The 115th National Western Stock Show Postponed Until January 2022

Denver, CO – The Western Stock Show Association (WSSA) Board of Directors together with the National Western Stock Show (NWSS) management, has made the difficult decision to postpone the 115th National Western Stock Show by one year and to resume the event in January 2022.
The COVID-19 pandemic does not allow for the Stock Show to host the annual event and comply with the health and safety guidelines that are necessary to protect Coloradans and help stop the spread. More importantly, the projected environment through to the end of the year is too uncertain and therefore not reassuring enough to allow a traditional Stock Show to take place without potentially compromising the health and safety of exhibitors, visitors, and the public at large.
“The decision to postpone the 2021 Stock Show is incredibly difficult for our Board of Directors, staff, volunteers, business partners and the City and County of Denver,” stated Doug Jones, Chairman of the WSSA, “but the iconic western events and traditions we all know and love will be back in 2022, stronger than ever,” added Jones.
“Over the past several months, we reviewed and exhausted every option possible to host our event including a modified show with reduced capacity,” said Paul Andrews, President and CEO of the NWSS. “Ultimately, the health and safety of our guests, exhibitors, volunteers, and staff is of top priority and the NWSS and the City of Denver could not find a path forward to have Stock Show and comply with the rules that govern gatherings of our size and rules of social distancing,” said Andrews.
Stock Show management made the early decision due to the intense planning and expenses that go into the NWSS. “We needed to make sure we announced early enough so all the livestock producers, contestants, competitors, and exhibitors do not incur time and cost they can’t recover,” stated Andrews, “and as an indoor event in the heart of winter, we had to consider the virus could be spread more easily indoors, potentially compromising the safety and health of thousands of people. The responsible decision was to postpone the show.”
Every January, the NWSS hosts the super bowl of livestock shows along with professional rodeo competition and horse shows that are celebrated globally. The trade show is the largest western trade show in Colorado with nearly 900 booth spaces throughout the 90-acre grounds. The Stock Show draws over 700,000 attendees during the 16 days in January with record days seeing over 65,000 guests on site. The NWSS drives an economic impact of nearly 120 million dollars in January alone. The show supports 4-H and FFA partnerships that span more than a century and supports over 100 students annually studying in the fields of agriculture and rural medicine at dozens of colleges throughout Colorado and Wyoming. All of this as a non-profit 501(c)(3).
“We would like to thank our loyal stock show fans that are standing by us through this unprecedented time in history,” said Andrews. “We look forward to celebrating the return of Stock Show in 2022 with the grand opening of the historic Yards and Stockyards Event Center. Mark your calendars for January 8th through the 23rd, 2022,” said Andrews.

Retained Cattle Ownership This Might Be The Year To Hold Them

Victoria G. Myers
Progressive Farmer Senior Editor

Even with all its ups and downs, the 2020 cattle market likely has some opportunity left in it for many cow-calf producers across the country.
Derrell Peel, Oklahoma State University Livestock Marketing Specialist, reported the futures markets are looking positive, and with that there are some added options for producers to turn a challenging year into a profitable one.
Asked to forecast the market, Peel noted he’s been “pretty impressed over the last few weeks with the way these markets have improved. We have a consistent signal across the industry right now, which is very good.”
Two areas he said cow-calf operators should pay close attention to right now are their cow culling decisions and retained ownership of calves.
Early weaning decisions can create more options in drought-hit areas, allowing producers to make culling decisions earlier rather than later when it comes to cow herds. “If you pull calves off now because forage resources are low, it makes sense to do some early culling” he said.
CULL COW PRICING TRENDS
Before timing out cull sales, however, it’s important to consider trends. Cull cow prices are traditionally one of the most predictable parts of the cattle market year over year.
CattleFax analysts recently released a report looking at this trend and factoring in COVID-19 disruptions to the cull cow market. They noted it’s probably a bad idea to sell culls on the fall spot market, and depending on the operation said there may be an opportunity found in holding culls through what is traditionally the low-end of the cull market, which the 20-year index puts in the October-through-December time frame.
CattleFax reported in August that using the recent peak of $69.46/cwt basis, a fall low of $51 to $55 is not out of the question on utility prices.
This year, drought pushed many producers to wean early, and as a result more cull cows have likely already found their way into the market. For many operations holding onto culls puts unnecessary pressure on pastures and resources through the winter. It’s important to recognize, however, that every operation is different, and for those that can hold cows and add 100 pounds before selling in February or March, have over the last 20 years seen the market pay an average of $141 per head for producers to feed those culls an extra 3 to 4 months. That comes down to a breakeven cost of gain of $1.41 per pound. So crunch the numbers, because the odds may be in favor of holding a cull now that the market is trending down.
RETAINED OWNERSHIP EQUATION
Also factor in the possibility of retaining ownership of calves this fall. Oklahoma’s Peel believes the practice could well lead to some increased profits, depending on how long they are held and what resources are available. The key is to look at cost, versus sales opportunity.
“Evaluate retained ownership or decide to sell now,” he said. “Short backgrounding could payoff. The market looks pretty positive; the futures are strong right now. Here’s an opportunity to do some risk management.”
He said producers can look to futures as an indicator of where the markets may end up and use that information to help in making these decisions. Key is to consider price and availability of supplemental feeds and grazing in the area.

