CSU Day at the National Western Stock Show is tomorrow, Jan. 18. The celebration of Western heritage and Ram pride will be filled with rodeo, mutton bustin’, giveaways, pictures with CAM the Ram and plenty of green and gold.
CSU System Chancellor Mike Martin and other members of the Board of Governors will kick off the 11 a.m. rodeo with an entrance on the National Western Stock Show’s stage coach. CSU football players also will be featured at the rodeo on CSU Day in honor of the team’s victory over Washington State in this year’s Gildan New Mexico Bowl.
Colorado State University has a long and storied connection to the National Western Stock Show, one of Denver’s and the Rocky Mountain West’s most anticipated annual traditions.
Today, the partnership between the National Western Stock Show and Colorado State remains strong. “The National Western Stock Show continues its history of generous giving and support of Colorado State. The Stock Show is the largest individual annual scholarship donor in the College of Agricultural Sciences,” said Rick Brase, director of development.
Also part of CSU day is CSU’s Ag Adventure, an interactive educational exhibit located next to the CSU booth. The Ag Adventure exhibit includes hands-on displays from a variety of Colorado commodity groups and trade organizations. Ag Adventure teaches children and other visitors about livestock production, crop production, animal husbandry, land stewardship and the “farm-to-plate” process through a series of entertaining activities.
The CSU Seedstock Merchandising Team, a select group of 8 undergraduate students, will be competing at the National Western Stock Show with 2 pens of cattle. The students selected these cattle from the 2013-born calf crop produced at CSU’s Agricultural Research, Development, and Education Center in Fort Collins. Since selecting them this fall, the team has been developing and preparing these cattle for the upcoming show. The team will have cattle at the Stock Show on CSU Day. They will be hosting a CSU booth in "the yards."
Jennifer Dimas at Jennifer.Dimas@colostate.edu or (970) 491-1543.