Cattle Exhibitors Prepare for Cattlemen’s Congress


From December 30th to January 15th, the biggest show in cattle North America will be taking place in Oklahoma City. Cattlemen’s Congress came into existence last year after the cancellation of the National Western Stockshow in Denver. 

“During Cattlemen’s you get to see a lot of really good animals from around the United States and Canada, best of the best, and that’s really one of my favorite things about it,” Mr. Mitchell, ag teacher, said. 

Last year nearly 10,000 head of cattle were entered into the show, along with around 2,900 exhibitors, and they are hoping for those same results in 2022. The Canton FFA chapter exhibitors will be taking a total of eleven heifers and a steer to compete against the biggest and best cattle companies in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. 

“My favorite part is getting to see all the big name livestock companies and the display bulls all in one place,” Mrs. Wood, horticulture teacher, said. 

On Friday, December 31, 2021, two Hereford heifers will arrive, and on Saturday, January 1, 2022. Four Charolais heifers will follow them. Monday, January 3, 2022, Herefords will check in, and at 1 p.m. Charolais will check in as well. Tuesday, January 4, 2022, one Maintainer heifer will arrive, and on Wednesday, January 5, 2022, the Hereford show will begin. Thursday, January 6, 2022, two Simmental heifers arrive and the Charolais heifer show will begin. On Friday, January 7, 2022, the Maintainer show will begin and Simmental heifers will check in at 3 p.m. On Sunday, January 9, 2022, the Simmental show will begin. 

On Wednesday, January 12, 2022, three prospect heifers and market steers will arrive. Thursday, January 13, 2022, prospect heifers have to check in by 7 p.m. online. On Friday, January 14, 2022, prospect heifers will show and market steers have to check in by 3 p.m. online. On Saturday, January 15, 2022, market steers will show and Canton will be finished at Cattlemen’s Congress. 

“What I find the most exciting about Cattlemen’s Congress is getting to see all the good cattle from around the states and getting to look at all the stores and vendors,” Amanda Schoonmaker, cattle exhibitor, said.