Wrangler NFR Moves To Arlington, Texas For 2020

Colorado Springs, Colo. – The Wrangler National Finals Rodeo is moving to Texas in December.
Arlington’s Globe Life Field, home of the Texas Rangers, will host the 2020 Wrangler NFR – the first non-baseball event at the new park. Event organizers confirmed the event, which will take place Dec. 3-12, will comply with all health and safety protocols for attendees.
“We are so pleased to be at this amazing stadium for the most celebrated event on the rodeo calendar,” PRCA CEO George Taylor said. “We are committed to delivering a spectacular event for our fans and are thrilled to be in Texas for it.”
Globe Life Field officials have emphasized that recommended health and safety standards are being met. Safety measures will include a mask requirement at all times while inside Globe Life Field. There will be additional hand-washing and sanitizing stations throughout the building.
Seats will be sold in groups of four with separation between groups. Contact-limiting measures, such as mobile tickets, have been implemented. There will also be metal-detector screenings and a no-bag policy at entries on performance nights.
Nearby Fort Worth will also play host to the annual PRCA Convention, Nov. 30 to Dec. 3, in addition to Cowboy Christmas and other fan-favorite events.
The NFR was born in Texas, and the first three years of the event were held at the Dallas State Fairgrounds beginning in 1959. Years later, the event moved to Las Vegas and has been staged at the Thomas & Mack Center at UNLV since 1985. That venue is not available for live entertainment with fans this year due to coronavirus restrictions in Nevada.
In a survey earlier this summer, rodeo fans said overwhelmingly that they wanted an NFR venue that would accommodate fans. Organizers pledge to preserve the NFR experience that fans love and that has necessitated a one-year move out of Las Vegas.
The PRCA began looking for an alternate venue earlier in the summer. The state of Texas, the Texas Rangers and Globe Life Field stepped up. Ultimately, this has been a thoughtful partnership between Texas, Globe Life Field, the cities of Arlington and Fort Worth, the Arlington Convention and Visitors Bureau, Visit Fort Worth, and the sports commissions of both Arlington and Fort Worth.
“The state of Texas knows how to do this,” Taylor said. “We’ve been impressed with how well this has come together for our rodeo cowboys and rodeo fans.”
The schedule also includes nightly Buckle Presentations, Benny Binion’s World Famous Wrangler NFR Bucking Horse Sale, the PRCA Awards Banquet and Gala, and the Pro Rodeo League of Women Style Show and Luncheon.
Tickets for the Wrangler NFR will go on sale to the public Sept. 25 via texasrangers.com/NFR. Wrangler NFR season ticket holders can purchase tickets early beginning Sept. 16. The Wrangler NFR and the PRCA awards ceremonies will be broadcast on The Cowboy Channel. The PRCA on Cowboy Channel Plus app users will be able to stream events both live and recorded.
Visit prorodeo.com for updates, frequently asked questions and Wrangler NFR coverage.

