The National Western Stock Show Catch-A-Calf Program is designed to promote youth development and understanding of the cattle industry. Youth who choose to participate in the contest may have a range of experiences raising, feeding and showing beef cattle, all are encouraged to apply.

To apply applicants must be between the ages of 12 and 18 as of December 31, 2016 and be enrolled in 4-H at the time of application. Successful catchers must have adequate facilities available to house their steer as they are responsible for the care, feeding, and handling of their animal. The applications to participate in this year’s Catch-a-Calf program at the NWSS are now available on line at Applications must be postmarked by December 1, 2016!

Youth who catch a calf are to pick up the calf at the National Western Livestock Center in May of 2017, and start the calf immediately as a 4-H project.  Calves must be exhibited and sold at the 2018 National Western Stock Show.  (Calves the past two years have come from Nebraska Sandhill Ranches.)