The Cattle Super Bowl

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While the Broncos beat the New England Patriots on Sunday to advance to the NFL Super Bowl, livestock at the National Western Stock Show were getting ready to advance closer to their own Lombardi T

While the Broncos beat the New England Patriots on Sunday to advance to the NFL Super Bowl, livestock at the National Western Stock Show were getting ready to advance closer to their own Lombardi Trophy.

 

Dar Giess, from DLCC farms in Pierz, MN has been going to the Stock Show since he was twelve and been in the cattle business his whole lifetime. He said, "The National Western Stock Show is like the Super Bowl of stock shows. All the great stock are together; the best of the best."

 

Preparation for this year's stock show begins up to two years in advance. Tons of planning goes into every cow's appearance in January. "Basically with this (the NWSS), it's a year to year project," Giess spoke.

 

His method to picking the cow to represent the farm is to "Pick the animal that really excels in patterns." General appearance, firm legs, and the ability to resound to movement also help the right cow stand out in the crowd. There's also a process to preparing top-notch cows. This involves getting them into the barn, getting them fed, watered down, dressed, hair-blown and dried, and then repeating it over and over.

 

"The sixty days before the show are really intense," he told.

 

With all the hard work being put into a chance to win, it's not a surprise that there's a sense of competition hanging around the Stock Show. "The competition is really fierce. In some of these championships, it comes down to how they (the cows) stride. The top line."

 

 The "show life" of a heifer is only from 1 1/2 – 2 years, so it's very important to work as a team to accomplish what needs to be done. From the preparation to the moments of judging, the bottom line for the story of NWSS success is teamwork.