Direct Receipts

Direct Receipts: 24,000

Texas 1100. 92 pct over 600 lbs. pct heifers. Steers: Medium and Large 1 Current FOB 660 lbs 144.24; 743 lbs 137.96; 750-775 lbs 133.00-140.00; 800-825 lbs 133.00-136.00. Current delivery 560 lbs 144.00; 600 lbs 144.00; 654 lbs 137.37; 700-732 lbs 139.02-147.00; 750-775 lbs 139.50-140.00; 800-840 lbs 134.55-137.00; 858-875 lbs 131.00-132.00. Medium and Large 1-2 Current FOB 600-650 lbs 145.97; Current Del 550-600 lbs 143.86; Sept-Oct FOB 700-750 lbs 136.27; Oct FOB 700-750 lbs 136.25. Heifers: Medium and Large 1 Current FOB 700-750 lbs 126.00-130.40; 750-800 lbs 126.00; Current Del 500-550 lbs 138.00; 600-650 lbs 134.00-141.00; 700-750 lbs 129.50-135.25; 750-800 lbs 132.00; Sept-Oct FOB 700-750 lbs 131.30; 750-800 lbs 130.50; Nov FOB 700-750 lbs 126.75-131.65; Dec FOB 700-750 lbs 125.80-129.55; Dec Del 700-750 lbs 123.90-125.90. Medium and Large 1-2 Current FOB 700-750 lbs 125.83; Current Del 550-600 lbs 138.27; Oct FOB 650-700 lbs 129.25.

Oklahoma 1000. 100 pct over 600 lbs. 0 pct heifers. Steers: Medium and Large 1 Current FOB 700 lbs 139.00-145.79; 750-775 lbs 138.00-143.50; 825 lbs 135.79; 900 lbs 127.50. Delivered Medium and Large 1-2 Current FOB 850-900 lbs 128.10-129.00.

New Mexico 200. 100 pct over 600 lbs. 0 pct heifers. Steers Medium and Large 1 800-825 (806) lbs 133.05-134.00 (133.29) Current FOB.

Kansas 3200. 100 pct over 600 lbs. 34 pct heifers. Steers: Medium and Large 1 Current FOB; Current Del tested; Oct Del based; Nov Del equivalent base. Delivered Medium and Large 1-2 Current FOB 700-750 lbs 135.79; Current Del 900-950 lbs 130.00. Heifers: Medium and Large 1 Current FOB 750-800 lbs 126.00; Nov FOB 700-750 lbs 129.30-130.00; Current Del 750-800 lbs 131.85; Oct Del 800-850 lbs 129.85.

National Feeder Cattle Summary

St. Joseph, MO — September 11
Receipts: 119,800

Steers and heifers sold uneven; $2 lower to $2 higher. Demand for yearlings coming off grass is good to very good, with the demand for calves being moderate at this point in the calendar year. The CME Cattle Complex recovered all Sept. 4 losses Sept. 11 with Sept. 9 being the only day showing in the red. Early week sales were limited to those that were holding Labor Day Specials. The normal seasonal occurrence of price spread between steers and heifers are going to be at the forefront again this fall. A large drop in temperatures throughout the Plains will also test a ranchers vaccination program, with many states seeing highs in the 50’s along with a cold rain or mist – breeding ground for sickness in a calf’s compromised immune system. The September WASDE report was released with reductions in corn and soybean production expected by the grain traders. USDA dropped corn yield to 178.5 bushels per acre(bpa); the largest August to September yield decline since 2011. The soybean yield estimate dropped to 51.9 bpa while the total production came in near trade estimates for both corn and soybeans. The USDA estimated total corn production at 14.9 billion bushels with harvested acres reduced 550,000 acres due to the 700 plus mile long “derecho” that occurred in August through the Corn Belt. Negotiated cash fed cattle trade in Southern Plains traded $1-2 lower at $101-102, while Nebraska dressed sales were $2-3 lower at $160-161. Steer dressed weights surged again to 916 lbs, up 6 lbs from the Sept. 4. Choice boxed beef was reported at $219.89, $5.96 lower than Sept. 4 close. Select cutout was reported at $207.10, $2.20 lower than Sept. 4 close. Estimated cattle slaughter under federal inspection was reported at a 574K, 59K less than Sept. 4, and 62K more than last year. This year’s Labor Day week cattle slaughter is 3K larger than last year.

