.2 centimeters.
Carload 10 Junior Bull Calves, calved after Jan. 1, 2013
1: Express Ranches, Yukon, Okla., wt: 1,483 lbs
2: Krebs Ranch, Gordon, Neb., wt: 1,375 lbs
3: Mohnen Angus, White Lake, S.D., wt: 1,363 lbs
4: Vin-Mar Cattle Co., Gordon, Neb., wt: 1,390 lbs
5: Chestnut Angus Farm, Pipestone, Minn., wt: 1,255 lbs
6: Frey Angus Ranch, Granville, N.D., wt: 1,257 lbs
7: Boss Cattle Co., Chappell, Neb., wt: 1,217 lbs
–American Angus Ass’n and NWSS
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