Prepping and Selling 4-H Show Calves: Where it Begins

Most of the pomp and circumstance at cattle shows swirls around the big purebred championships. It’s not different at Canadian Western Agribition, where show-stopping bulls sell for more money than most people’s cars cost.

There’s a lot more that goes on at Agribition, though, that doesn’t always get as much attention, but it’s important nonetheless. Agribition is where many future ranchers pick up fancy show calves for the upcoming 4-H show season.

While there this year, Lyndsey Smith caught up with just one of several ranchers who selects a hand full of fancy calves to show and sell at Agribition. In this video, Tyson Rasmusssen, of Ty-D Cattle Co., explains how these calves are bred (hint: they’re almost always commercial stock), selected and prepped for sale, as well as the prices he expects at a show and sale of this caliber.

(Tyson went to do quite well at the show. Results are on the web at:

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One Comment

Todd McKinnon

I don’t even know where to start….this is a travesty to the true spirit of 4-H. I have heard prices as high as $3500 for a 700 lb calf. Paying 3 to 4 times market value? What is this teaching the future generation of cattlemen? Don’t get me started on the obscene prices these calves sell for next spring.


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