Texas 1700. 56 pct over 600 lbs. 37 pct heifers. Steers: Medium and Large 1 400-450 lbs (433) 150.89; 500-550 lbs (505) 146.22; 550-600 lbs (565) 133.10; pkg 767 lbs 139.75; pkg 880 lbs 125.50. Medium and Large 1-2 650-700 lbs (678) 128.61; pkg 704 lbs 133.00; 750-800 lbs (770) 139.50; 850-900 lbs (864) 123.23. Heifers: Medium and Large 1 500-550 lbs (529) 132.17. Medium and Large 1-2 300-350 lbs (319) 125.86; 400-450 lbs (430) 126.67; 600-650 lbs (630) 115.36; 650-700 lbs (668) 113.06.

Oklahoma 9400. 67 pct over 600 lbs. 39 pct heifers. Steers: Medium and Large 1 300-350 lbs (332) 183.97; 350-400 lbs (374) 171.40; 400-450 lbs (424) 163.06; 450-500 lbs (471) 159.88; 500-550 lbs (513) 153.27; 550-600 lbs (578) 143.56; 600-650 lbs (620) 139.52; 650-700 lbs (672) 139.69; 700-750 lbs (730) 139.06; 750-800 lbs (781) 135.29; 800-850 lbs (828) 136.54; 850-900 lbs (873) 133.02; 900-950 lbs (932) 133.06; 950-1000 lbs (971) 133.85; 1000-1050 lbs (1017) 122.76. Medium and Large 1-2 400-450 lbs (425) 150.73; 450-500 lbs (483) 142.63; 500-550 lbs (532) 138.09; 550-600 lbs (570) 134.40; 600-650 lbs (620) 135.96; 650-700 lbs (668) 133.64; 700-750 lbs (733) 133.00; 750-800 lbs (786) 126.45; 850-900 lbs (879) 122.01; 900-950 lbs (918) 124.97. Heifers: Medium and Large 1 300-350 lbs (318) 142.83; 350-400 lbs (374) 141.82; 400-450 lbs (427) 139.48; 450-500 lbs (476) 128.99; 500-550 lbs (525) 127.83; 550-600 lbs (569) 132.14; 600-650 lbs (619) 133.08; 650-700 lbs (683) 134.94; 700-750 lbs (722) 132.06; 750-800 lbs (778) 129.99; 800-850 lbs (813) 121.84; 850-900 lbs (858) 122.37. Medium and Large 1-2 350-400 lbs (378) 132.25; 400-450 lbs (428) 131.66; 500-550 lbs (515) 128.09; 550-600 lbs (581) 125.28; 650-700 lbs (673) 126.60; 700-750 lbs (724) 124.50; 750-800 lbs (767) 122.31; 800-850 lbs (809) 119.49; 900-950 lbs (946) 110.43.

New Mexico 3500. 20 pct over 600 lbs. 45 pct heifers. Steers: Medium and Large 1 350-400 lbs (377) 160.98; 400-450 lbs (422) 157.72; 450-500 lbs (466) 147.56; 500-550 lbs (525) 141.00; 550-600 lbs (572) 134.82; 600-650 lbs (619) 131.26; 700-750 lbs (718) 126.80. Medium and Large 1-2 300-350 lbs (342) 169.86; 350-400 lbs (373) 160.26; 400-450 lbs (435) 152.46; 450-500 lbs (470) 143.75; 500-550 lbs (526) 139.46; 550-600 lbs (581) 133.81; 600-650 lbs (610) 137.79. Heifers: Medium and Large 1 400-450 lbs (427) 133.99; 450-500 lbs (484) 126.40; 500-550 lbs (534) 124.83; 550-600 lbs (564) 124.32. Medium and Large 1-2 300-350 lbs (332) 146.90; 350-400 lbs (386) 138.83; 450-500 lbs (471) 127.73; 500-550 lbs (513) 124.83; 550-600 lbs (572) 120.43.

