A limited number of 4-H members have the opportunity to catch a calf each January during the National Western Stock Show in Denver. Successful catchers will receive their calf in May 2017 to begin feeding the calf to market finish. Youth must show and sell their calf at the 2018 National Western Stock Show. The calves used from this contest are bought with money donated by business sponsors.
Top achievers of the catch-a-calf contest are recognized for their record-keeping abilities relationships, with sponsors preliminary through correspondence and showmanship skills. Rate-of-gain and carcass value are also important in evaluating achievers along with the live animal evaluation.
4-H members from Nebraska, Colorado, Wyoming and Kansas are eligible to submit applications. 4-H members may obtain applications from county Extension offices or download it from the National Western Stock Show website.
Applicants must be between the ages of 12-18 as of Dec. 31, 2016, and must be enrolled in 4-H at the time of application. Applicants must have parental as well as Extension educator consent in order to submit an application. Selected 4-H member applicants will be sent details regarding participation before January 2017.
Applications are due to Amy Kelley (Cheyenne County Extension, PO Box 395, Cheyenne Wells, CO 80810) postmarked no later than Dec. 1, 2016. Information about the catch-a-calf contest can be found on the National Western's Stock Show website: http://results.nationalwestern.com/catch-a-calf/. Contact your local Extension office in Delta, Montrose or Mesa County or call Rob Eirich at 308-632-1230 for more information and an application regarding the 2017 catch-a-calf contest.