A limited number of 4-H members have the opportunity to catch a calf each January during the National Western Stock Show held in Denver.
Successful catchers will receive their calf in May 2018 to begin feeding the calf to market finish. Youth must show and sell their calf at the 2019 National Western Stock Show. The calves used for this contest are bought with money donated by business sponsors.
Top achievers of the Catch-A-Calf Contest are recognized for their record-keeping abilities, relationships with sponsors primarily through correspondence, and showmanship skills. Rate-of Gain and carcass value are also important in evaluating top achievers along with the live animal evaluation.