Kansas 4900. 94 pct over 600 lbs. 54 pct heifers. Steers: Medium and Large 1 500-550 lbs (531) 158.26; 550-600 lbs (583) 152.44; 600-650 lbs (620) 148.83; 650-700 lbs (672) 145.61; 700-750 lbs (734) 144.17; 750-800 lbs (783) 141.51; 800-850 lbs (824) 141.49; 850-900 lbs (874) 136.48; 900-950 lbs (926) 131.68; 950-1000 lbs (981) 129.02. Medium and Large 1-2 750-800 lbs (773) 134.42; few loads 863 lbs 131.85. Heifers: Medium and Large 1 500-550 lbs (534) 133.77; 550-600 lbs (572) 133.29; 600-650 lbs (633) 134.20; 650-700 lbs (681) 140.61; 700-750 lbs (731) 134.89; 750-800 lbs (763) 134.40; 800-850 lbs (818) 125.92; 850-900 lbs (855) 130.94; part load 919 lbs 119.50. Medium and Large 1-2 pkg 649 lbs 133.50.

Missouri 10,300. 52 pct over 600 lbs. 43 pct heifers. Steers: Medium and Large 1 350-400 lbs (373) 171.54; 400-450 lbs (426) 168.68; 450-500 lbs (470) 163.27; 500-550 lbs (526) 160.38; 550-600 lbs (572) 157.80; 600-650 lbs (618) 150.49; 650-700 lbs (671) 150.00; 700-750 lbs (719) 144.94; 750-800 lbs (766) 146.17; 800-850 lbs (828) 141.49; 850-900 lbs (884) 136.80. Medium and Large 1-2 400-450 lbs (417) 156.37; 450-500 lbs (474) 147.90; 500-550 lbs (526) 145.68; 550-600 lbs (578) 147.08; 600-650 lbs (629) 139.65; 650-700 lbs (673) 137.15; 700-750 lbs (724) 132.07; 750-800 lbs (774) 133.24; 800-850 lbs (823) 129.61; 850-900 lbs (864) 133.30; 900-950 lbs (933) 127.38. Dairy Steers: Large 3 450-500 lbs (472) 88.35; 500-550 lbs (535) 90.03. Heifers: Medium and Large 1 350-400 lbs (373) 150.31; 400-450 lbs (418) 150.71; 450-500 lbs (474) 144.00; 500-550 lbs (529) 142.95; 550-600 lbs (576) 142.72; 600-650 lbs (627) 141.28; 650-700 lbs (674) 140.13; 700-750 lbs (709) 135.96; 750-800 lbs (770) 134.98. Medium and Large 1-2 350-400 lbs (372) 144.57; 400-450 lbs (424) 140.79; 450-500 lbs (478) 134.63; 500-550 lbs (527) 134.64; 550-600 lbs (570) 135.63; 600-650 lbs (627) 135.17; 650-700 lbs (665) 135.20; 700-750 lbs (719) 125.96; 750-800 lbs (765) 124.33.

Arkansas 3000. 20 pct over 600 lbs. 43 pct heifers. Steers: Medium and Large 1 300-350 lbs (327) 175.11; 350-400 lbs (374) 167.07; 400-450 lbs (418) 155.43; 450-500 lbs (474) 149.64; 500-550 lbs (523) 142.03; 550-600 lbs (567) 139.79; 600-650 lbs (625) 133.83; 650-700 lbs (663) 129.27. Medium and Large 1-2 500-550 lbs (525) 145.48. Heifers: Medium and Large 1 300-350 lbs (326) 148.55; 350-400 lbs (373) 145.14; 400-450 lbs (425) 138.98; 450-500 lbs (469) 130.00; 500-550 lbs (521) 126.14; 550-600 lbs (570) 122.97; 600-650 lbs (619) 121.48; 650-700 lbs (670) 118.01.

 

 

 

 

 

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