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National Western Stock Show: National Western Angus Bull Sale returns to Denver

Published on 22 December 2017

The 2018 National Western Bull Sale, scheduled for Jan. 10, will head back to the National Western Stock Show (NWSS) in Denver. Held in the historic Stadium Arena, the event celebrates the rich history and success of the Angus breed.

Last year, almost 2,500 people packed the arena, making the event the largest cattle sale in the building since the 1950s. As the only sale hosted by the association, the event celebrates the Angus breed’s impact on Western ranching and symbolizes the success of the breed for years to come.

“Angus breeders again have consigned another excellent group of bulls for the 2018 NWSS Angus Bull Sale,” said David Gazda, sale manager and director of field services at American Angus Association. “This year, approximately 40 bulls will be offered and are consigned from some of the most respected and progressive breeding programs in the country.”

The Angus Bull Sale Show will kick off NWSS Angus shows on Jan. 10 at 8 a.m. in the Stadium Arena. A three-person judging committee will place the bulls to help make a sale order. Judges for the event will be Art Butler, Bliss, Idaho; Sam Carter, Arthur, Nebraska; and Mike McGuire, Waverly, Alabama. The ROV Angus Bull Show will follow the Bull Sale Show at 11 a.m.

A social hour will precede the sales with entertainment from the Jake Hooker Band, and Vintage Blackbird 7184, the 2018 Angus Foundation female donated by Vintage Angus of Modesto, California, will kick-start the sale at 5:30 p.m. The heifer is sired by VAR Discovery 2240, the $110,000 top-selling bull of the 2013 Vintage Angus Ranch bull sale.

“Both seedstock and commercial cattlemen can come to Denver and buy with confidence, assured they are purchasing the most progressive, documented and high-accuracy genetics available in the Angus breed today,” Gazda said.

All consignments will have Angus Herd Improvement Records performance information and a complete set of genomically enhanced expected progeny differences. Each bull must rank in the top 50 percent of the breed for non-parent bulls for the expected progeny differences and $Value Indexes that include Weaning Weight, Yearling Weight, Dollar Weaning and Dollar Beef.

For more information about the sale and to request a catalog, contact David Gazda, sale manager, at or (706) 296-7846, or Tonya Theis, association events and education administrative assistant, at or (816) 383-5142.

Attendees are encouraged to book rooms at the Angus headquarters hotel, the Denver Marriott City Center. The association reserved a block of rooms, and reservations must be made by Dec. 15 to secure a room at the discounted rate.

Immediate show results will be available online and on the association’s app, Angus Mobile, along with a complete event schedule, show ring videos, event photos and breaking news alerts.

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—From American Angus Association news release